NLP: a controversial practice
NLP, some consider it pseudoscience. Others speak of it as if it were a religion. However, after a few years of existence and a few setbacks, neurolinguistic programming (NLP) has been recognized as therapy by Psychology and is already taught in many universities.
I was happy to find it in the Psychology syllabus as an existentialist and integrative therapy because, a few years before, I had dedicated myself to studying it formally, and I was reluctant to see it as a waste of time and money. In fact, after my training in NLP, I decided to graduate in clinical psychology because I understood that both could be an excellent tandem to help me and others, even if I do not practice psychology at a clinical level.
My experience with the practice of NLP
Without hesitation, I can say that the times I have put it into practice, it has been beneficial to me on various levels. The NLP has helped me define, clarify and achieve the objectives that I have been proposing myself in recent years, despite the difficulty and tenacity that they entailed, as well as to face and resolve various complicated situations on a personal level and emerge stronger.
Regarding the results in other people with whom I have worked, tell you that thanks to the NLP, a friend could speak in public with only two sessions, of approximately one hour, when she had stage fright before the intervention. She was my first “victim” (outside the family environment, that was already a little tired of my practices).
In summary, I am a great supporter of this type of intervention. Still, I consider the participation of a mental health professional necessary when the intervention goes beyond practicing specific dynamics of personal development, since I have been able to verify the difficulty involved, even for professionals, detect certain mental dysfunctions that, without a specialized diagnosis and intervention, can lead to significant problems.