How does Hypnosis benefit conditions such as IBS?

Although most clinical trials involving Hypnosis are small there is mounting evidence that Hypnosis can be beneficial for issues such as pain management, anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, asthma, obesity and psoriasis.

A particularly useful study was carried out by Peter Whorwell of the University of Manchester. He wanted to find out if suffers of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) would respond to Hypnosis.

The results were very promising and some of the patients were able toreduce the contractions of their bowel and the lining of their bowel became less sensitive to pain. This is something not normally considered to be under conscious control.

As a result of this study the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence have recognised Hypnosis as a possible treatment for IBS.

Although scientifically it still isn’t clear how Hypnosis works what does seem to be clear are the number of people who seem able to influence parts of their body under Hypnosis. There is a considerable body of anecdotal evidenceof the efficacy of Hypnosis to help with issues such as PTSD and cancer. While it is certain more clinical evidence is needed the power of Hypnosis in healing is very positive.

This summer we are offering you the chance to attend our new Advanced Master Certification in Ericksonian Health, Healing and Deep Trance Work with Julie Silverthorn co-author of Training Trances.

This course is offered with Hypnosis Trainer’s Training so if you want to find out more go to our events page.




How does a Master Trainer start the New Year? Reflections from Julie Silverthorn, International NLP Master Trainer

J Silverthorn webHave you set your goals for the New Year? You always have time to do so….

 Deepak Chopra says, “At the level of the Higher Self  included in the Unconscious Mind in the NLP model) wishes  are born with a fulfillment in mind; problems are linked to solutions and intentions are already connected
to results.” 

What does this mean from an NLP point of view?

It presupposes that whatever we want or desire (our goals and value) is already linked to its actualization at some point in the future.

He teaches a technique called “Seeding your Intention” and every New Year I do this with my own goals and values.

In the past we’ve taught Secret of Creating your Future with Tad James and Discover your Life Course in January so that participants could elicit their goals and values and install them in their future timeline. They would also write them down so they could look back on their successes.

So every year whether I teach one of those seminars or not, I take time to go into a meditative state and visualize my goals. I break them down into personal and business goals and I do them one month at a time. I simply hold the image of my goal in my mind until it begins to dissipate and then I let what’s left of it float down and install itself into my timeline. I have
found over the last twenty years that this yields surprising easy and fulfilling results, even if it doesn’t work out exactly as I had imagined—-sometimes it works out even better!

I then also write my monthly goals down in my journal and check them at the end of the year. All of the research shows that writing down your goals leads to a higher rate of fulfillment!

So here’s to a bright, peaceful and prosperous 2017 from us at PSINLP!

NLP Trainer’s Training 2017

Why sign up early?

Our Early Bird rate saves you £500 on the full rate of NLP Trainer’s Training and includes certification.

You will also get a free audio Neuroenergetics NLP Trainer’s Training co-trained by Julie Silverthorn in USA, worth £345 as a bonus gift.

For those of you wanting to also qualify as a Trainer of hypnosis/hypnotherapy you can access a early bird rate of just £395.

These are just some of the great reasons to join us in 2017, below are a few more ideas to help you make the decision to take your NLP Trainer’s Training with us next year.

15th to 29th July 2017 including 3 day evaluation
What do we offer that makes choosing our programme the right choice for you?

  1. Julie Silverthorn, US Master Trainer, has been involved in developing and delivering NLP Trainer’s Training for over twenty years.
  2. Melody and Joe Cheal, UK Master Trainers, are leading the way in raising the credibility of NLP worldwide. They were both invited onto the International Research Conference Committee after presenting papers on their own NLP research at previous conferences.
  3. All three trainers have Masters Degrees in Psychology as well as extensive NLP experience. This means we bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the programme from other fields.
  4. Our approach is Humanistic and Person Centred, our interest is in helping people reach their full potential.
  5. For students wishing to engage before the official course date we offer Master Classes and an on-line community.
  6. We provide three NLP Trainer’s Training Certifications: NLP, HNLP and PSiNLP & Hypnotherapy Trainer’s Training Certification.
  7. All our students receive personal attention and high level feedback during the programme directly from our three Master Trainers.
  8. We believe learning is more likely to occur when we are in positive states, so while challenging; our programme is designed to be fun and high energy.
  9. Beyond the programme our students receive ongoing support and mentoring including access to regular practice groups, cpd and supervision.
  10. We also offer a full apprenticeship and personalised mentoring programme for graduates who want support moving to the next level.


