Health, Fitness and Well-Being
There are many paths up the mountain.
- Japanese Proverb
NLP - Neuro Linguistic Programming
There is an old Japanese saying "there are many paths up the mountain."
The question is often asked, "What is NLP"?
It's easy to get confused with this question because there are two very distinct areas within NLP:
1. The basic NLP methodology
2. NLP Applications that the NLP Methodology has developed.
NLP, at the highest abstraction, is the modeling of human excellence. It was developed at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in the 1970's, by John Grinder, a Professor of Linguistics and Richard Bandler, a computer modeler/mathematician. They applied the rigor of computer modeling to human behavior. The basic idea is that if you can model something to sufficient detail to be able to reproduce its critical processes, you can recreate its' result. This approach was applied to the technique of three of the most prominent psychologist/psychiatrist of the 1970's'; Fritz Perls (Gestalt therapy), Virginia Satir (Family therapy) and Milton Erickson (hypnotherapy). It was discovered that while superficially these three were very different, on a linguistic level, they were using very similar patterns. This insight allowed the creators of NLP to develop many techniques that can be used to enable people to change there behavior. The most prominent popularizer of some "NLP like" concepts is Tony Robbins.
NLP Applications are designed to allow people to modify their behavior. We all have self imposed limitations. Most of us have been told repeatedly in our lives:
We are all constantly being Programmed by our friends, our family, our church, our schools, our jobs, our government, and especially the advertisers. We are constantly be bombarded with Programming. Some of this Programming is good.
NLP application teaches a series of techniques that allows us to take control of our Programming. These techniques were discovered by modeling how the most successful people in many areas achieve their goals. I have always been frustrated by books such as "Seven Habits of Highly Successful People". I did not have those Habits, so I had 7 more things to feel bad about. Then someone else continued with "21 Habits of Highly Successful People" and I had even more to feel bad about.
NLP is different. NLP teaches techniques to adopt habits or break habits, quickly and easily. However, NLP will only tell you what you "should" be or do in the most general of terms. For example, One Presupposition of NLP is that having more options is better than having fewer options. What you do with your options is your business.
NLP is involved in the programs at the Bay Area Center in two ways.
Many people want to learn specific NLP techniques to deal with a specific issue, rather than learn all the many possibilities included in NLP applications. These type of issues can range from quitting smoking to improving relationships. For people with a specific issue that they want to overcome, we teach the precise NLP technique for that issue. This empowers the student to resolve their own issues. Usually only one or two private sessions are required.
NLP Certification classes are taught on a irregular basis as requested
Level 1 NLP Certification
This program encompasses 18 hours of training that introduces the student to most topics in NLP at a very high level. Some very useful and practical techniques are included that can be immediately used. The class is usually taught in the classroom of our Dickinson location, but Dr. Marker is willing to travel to Houston or Galveston if small groups can be assembled.
The class is taught with 2 formats:
Cost for either program is $250.
NLP Advanced Practitioner Certification
This program is only taught as a series of 5 weekend intensive seminars.
Friday 7:00 -10:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Cost $250 per weekend. When all 5 Classes are completed, students can be Certified as NLP Advanced Practitioners.
NLP Master Certification
NLP Master Certification is offer irregularly when sufficient students have completed their Advanced Practitioners Certification.
About the teacher
The main NLP instructor is Dr. Marker, although several members of the staff have gone through various levels of NLP training. Dr. Marker has been teaching NLP in the Houston and Galveston area since 2002. Dr. Marker received his initial NLP training at NLP Learning Systems in Addison, Texas. This is one of the oldest and largest NLP schools in the Southwest and is highly recommended by Dr. Marker for those in the Dallas area. They offer NLP plus a wide variety of other classes. Check out their website at www.nlplearningsystems.com. After completing the program at NLP Learning Systems, Dr. Marker continued his NLP training with Christina Hall, the current head of the Society of Neuro Linguistic Programming, completing the NLP Trainers program and Advanced NLP Trainers Program.