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What is NLP?

My definition of NLP is that it explores the relationships between how we think (neuro), how we communicate with ourselves and others (linguistic) and as a consequence how this impacts on our behaviour and emotions (programmes).

What issues/problems can NLP help?

Similar to Hypnotherapy NLP can help you deal with a wide range of issues/problems, the list is exhaustive and I utilise the techniques throughout the sessions we have.

Is NLP safe?

NLP is completely safe. ‘NLP is one of the fastest growing developments in applied psychology’ Joseph O’Connor

So what’s the history of NLP?

Neuro Linguistic Programming “NLP” was developed by Richard Brandler and John Grinder in 1976 and is based on the study of three top therapists, Fritz Pearls (the orinator of Gestalt therapy), Virginia Satir (renowned family therapist) and Milton Erickson (world-famous hypnotherapist).

What is NLP Life Coaching?

The sessions take on more of a coaching format, exploring how you use your mind to organise your thinking. Specifically focusing on your use of language and how that is affecting you. 

Ultimately working to reprogramme your thinking to move you from your ‘present state’, where you are now to your desired state ‘ where you want to be in the future. 

It’s journey, like no other, we work on the unpacking of limiting beliefs, replacing them with abilities and a state of mind that is empowering and life enhancing.  .


So how do you incorporate NLP into hypnotherapy sessions?

Programs/sessions are individually tailored, so I use a variety of tools and techniques dependent on your needs. 

Flexibility is the key to the work that we will do, we always work with what you bring to each session.

So to conclude how can it help ?

Often the way we see the problem, is the problem! A key element of NLP is that we form our unique internal mental maps of the world. Our internal maps are a product of the way we filter and perceive information from the world around us which we absorb through our five senses.

However the map is not necessarily the territory, Steve Covey, in his book ‘The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’ illustrates this perfectly .. imagine you have a street map of the city which is a great help to you in reaching your destination. Suppose you’re given the wrong map, imagine the frustration, the ineffectiveness of trying to reach your destination. You might work on your behaviour, try harder, be more diligent, double your speed, you might work on your attitude, you could think more positively!

Regardless, you still wouldn’t get to the right place … you’d still be lost. The fundamental problem has nothing to do with your behaviour or your attitude, it has everything to do with the wrong map.

Our mind is made up of a number of mental maps, we interpret everything through our mental maps, seldom questioning their accuracy. Using an outdated map, will not necessarily help us to move forward in a new direction.

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got. If what you are doing is not working do something else, that’s where NLP is great.

NLP gives you the tools and techniques to do things differently. NLP can help you understand yourself better than ever before. Changing the way you think, and see things, impacts on your feelings and your behaviours. 

Knowing what you really want, having a well formed outcome makes all the difference. If you don’t know where you are going, how can you expect to get there? 

Success Stories

"I contacted Nicci as I had been having some issues with low self-esteem, lack of confidence and stress management.

We had six sessions, of which were really enjoyable as well as being exceptionally useful.  What I really liked about it was the fact that there was a plan of action - as I felt that, compared to counselling, this was not dwelling on my problems, I felt that we found solutions.

I was totally amazed by the outcome, I was helped by Nicci to think differently and change my negative thoughts.

I was made to feel really comfortable and cared about. It was like we were working as a team for my benefit.

We generally used NLP techniques which worked really well. I now see that I have the skills to improve my self-esteem and it is my own choice how I think. The fact that I have improved my self-esteem has in turn helped my stress management issues.

I feel that I can now overcome fears that I may have shied away from. I feel like a new person. I would definitely recommend Nicci to anyone!"

NLP helped me improve my self-esteem and confidence

"I decided to see Nicci when I was at a crossroads in my life. I felt a bit rudderless and I needed someone to listen and coach me through this time. Men are renowned for not wanting to talk, but talking things through with Nicci helped me to reassess my core values and she was brilliant at asking thought provoking questions! This gave me a renewed focus on what really mattered to me and what I wanted out of life at 40!

