NLP for Depression

NLP can often be a recommended treatment for those suffering from minor to medium levels of depression to help them change their lives and attempt to learn to literally ‘reprogram’ us to have a different way of thinking and speaking. When choosing an NLP practitioner as your chosen therapy specialist in helping you in your journey through depression it is likely you have many questions about what to expect and have some apprehension if using a therapy new to you.  We at Seek a Therapy want to help answer your questions and concerns surrounding NLP in order to help you select the right Psychotherapist for you and on this page we have included some of the most common questions a person may have before treatment.

What is NLP?


NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Neuro refers to your neurology; Linguistic refers to language; programming refers to how that neural language functions. In other words, learning NLP is like learning the language of your own mind!

The Empowerment Partnership

What is NLP? It is Neuro-Linguistic Programming, the study of subjective experience and how we can harness our minds for excellence in any area of our lives. It offers ways to create goals and reach them faster and with greater ease, ways to resolve work or personal issues, and ways to reduce stress and deal elegantly with change. NLP does not necessarily heal depression but ease it and help you to also understand how your mind works and how to make the best of it for an improved lifestyle as well as being used in other areas of your life such as business, relationships and teaching.

What to Expect From NLP

One of the greatest famous NLP teachers and users is Tony Robbins, just watch this short video about how one woman is struggling with large amounts of debt due to her regretful addiction to gambling. Notice how when he starts using different terminology and focusing on different parts of a thought she instantly becomes lighter? This is a quick example of how NLP can work although it may not be as instant as this, it gives a good understanding of what the therapy/coaching can entail.

A typical session may go like this : –

You arrive at your NLP Coaching session where the studio is very comfortable and relaxed. The NLP practitioner will invite you and spend around ten to twenty minutes asking you some generic questions to get some information about the problem before you move on to what you are wanting to achieve from your NLP sessions.

In some cases, your therapist may spend more time on gathering personal history from you but in most cases, this needn’t be the case. Once they have identified your problem and built a well-formed outcome they should move onto helping you to access your own internal resources to help you make your desired changes ( just like the Tony Robbins video above).

As the NLP begins they may help you clear a negative emotion or memory with a negative emotion connected to it. Once the NLP has taken effect you will begin to notice that things that used to cause great unease, pain and sadness have been lifted and the tension that used to exist no longer does.

When you change your memories with a trained coach it also means that when you think back to the past it is like the old problem was not actually a problem at all and only the stepping stone to a lesson and the future that you want to create. In some cases, the visual memory shifts from negative to positive and helps alleviate the past experiences.

What is the difference between hypnotherapy and NLP?

How Much Does A Typical NLP Session Cost?

If you are based in the UK you can’t ask your GP for help with NLP you have to seek a private coach. We have several NLP practitioners in our directory in the UK, USA, Europe and Asia where costs range from £70/$100 per session and sometimes can go up to £170/$200 and occasionally more depending upon the NLP coache’s experience, speciality and location.

How Do I Know Which NLP Practioner To Choose?

One of the most important parts of any therapy is the relationship between yourself and the therapist in order to be able to trust and open up about all your thoughts and feelings in order to be able to work on them.

When you find the right NLP practitioner that offers you good communication, a partnership, trust, goals and a feeling of genuine understanding then together, over time, you will be able to challenge your thoughts, beliefs and perceptions. Also, sometimes you may be able to find a practioner with specialities in the area you want to work on whether health, relationships, business or something else.

How Long Does It Take To Heal Depression With NLP?

NLP doesn’t tend to heal depression on its own, research has shown it has eased depressive symptoms, particularly in mild to moderately depressed clients but usually, NLP will form one of several therapies to help you to eventually heal from your depression.

What If NLP Doesn’t Work For Me?

First of all, don’t worry!

If you think NLP is the right therapy but you have the wrong therapist then you have every right to seek a second opinion and you will not offend your therapist, they just want you to heal from your difficulty as best you can and you deserve to feel better. If, on the other hand, you don’t feel NLP is working at all then do not be disheartened, there are many, many different types of therapy to heal from depression and NLP is only one. Use our therapy directory to find a different therapy, you may find counselling works better for you or possibly some holistic treatment. The key is not to think this is your only option there are many routes to healing.

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Please note: This information should not replace professional medical advice, it is purely for informational purposes. At all times when you are in crisis please first seek help from your GP or another medical professional. Thankyou