Author Archives: andrewaustin

Powerful

This is a quick post.  It is regarding the seemingly never ending overuse of the word, “powerful” that coaches and therapists use to describe their techniques. The technique is always “powerful” and quite often is also “secret”, giving us, “the … Continue reading

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Submodalities in Language

This was something I posted on NLPWeekly a while ago.  Someone asked about matching/mismatching modalities and submodalities as a possible exercise atpracticeise group: You may want to consider the submodalities that are expressed in language as well, this is commonly … Continue reading

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A New Psalm for NLP Practitioners

I need to have another little rant here.  There is a pernicious cliché afoot that is beginning to really irritate me, and just when I thought I’d seen the last of it, it keeps re-appearing fully accompanied by an ever-present … Continue reading

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Tea or Coffee?

The “tea or coffee” bind is a very useful predictor for how well a session may go.  Whilst I use an offer of a hot beverage, any bind of alternative choices will do. Here is how it works.  When the … Continue reading

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Problem Clients

I’ve been thinking about problem clients recently, as it is something I get asked about quite often by fellow therapists, especially those just starting out.  “How do you deal with problem clients?” is a common question so I thought I’d … Continue reading

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In Defence of The Right Man

Following various feedback regarding my “Right Man Syndrome – Depressive Thinking Patterns” article, I thought I’d write the patterns from the Right Man’s perspective.  For this, we need to invoke the concept of “The Maybe Man.” In contrast to Right … Continue reading

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Catastrophisation

I first came across the term “catastrophisation” many years ago in a conversation with a clinical psychologist at Southampton General Hospital. I understood that it is a concept often explored in CBT client work. Basically, it is making mountains out … Continue reading

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419 Nigerian Scam

I’ve just spent a few minutes Googling on the words, “NLP career.”  It is interesting how many training companies are offering their services from the sales angle of `NLP as a new career.”  Nothing new of course, but the question … Continue reading

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Positive Influences

I’ve been asked a few times recently what have been the positive influences on my work and philosophy, and what things I recommend.  Here are some of those things, people, workshops and books, etc.  This list is in no particular … Continue reading

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Ranting again (Bastard Life Coaches).

I must be getting old, either that or I am just getting tired. I’ve seen it happen to relatives and their peers who take up political causes, rage at the television news debates, get angry at the behaviour of the … Continue reading

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