It has had a massive impact on how I live my life and I can't thank Nicci enough! The hypnotherapy was truly enlightening and I now practice meditation daily.

I would encourage everyone to take a step back from life, see Nicci and reassess who you are and what you want out of life. It's easy to lose sight of that when you are working hard.

Nicci is very personable and has a lovely manner, which made the sessions really enjoyable. I can't recommend it enough!! "

Hypnotherapy and NLP Life Coaching for personal growth and development

"I finally got round to a course of Hypnotherapy and NLP having thought/talked about it for a long time whilst struggling with IBS over many years.

Nicci was brilliant at gently leading me to where I needed to explore, to help me with my problem. For me the healing process was not instant, but a background hum of shifts in my approach to life. Almost dream like flashes of things we covered still pop up occasionally, to remind me and keep me on course. I highly recommend her work if you need and want to make a change."  2016

Hypnotherapy helped me with IBS

Hypnosis and NLP for weight loss is very effective... look what happens when you are truly ready to change ... this is what happened in week 1 for a recent client!

"Not sure what form a testimonial should take so will just elaborate on how my week went.

As weeks went it was a pretty testing one for someone staring a new approach to food. I had a meal out, a party and the stress of the menfolk down with the nasty flu bug. With each of these situations my normal approach would have been to overeat (because I love food) and reach for chocolate (my usual stress-buster).

But not this past week. I found myself leaving food on the plate in the pub and I've NEVER, EVER been one to leave food uneaten. I only went to the buffet at the party once, resisted all the bread and biscuits and actually TURNED DOWN cake (I've found the 'gorging' section of the hypnotherapy cd a particularly powerful process. Thinking of eating the cake genuinely made me feel nauseous). These were all decisions made not with the usual dieters approach of 'I know I mustn't eat that' but with a subconscious decision that I was barely aware of; that I would only eat what would help me achieve my goal of a slimmer, fitter me. Using a smaller plate for every meal has really helped with portion sizes and I'm really trying to eat slowly and savour each mouthful. It's amazing how something as simple as this can reduce how much you eat.

I've had maybe 3 small squares of chocolate over the week rather than a bar a day and found myself turning to music instead of reaching out for something sweet.

I've really loved getting back into yoga every day and can't believe I let myself stop. Mad!

I realise that the newly converted are bound to be pretty zealous at first but I do feel I've been able to shift course and focus on what I really want to achieve.

So this is not something I could have written before your intervention.

I was stuck, aware of what I needed to change and even how to do it but without the ability to make that start. You patiently unlocked the reasons holding me back, showed me how to visualise my goal and gave me techniques to get my subconscious mind back on track.

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!" ... I've asked her if she'd like to share a weekly diary ... so if watch this space, If she's game, I will share her ongoing weight loss story ... 2015

Hypnotherapy for weight loss

Another testimonial from a recent client which can be attributed to another great therapeutic tool from NLP, the 'Metal Model'.


"I really valued your support and input. Especially .. that one little golden nugget when you asked me what was stopping me driving and I started to make an 'excuse' albeit rational to me and then the penny dropped... the only thing stopping me driving was me! simple but true."

This recent client had been driving for the past thirty years and then recently started experiencing panic attacks, she'd had to take time off work and was panicking at the thought of having to return to work. After two sessions, she was happily back on the road!!

The 'meta model' is a great therapeutic tool for helping people understand their own problems better and move them towards solutions to overcome. It enables people to 'tap into their model of the world', we all make sense of our world through our thoughts and the language we use to describe our life. Our interpretation of our lives, don't necessarily represent the truth of our situation. CBT is a another well known therapeutic tool used to get us to challenge our thinking.  2016

NLP Life Coaching

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07535 794515


16 Victoria Road, Exmouth, Devon  EX8 1DL (Hands on Health)


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Tue, Fri: 12pm - 7pm
Saturday: Appointment Only
Sunday: Closed

Nicci Murphy

Hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner

As Shakespeare once said,

"Thinking's never good or bad, it's thinking makes it so..."