Contact Melody direct for more information on how to book your place today!
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Why NLP Trainers need to know about growth mind sets?

I’ve been revisiting some articles written about growth versus fixed mind sets and considering the relevance to NLP. AS an NLP Trainer understanding these concepts can be really helpful in recognising where student’s and/or clients are in their individual processes.

What are the definitions of each type of mind set?

First, the fixed mind set is characterised by beliefs that skills, qualities and abilities are set in stone and not Jeff Brighton plus TT2015 editedchangeable. Take the example of a person who believes they are unable to do simple a maths problem.

On the face of it the client is presenting with a simple “limiting belief” however if they also have a generalised fixed mind set underpinning this the change work may be more multi layered.

A growth mind set as the name implies allows for growth and development. In other words, a person with a growth mind set accepts that skills, qualities and abilities can be improved with practice, training and experience.

Much of the early study was conducted by Carol Dweck and how a fixed mind set can be seen as a mental block that can be reinforced or removed. Of particular interest was her work around praise and the impact it had on children in school.

She reported that children praised as being bright or talented were far more likely to give up if faced with a challenge. This kind of praise appeared to foster a fixed mind set. Children praised for effort, hard work and perseverance were more likely to keep going if presented with a challenge (indicating a growth mind set).

Children with a growth mindset show increased motivation in class and were more likely to get better test scores than the fixed mind set group. The fixed mind set group did less preparation before tests than the growth mind set group. While the difference in test scores may seem obvious when observed this was not the case for the children involved.

The connection between effort and results remained hidden for the fixed mind set group. Dweck suggested that even if children have been praised for being intelligent they tend to give up if they are unable to solve a problem immediately.

Returning to my original point, as an NLP Trainer being mindful of the likelihood of some students starting from a place of fixed mind set consider how you might begin loosening up this potential mental block to learning.

Create stories, metaphors and examples that gently challenge fixed mind sets before introducing interventions. When encouraging students include praise and feedback that promotes the growth mindset such as sharing how you worked to develop your skills by practicing and revising.

Perhaps even more important, teach your students about this concept directly so they can begin to consciously and unconsciously make internal shifts that will help them both personally and as an NLP Practitioner.

NLP Trainer Skills: Using peripheral vision

On our NLP Trainer’s Training one of the first things we “re-load” is the use of peripheral vision. This technique is introduced initially at Practitioner level and yet many Practitioners miss the value of this skill set.

Working one-to-one with a client, sensory acuity paired with peripheral vision allows the NLP Practitioner to gather data about the client’s physiology and possible state. Using this information the skilled NLP Practitioner is able to tailor their approach to the subjective experience of their client.

Peripheral vision is employed in many other fields due to its value for data gathering (for example when I took the training in Micro-expressions this was a key component). Other applications include advanced driving, martial arts and wildlife study and photography.

As an NLP Trainer, you will want to apply peripheral vison to help you “read” the group dynamics, calibrate individuals and maintain your own “Trainer state”. web IMG_0113_edited-3

With very large audiences you will start to notice an almost lyrical ebb and flow within the group and even with smaller groups you will begin to notice who the “unconscious leaders” of the group are. Recognising the unconscious leader allows the elegant NLP Trainer to pace learning and state management more effectively. This in turn increases the level of group rapport and creates a supportive environment that maximises transformation.

To develop your use of peripheral vision in preparation for NLP Trainer’s Training we recommend the following:

  • Practice peripheral vision when working one to one. This will help you condition your abilities so that you automatically use your peripheral vision.
  • When walking in busy environments notice the patterns you observe when you use peripheral vision and then compare to foveal vision.
  • If you attend meetings or gatherings, start noticing BMIRs (Behavioural manifestations of internal representations).
  • If you are already a Trainer or regularly present, use your peripheral vision to track the audience.

