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NLP for Coaching

Written by Franciska Neuhauser
For enquiries about NLP for Coaching,
contact Franciska Neuhauser at socialmedia@nzanlp.org.nz

Neuro-linguistic programming is a method for modelling excellence. It is the study of how we do what we do, especially the behaviour that works well. By studying thinking patterns and behaviours that create excellent outcomes, NLP professionals can teach other people strategies for achieving their own best outcomes. These goals range from personal (such as improving self-confidence, quitting an addiction, resolving trauma and health problems, becoming happier...) through to corporate success (such as increasing sales, improving public speaking, developing better marketing strategies, creating better workplace dynamics). NLP supporters love NLP because it creates rapid change by providing tangible steps for a person or an organisation to put in place to create great outcomes.

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How NLP may be useful in Coaching

Fundamentally, coaching is about assisting others reach desired outcomes in their lives.  Thus the role of the coach is to help the individual reflect and gain awareness of who they are, what is important to them, their strengths, challenges, and options available to them to achieve their goals.

There are a variety of NLP techniques that coaches can use to help clients create the positive changes they desire; transforming limiting beliefs, improving self-confidence, and creating a positive mindset. 

Some of the most common areas NLP is used in coaching are:

  • goal setting

  • building confidence

  • stress management

  • improving communication skills both with self and others

  • resolving destructive relationship patterns


NLP Technique for Coaching

Together at the Top

It is common for people to feel panicked, helpless and overwhelmed when an unexpected and/or negative situation occurs. NLP offers some quick and highly effective techniques to help you overcome those debilitating feelings. Here is one that you can try for yourself.


Reframing will take any negative situation and empower you by changing the meaning of the experience into something positive.

For example, let’s say that your relationship ends. That may seem awful on the surface, but let’s reframe it.


What are the possible benefits of being single?

  • you now have the freedom to do what you want, when you want, and how you want

  • you are now open to other potential relationships

  • you have also learned some valuable lessons from this relationship that will allow you to have better relationships in the future.


By reframing the meaning of the relationship ending, you give yourself a different experience of it.  Thus turning the negative experience into something positive.


NLP Technique for Coaching

Here is a video of Steve Andreas helping a client resolve the limiting belief that "you're not good enough".


Research About NLP in Coaching

A Supportive Therapist

Books About NLP for Coaching

Coaching with NLP


The 7Cs of Coaching



How the Writer of this Page Uses NLP in Coaching

Franciska Neuhauser

I was 35 when the world around me came crumbling down. After years of trying to be everything to everyone, I found myself burned out and suffering from a variety of emotional and physical health issues. I was stressed, distressed, and desperately unhappy. Then my marriage ended and my vision of what the future entailed, completely wiped away. Enter grief. Then survival mode. Followed by healing. And a process of transformation.

Having left the business world behind, it was during my counselling and psychology training that I discovered NLP. Experiencing first-hand the healing power of NLP, I couldn’t wait to share these powerful therapeutic tools with my clients.

Today I am a certified NLP Master Practitioner and have the pleasure of helping others manage and overcome grief, trauma, anxiety, and phobias; and empower people to restore their self-esteem, confidence, health, wellbeing, and better relationships. I work with both individuals and couples, so that they may enjoy better, more fulfilling lives. Although I am based in Christchurch, I also offer therapy/coaching sessions via Zoom.

Read more at www.balanceme.nz


For enquiries about using NLP in coaching, or to join our NLP for Coaching online professional development and peer supervision group (for Associate and Professional Members of NZANLP) contact Franciska Neuhauser: socialmedia@nzanlp.org.nz