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NLP Applications & Research

NLP is often referred to as Practical Psychology and as a result the majority of evidence is anecdotal and evidenced in the stories satisfied clients tell. However recently NLP has heeded the call from the academic community to provide evidence of a more objective nature. On this page we invite all NLP therapists with an interest in evidencing their work in this way to share their work. Please contact bruce@achieving-lives.co.uk for more information.

We signpost interested readers to some of this recent research into the application of NLP therapy on this page and welcome ideas for the future.  Recent articles by Bruce Grimley in “Rapport” and Acuity provide a frame as to why we believe this is a worthwhile road to take.

NLP Papers published in The Journal of Experiential Psychotherapy, (2016)

A series of NLP papers published in a B+ Journal

Psychiatria Danubina, 2015; Vol. 27, No. 4, pp 355–363

The first Meta-Study of NLP Psychotherapy

NLP Wiki

NLP Wiki is an NLP Research Document with references to relevant studies

NLP and PTSD: The Visual-Kinaesthetic Dissociation Protocol, Richard Gray. (2011)

The work the research and recognition project have been doing developing reconsolidation of traumatic memories using NLP

The NLP research Data-Base. Franz-Josef Hücker.(1995, 2017 )

A comprehensive data base of published NLP papers compiled by Dr Franz-Josef Hucker. 

UK ANLP NLP Research Journal

Published research edited by Dr Paul Tosey of Surrey University

A free edition of  “Acuity” the ANLP anthology of shared findings and learnings:

An anthology of NLP findings published by the ANLP

Centre for British Teachers, (CfBT)

NLP and learning.. Evidence from 24 teacher-led action research case studies showing the impact of using NLP in Education

The Use of Clean Space to Facilitate a “Stuck” Client – a Case Study, Journal of Experiential Psychotherapy, 20(4): 62-70.

The first academic paper about Clean Space has just been published

Research into the effectiveness of the NLP Phobia cure

Bruce Arroll et al conduct the first RCT on the NLP Phobia cure. Click here to read about the story behind the research.

Klaus Witt asks can Neuro-Linguistic-Psychotherapy (NLPt) treatment modulate the reaction in pollen allergic humans and their state of health.

The answer appears to be yes


An RCT by well known NLP research Richard Churches supported by Fiona Allen 

An RCT showing how NLP raises standards in Maths Education

Eliciting Metaphor through Clean Language: An Innovation in Qualitative Research.  P Tosey, J Lawley and R Meese. (2014). 

Research into the work developed by James Lawley and Penny Tompkins after modeling David Grove  

Exploring Inner Landscapes: NLP and Psycho-phenomenology as innovations in researching first-person experience. J Mathison   and P Tosey  (2010)  

Linking NLP to Psychophenomenology to enhance it's research capability  

Lisa Wake. (1996) Mental Health Review Journal Pilot study using Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) in post-combat PTSD 

Pilot study evaluating the potential of NLP to alleviate the symptoms of PTSD

Research looking at the effectiveness of an adjunctive NLP based process on children suffering with chronic fatigue syndrome

Another piece of good research showing the effectiveness of NLPt in action.

An RCT testing the Clinical Efficacy of the Core Transformation model published in the Journal of Counselling and development.

Academic books on NLP psychotherapy and coaching

The Clinical Effectiveness of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.  Lisa Wake, Richard Gray and Frank Bourke. (London, Routledge.) 

The first of it's kind. A comprehensive and academic appraisal of NLP Psychotherapy                                          

NeuroLinguistic Psychotherapy. A Postmodern Perspective. Lisa Wake. (London, Routledge)    

A personal perspective on NLP therapy by a leader in the field                                                

The Theory and Practice of NLP Coaching. A Psychological Approach. Bruce Grimley. (London, Sage)  

The theory and practice of NLP as applied to coaching, but also therapy.                                                                                                               

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