At our NLP Trainer’s Training we will help you take this to the next level. If you would like to join us for a free taster session, contact Melody for details of our NLP Trainer’s Training Master Classes.


Can the mind be blind?

May workshop 056_edited-2I wonder how many times you have heard clients or new students to NLP insist that they cannot visualise? Speaking to you as a trainer, I can imagine that you will often have calibrated the “non-visualiser” checking out their unconscious images.


In most cases the individual can learn to become aware of their internal images (assuming they want to), however what if they genuinely do not have the capacity to see mental pictures?


Recently I read an article exploring this phenomenon as viewed by current academic research. It began by reviewing a number of subjective experiments that relied on self-report including a validated questionnaire (The Vividness of Visual Imagery Questionnaire). According to studies using this questionnaire just 2 to 3% of the population report that they are completely image free.


Of more interest to me was the more objective research using MRIs to track what part of the brain lights up during visualisation as compared to viewing external faces, scenes etc. People who were deemed to be unable to create internal mental images were asked to look at a number of pictures. The scan recorded what parts of the brain lit up and then compared this to what was seen when the subjects attempted to create internal pictures. The visual circuitry in the brain that lit up with the first phase was silent when the subject was asked to picture the image in their mind’s eye.


Stephen  Kosslyn, a neuroscientist at  Minerva Schools, San Francisco asserts that there is more than one way visual imagery can be constructed in the brain and this is why many “mind blind” people can function well on tasks that might be based on visualisation. His research based on working with stroke patients suggests that where visual circuitry is damaged functioning can piggy back off of other senses e.g. kinaesthetic.


The article provided some stimulating puzzles for me. I wonder if an NLP trained scientist or academic would observe additional clues and could perhaps broaden the research. What do you think?


For access to the original article in New Scientist and to try out some tests connected for yourself go to


PSiNLP News Round up


A Special Invitation to join us for NLP Trainer’s Training 2017

 NLP Trainer’s Training 2017 is in the diary and we have bookings already!  The dates are 15th to 29th July 2017 with the final three days devoted to evaluation.

The full rate for NLP Trainer’s Training with evaluation and certification is £4495.

The standard early bird rate of £3995 applies until 15th May 2017.

Our early, early bird rate of £3495 is available until 31st December 2016.

For the first four people to book a place (and pay a deposit of £500 by 30th September 2016) the rate is just £3195 and you will receive a free audio of Neuroenergetics NLP Trainer’s Training worth £345!

Hurry two of the spaces have already gone!

Offer open to anyone with a recognised accredited NLP Practitioner and NLP Master Practitioner certification.


Pay your deposit now to secure your place!




Do contact Melody if you need to discuss the details and to find out how to book. Her contact details are or 01892 309205.


Press Release – Julie Silverthorn, PSiNLP Master Trainer to headline for ANLP Conference, London, 28th April 2017


J Silverthorn webA date for your diary, Julie has been invited to deliver the one day Master Class on 28th April 2017. This is the first year with ANLP at the helm and it looks like the conference is going to be amazing!

Go to ANLP website for more details and to book your tickets. There is a special deal for anyone who books early.






Class of 2016: NLP Trainer’s Training, what’s next?

As Summer draws to a close and I listen to the sound of the lawn mower cutting the grass it is time to reflect on the Class of 2016. We had an amazing group of students join us for our NLP Trainer’s Training summer intensive. A strong sense of team work developed as presentations were prepared and study for evaluation took centre stage. What I love most about this course is the combination of dedication, playfulness and fun that grows as the course progresses.


NLP Trainer’s Training Class of 2016 at PSiNLP

NEW: This year Julie joined us through the miracle of the internet making a true “Trance-Atlantic” connection. We are planning on her being here again in person in 2017 and we are looking forward to launching some new features for NLP Trainer’s Training very soon.

