Throughout the world health professionals are known for a lack of bedside manner, for dolling out drugs and to look for a diagnosis rather than aim for a cure. Now, we know not all health professionals fit into this broad generalisation, but enough do that more and more people are turning to alternative medicines and practices.

From an NLP perspective, we know that the mind and body are connected therefore affect each other – when you learn how to use NLP with others, you will be looking at both.

We have trained hundreds of health professionals – medical doctors, surgeons, dentists, counsellors, psychologists and even psychiatrists in NLP, and their feedback is they now have tools to treat patients in a more holistic manner.

One of our students is a medical doctor in an emergency room. One of her complaints about her job is that she didn’t get enough time to spend with patients to offer them a kind word – she instead was in investigation mode to figure out what was wrong with the patient as quickly as possible. Often missing out on key criteria because of this rush.

Post learning NLP she reported that in the same amount of time, she was able to build rapport, question more effectively and ascertain the problem and route to a solution much more effectively.

General Practitioners, counsellors and psychologists tell us that they spend more time building rapport, identifying not just the problem but the desired state of their patients, thus providing more efficient treatment. Counsellors and psychologists also incorporate more of the NLP tools to help identify and clear unresourceful patterns such as emotions, beliefs, behaviours negative thinking.

NLP even has processes that work with the mind-body connection to communicate with the symptoms of an illness, pain, emotion or disease to identify what is needed in the way of a change or the development of resources.

As a health professional with NLP, you will be more equipped to better understand your patients, both consciously and unconsciously.