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PSYCH-K® V’s NLP – What’s The Difference?

A Client's Perspective

Whenever we have a conversation with someone about PSYCH-K®  they inevitably reply by saying ‘Isn’t that just the same type of thing as NLP?’ Seemingly on the surface it appears to be.  However as a facilitator I can see the difference but it can be difficult to articulate.

For this reason I went out on a quest to find someone who had previously had NLP sessions, who had something that they would like to change in their life and would be open to have two PSYCH-K® sessions and then describe and compare their experiences.  The important part was that  they were to have no training in mindset modalities at all.  So you get the complete layperson perspective.

Everything you read below are completely Helen’s words.  Her replies to the questions that I asked, unedited. I hope this gives you a little more insight into PSYCH-K®  and how it compares to NLP.

How would you describe Your PSYCH-K® Experience?

You start by discussing where things are at for you, and then you focus on your subconscious through the PSYCH-K® method. This involves listening to statements that relate to your life.

You find the statements that resonate with how you want your life to be by a pendulum (online method for me.) tuning into your subconscious and confirming that the statements are true (or not) for you. If they are not true yet for you, you go through a gentle physical exercise, or hold a specific gesture, whilst repeating them out loud and in your mind, until they become an actual belief for you.

This makes you feel like you have accepted them mentally and emotionally and can move forward with living them in your life.

It’s like finding the best, most apt life affirmations for yourself and then accepting these as your truths.

Side note: An NLP practitioner wouldn’t use a pendulum in a session.

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How did PSYCH-K® compare to NLP for you (differences/similarities)?

Our belief cycle illustrated. In red writing is Beliefs at the top, Thoughts Feelings on the right, Behaviours Actions Reactions at the bottom and Resutls experiences on the left. There is an arrow going between each step creating a circle of the four parts. On the arrow going from beliefs to thoughts and feelings is the word 'generate' from there to behaviours, actions and reactions it says 'create' then from here to results and experiences it says 'shape and finally from here back to beliefs it says confirm. This shows the continuing cycle of how beliefs reinforce themselves b

NLP involved identifying behaviours that were once a coping mechanism to difficult situations but are no longer relevant to your life. Those behaviours and reactions are embedded neural pathways and so you focus on breaking them by consciously going against those impulses and thus re-working the neural pathways.

This is somewhat similar to PSYCH-K® because you find statements that help you think in a different way, and respond differently to life. But PSYCH-K® feels more like an unconscious effort because, once you have your statements, you don’t need to focus so explicitly on the changes in your mind on a daily basis. They come naturally because you have already accepted them as your truth.

PSYCH-K® also feels more informal than a session with a therapist or counsellor and yet you still talk about your life, where you are currently at, and where you want to be. 

However, you tune into your subconscious and bring out things you perhaps didn’t realise were in need of change; beliefs you had that are holding you back. PSYCH-K® replaces these with positive, life-affirming statements that are embedded into your conscious and sub-conscious and then you start living them more effortlessly.

How much did you know about each before the first sessions?

Very little about NLP but it linked to other counselling sessions I’d had so felt familiar to tackle behaviours and focus on trying to change them. I knew nothing about PSYCH-K® before the first session.

Has PSYCH-K® done anything that NLP didn’t?

It is the unconscious, effortlessness of PSYCH-K® that NLP does not have.

The positive thoughts / statements coming to mind, or directing my behaviour without realising or without having to focus too much on it. The positive statements gained after a PSYCH-K® session are there in a way that they weren’t before.

I found myself wondering why I didn’t believe these statements about my life before because they feel so effortless now.

Photo of autumn red leaves floating in the sky. The sky behind is clear blue showing how naturally the answers come to the surface with PSYCH-K

Did you feel sceptical about either of them beforehand?

If so, how do you feel about them now?

Photo of a person's hand just about the click their fingers. The background is a light grey. This is to represent the speed and easy that change happens with PSYCH-K

I felt less sceptical of NLP before I experienced it because it was delivered as part of a counselling / psychologist’s method. I was sceptical of PSYCH-K® because I had no previous knowledge of it, and I was unsure how it would connect with my subconscious and bring about positive change.

In a weird way, I am still sceptical of PSYCH-K® because it is amazing that the changes it brings have come so effortlessly. You think – it can’t be this easy for my life to change! But we are conditioned to think things take time to change, that it takes effort to change them. PSYCH-K® has shown me it doesn’t.

These changes can take immediate effect with minimal effort because once you accept the statements as your truth, you just start living them. You find yourself responding much better to life and accepting the things you want to happen without questioning or doubting your choices.

Why shouldn’t change be that easy!

Did one perform better than the other for you? If NLP was better from your point of view you can say.

NLP was helpful and made me more conscious of my reactions and behaviours coming from my responses to past challenges. Even now, I do occasionally make the decision to check my behaviour and try and go against them when I know they are resurfacing from past events. But the fact that those reactions do still resurface perhaps suggests the NLP is a way to manage them, rather than change them. 

PSYCH-K® has had a more immediate effect and it is wonderful that the mental and emotional approach I need comes to me without much cognitive effort. It’s like the thoughts I need to help me, or make a situation better for myself, are already in place because the PSYCH-K® sessions helped me create them and put them there ready to use.

PSYCH-K as the easy way to create change represented by a photo of a black, metal signpost peaking out above a hedge. There are 5 signs on it going in different directions but the only one you can read has Easy Way written in gold on it and it points out over the hedge. The sky is bright behind and the sunshine is glinting off the other signs.

When I have felt stressed or uncertain, I have returned to my statements and used them to ground myself, or reset my thinking to a place of calm assurance that I have, and am, everything I need to get the best out of my life.

I haven’t been using PSYCH-K® method for long, but I already feel like it will be with me now for a long time, whenever I need it.

How have you benefited from your sessions?

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I feel more confident in myself and the decisions I am making in life.

I have had less stressful days and feel more able to handle challenges as I face them.

I am worrying less and not doubting or second-guessing myself as much as before.

I am less upset about things that do not go as planned.

I feel like I am living more in the present moment that I was before.

I feel happier and more relaxed about my life.

For the purposes of clarity please remember that the answers to these questions are the interpretation of someone who received two PSYCH-K® sessions and compared them to NLP sessions they’d previously received.  This article is intended to give you some information about their perception of both methods for to decide which one sounds like the best fit for you.  Please fully explore both options and gain the insight of other opinions.

Both NLP and PSYCH-K®  create change at a subconscious level helping you to achieve the outcome you desire from your sessions.

Has this article left you wanting to find out more about PSYCH-K® ?

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