At our graduation ceremony Melody was presented with a beautiful painting of a white horse. It was a gift from one of our NLP Trainer graduates, Amanda Teale. Amanda is a talented artist as well as a newly qualified NLP Trainer. We have lots of exciting plans for the coming months and we are looking forward to sharing our ideas with you very soon.

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Amanda Teale, Graduate of NLP Trainer’s Training 2016 presenting her own work in the form of a beautiful picture to Melody at the graduation of PSiNLP Trainer’s Training 2016


Here are some teasers to watch out for:

  • Where will Julie Silverthorn be in April 2017? Watch out for the press release, coming soon.
  • What will be the reward for the first four people who sign of NLP Trainer’s Training 2017? Stop press, two people have already jumped in, only two rewards left!
  • What can new NLP Trainer graduates look forward to in 2017?
  • How useful will you find the new preparation package for Trainer’s Training?


We will soon be releasing full details of our NLP Trainer’s Training 2017, for those of you planning for next year here are the dates for your diary:

NLP Trainer’s Training Course – 15th July to 26th July 2017

NLP Trainer’s Training Evaluation – 27th to 29th July 2017

For more details contact Melody direct in the first instance via email,

For more information about PSiNLP & NLP Trainer’s Training please go to:

Free ebook: Powered by NLP (NLP Leadership Summit report)


Edited by Joe Cheal

Edited by Joe Cheal

This free ebook was produced and edited by Joe Cheal on behalf of the NLP Leadership Summit that met in Alicante in January.

Our intention in producing this book was to share the discussions and ideas prompted by our meeting.

Download your copy by clicking on the link below:

Powered by NLP ebook


Michael Hall has been instrumental in bringing this group together, here is what he has to say about the Leadership Summit and this book. (hard copies are available).


“The 38 NLP leaders who gathered in Alicante Spain in January this year made a decision to record the experience and send it out world-wide.  Joe Cheal headed up the project, gathering in all of the documents, editing them, and putting them into a book form.  This fits very well for Joe as he has written two NLP books and has edited Acuity  magazine (an NLP magazine) for six or more years.


The sign that a group of people are collaborating effectively is that even without an Organization they can demonstrate high quality productivity.  And this ebook is an example of that.


The NLP Leadership Summit as we designed it from the beginning is not an Association, is not a super-association, and is not trying to create an Association.  Instead it is a world-wide invitation for all NLP Leaders (trainers, writers, researchers, etc.) who have been in the field 15 to 20 years to gather together and associate!  Our belief is that by associating we get to know each other, hear each other, start to understand each other and stop all of the dysfunctional demonizing of people who do NLP different from us.


NLP Leaders

The website,   is another example of our productivity.  If you go there you will see how we have collaborated on a basic definition of NLP, values, ethics, etc.  And if you are leading people into this field and many people consider you as a leader and you have been in the field 15 or more years, and you can “sign off” on the definitions on the website, then apply on the website or write to me ( to be considered.  It is best if one of the hundred-plus persons on the list there can recommend you.


Joe Cheal ( wrote that he would like this book to be a communication tool to the NLP Community across the world and to promote that he has offered it free of charge.  How about that!!  There will be physical copies made.  If you want to order 10 or more, then write to Joe about that.  Because of the printing costs and postage, they will probably sell at 5 pounds (something like $8 each plus postage) from the UK.  I am looking into printing them as well and will inform you about that if that comes to pass.”



Why do people do NLP Trainer’s Training?

JoeLet’s start with why I did the NLP Trainer’s Training course…


I had already been a corporate trainer for over ten years, so my reason was not: “How to be a trainer”! I did, however, want to be a better trainer and thought it would be good to get some quality feedback on what I was doing well and what I could improve. I liked the tools and concepts of NLP and I wanted to ‘learn & do’ some more!


My main reason at that time was to qualify as an NLP trainer so I could then run Practitioner and Master Practitioner courses and qualify others along with Melody, who had qualified the previous year. It meant we could run the courses together. I then did Trainer’s Training again (with Melody) to change schools as we found another set of trainers who aligned more to our values and ethics.


