NLP and TIME LINE THERAPY
If you’re like most people, you’ve probably experienced lack of self-confidence, anxiety and worry. Or perhaps you sub-consciously sabotaged a serious romantic relationship – because, deep down, you didn’t feel worthy of love. Perhaps you’re battling painful emotions that stem from childhood trauma or struggle to suppress the panic that arises in social situations. If so, then you’re probably a very good candidate for Time Line Therapy.
Time Line Therapy is a unique blend of Ericksonian hypnosis, neurolinguistic programming (NLP), and cognitive behavioral concepts. This powerful therapeutic model is based on the premise that our self-perception, beliefs, emotions, and behaviors stem from everything you’ve learned and experienced in life – including how you look at those experiences. Your “time line” is a complete collection of your memories, held in your brain like a sort of mental photo album.
Time Line Therapy can be used to treat depression, PTSD, and anxiety. In fact, it’s so effective for anxiety that both the British military and Russian psychologists have used it to treat soldiers suffering from PTSD. It can also be very beneficial in helping you reach your goals, have greater success in life, and make empowering decisions that align with your deepest desires and values.
Understanding the Unconscious Mind
In order to have an idea of how Time Line Therapy works – and why it’s so powerful, it helps to understand the unconscious mind.
Your unconscious mind is simply comprised of all the things of which you’re not presently conscious. Many people assume that their actions, decisions, and learning all occur on a conscious level. However, the unconscious mind plays a significant role in each of those things. That’s why it’s essential that changes occur at the unconscious level – at least if those changes are to be lasting, which, of course, is usually the desired outcome of therapy.
When you learn something it’s stored – permanently – in your unconscious mind. It may not seem that way, because you were likely conscious while you were learning. Much of your behavior is more unconscious than you realize. Consider all the things you do each day that are essentially automatic – pushing on the brakes to slow and stop your car, putting cream in your coffee, or climbing a flight of stairs. You don’t stop and consciously consider each step involved; you do it unconsciously, while your mind is focused on something else.
The same is true of change. How many New Year’s resolutions have you made, determined that this would be the year you stick with them – or at least with one or two of them. Yet, despite the best intentions, you quickly fall back into your old ways – for the 19th year in a row…
Time Line Therapy is effective because it recognizes just how powerful the unconscious mind is and why change must occur at that level.
Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
Neuro Linguistic Programming is the study of the mind and what works in our thinking, our language and our behavior. It is a communication and behavioral model developed in the 1970s which brings together various tools, strategies and techniques.
Neuro is related to the nervous system and mind — it’s learning about how we think. Linguistic means language, how we communicate, verbally and non-verbally.
Programming refers to our behavior, our habits and how we program ourselves.
Much like a computer, you can re-program your sub-conscious mind for success and empowering new beliefs.
Neuro Linguistic Programming gives you more choices about the way you think, feel and behave. It aims to help you improve what you do, achieve more of what you really want and become more of who you truly want to be.
Your Unconscious Mind
Your mind is essentially hard-wired to do certain things. This is a crucial point to recognize in NLP – Time Line Therapy as it provides the framework for the process. Your unconscious mind:
- Stores all your memories (it stores them both in relation to, and not in relation to, time)
- Organizes all your memories (it looks for associations, and links or categorizes them accordingly)
- Generates and maintains all your emotions
- Represses unresolved traumatic and painful memories (these are the ones that get “stuck” and create internal blocks)
- Presents repressed memories so that negative emotions can be resolved
- May keep those memories oppressed at times in order to protect you
- Keeps your body functioning
- Preserves your body when faced with serious danger
- Takes direction from the conscious mind
- Enforces learned morality
- Filters and controls the huge amounts of information that come in through the senses (sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell)
- Manages the body’s energy
- Generates and maintains habits and instincts / habits require repetition to take hold in the unconscious
- Constantly seeks more (e.g. this is why the excitement of something new quickly wears off)
- Works best with the least number of required parts
- Relies on, uses, and responds to symbols
- Uses as little effort as possible (i.e., takes the path of least resistance)
- Perceives everything as
- Can’t process negative input