NLP, CBT and EMDR
What is NLP?
NLP, or neuro linguistic programming, is increasingly being used to enhance the performance of elite athletes and professional sports people, as well as those in other fields of performance and in business. NLP coaching offers a range of straightforward techniques to both enhance performance and break down any barriers that might be getting in the way.
What is CBT?
Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based and NICE recommended treatment for depression and a range of anxiety disorders. In addition, sports psychology draws heavily on the tools CBT has to offer.
CBT aims to help you gain perspective about whatever is troubling you. Together we identify what might be stopping you from reaching your full potential and what we can work on to help to get you there. CBT is a short-term, collaborative therapy which aims enable you to use CBT techniques in a range of situations both during and after treatment.
My approach utilises ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), which is increasingly being used in Sport Psychology. ACT is a form of CBT which uses mindfulness to work on the relationship you have with your thoughts and emotions so they no longer get in the way of you being the person you want to be.
Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) also informs my work and is another form of CBT. CFT can help you understand how and why your mind works the way it does and uses this understanding to develop a sense of safety and kindness, placing you in a better mindset to face the challenges that inevitably come with living and performing.
What is EMDR?
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitising and Reprocessing) is a NICE recommended treatment for people experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) but is increasingly used in the treatment of a vast range of difficulties which are underpinned by a difficult experience. In the world of performance, this may be injury, a DNF, a performance that did not go well, or even a feared catastrophe during an upcoming event.
Not only can EMDR work on resolving difficult experiences (both past and imagined), it can be used to develop places of safety, resources and positive projections of yourself which can help get you in the correct mindset for optimum performance.