What interested me on both courses was why others wanted to do NLP Trainer’s Training (and most of the answers were different to mine!). Here are some of their reasons:


  • To have (or develop) the confidence to present and be a presenter
  • To overcome any fears they had about presenting/being on stage/being centre of attention or being looked at
  • To be more confident at work (e.g. speaking up in meetings, volunteering to present to senior managers)
  • To learn ‘platform skills’ – to become a ‘world class’ trainer/speaker
  • To be a more credible trainer/presenter
  • To become a better coach and to give feedback more elegantly
  • To have some fun!
  • To be a more engaging speaker
  • To challenge, develop and stretch themselves
  • To learn more NLP tools and techniques
  • To apply NLP to being a presenter/trainer
  • To complete the trilogy of official NLP courses (they saw Trainer’s Training as part 3 of a series that began with Practitioner and Master Practitioner as parts 1 & 2)
  • To run NLP courses & to develop their business
  • To test their skills and knowledge of NLP
  • To one day become a Master Trainer of NLP!


So when you begin to think about it, what might your reasons be?

When is an NLP Master Trainer not an NLP Master Trainer?

2013-07-27 18.05.17 smallerThis might sound like the beginning of a joke; sadly it is a challenge facing the unwary when looking for NLP Training. There has been a trend in recent years for some NLP Trainers to ‘declare’ themselves as NLP Master Trainers.

In the accepted NLP qualification route, NLP Trainers can only be qualified by an NLP Master Trainer. Many students of NLP are unaware of the accepted routes to becoming an NLP Master Trainer and may choose an NLP Trainer’s Training which they later discover is not widely recognised.

So how do you check out the credentials of a NLP Master Trainer?

Reputable NLP Master Trainers are open about how they gained recognition. There are some generalisations that you are likely to hear regularly.

Some people have been granted NLP Master Trainer status directly from the two key founders of NLP, Richard Bandler and John Grinder. This was usually based on a form of apprenticeship, particularly in the early days before more formalised systems. NLP Master Trainers can usually detail their lineage or links back to either Bandler or Grinder. For example:


Others will have been recognised by either an independent Accreditation organisation such as the ANLP (UK) or a major training organisation such as ABNLP (Internationally). There are other bodies across the world.

Most schools of NLP have a transparent process for anyone wishing to become an NLP Master Trainer with minimum standards that need to be met including running a set number of courses, assisting, co-training plus making a contribution to the field.

As you can see there are many things to take into account. Joe, Julie and I take the credibility of our NLP Master Trainer status (and the credibility of the field of NLP) very seriously. We are equally serious about how we mentor prospective NLP Master Trainers through the recognition process.

I sit on an advisory group for the ANLP made up of representative NLP Master Trainers in the UK. As a group we are committed to ensuring that NLP students at all levels are informed and aware of the questions to ask when choosing an NLP Training provider at any level.

We are all part of the NLP Leadership Summit set up several years ago to provide a forum for NLP senior trainers, leaders and researchers to create a collaborative network focused on maintaining and raising standards in our field. Find out more from the website



How to choose an NLP Training Provider

There are many challenges facing students in their choice of an NLP school. For people new to the field it can be quite confusing. There are just as many challenges for those looking to move into NLP training as a career.
Here are a few headline topics for your research:

  1. What are the trainer’s credentials? Is there a clear lineage within the field? What other qualifications and experience do they have? (I will expand on this further in the next blog).
  2. How is the course structured and is there an independent form of accreditation in addition to the schools own certificates?
  3. How many hours of face to face contact does the course involve? Be cautious of any course claiming to provide you with full training in a fraction of the time.
  4. Are the trainers prepared to talk to you prior to the training? How accessible are they?
  5. What are the values and mission of the school?
  6. What kind of ongoing support is provided to students?
  7. Are there genuine testimonials and references provided?

If you would like to find out more about my credentials do check out my two NLP websites and . I co-train with fellow Master Trainers Joe Cheal and Julie Silverthorn.

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