Raglan Chronicle – Practitioner Article

Raglan Chronicle – Practitioner Article

This article was written by Emma Brooks for the Raglan Chronicle. It will give you a good idea about what you can expect from your NLP Practitioner Training. My thanks to Emma and the Raglan Chronicle for permission to use this article.

Introducing Raglan’s NLP Trainer

Ever wanted to be more successful in life? Raglan-based Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Trainer Stephanie Philp offers courses and training which can help you do just that. Emma Brooks popped along to Stephanie’s most recent course to find out more.

It’s a smiling, cheery group of people who greet me at the C-Barn one wet and windy lunchtime. They’ve all taken six days out of their lives to attend this course and one in particular has made a momentous effort to be here; Esteban has flown all the way from Colombia.


The course that Stephanie is running today is called MetaMorphosis 303, the third in a three part series of NLP Practitioner Training. Which brings me onto my first question – just what is Neuro-Linguistic Programming?

Turns out that’s a hard question to answer in a few words. Stephanie sums it up neatly as a “technology or science for how people achieve success” but it’s clear from the very thick manual that each participant is armed with that the topic is a big one.

“It’s just so huge,” admits Carleen. “It’s about noticing how people organise and accept experiences; a toolbox of techniques for understanding what’s going on in the unconscious.”

Stephanie became an NLP practitioner in 1994 and since 2000 when she became an internationally recognised NLP trainer has trained Practitioners and Master Practitioners. She now runs her business MetaMorphosis Ltd from Raglan. She offers a range of services including corporate training, courses and presentations.

So what does taking part in one of her courses involve? Carleen and Shahn tell me about some of the different methods involved which include story-telling, feedback sessions, tests and trance. Hang on – trance? “To get us into a relaxed state,” explains Shahn, “because when you’re relaxed you learn more easily.” So no long, mind-numbing lectures then? They reassure me that all the learning is fun and interactive. “Stephanie’s jokes are the best bit,” says Shahn.

All of those attending this course have different reasons for doing so. In some cases partners have attended similar courses while for Shahn experiencing Stephanie cure her fear of flying using an NLP technique was a big enough motivator to learn more. Wayne has spent twenty years working with addicts. He says he had always felt there must be a more effective way of working with a group of clients but it wasn’t until he read an article about NLP that something clicked. “It was like finding the Holy Grail,” he says. Since attending his first course Wayne says his training has made a massive difference in his work and he’s had a written letter of commendation from his employer to prove it. Carleen too has experienced success with NLP techniques. She recently won a gold medal in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the Australian Jiu Jitsu Champs in Melbourne. Her partner, who has also trained with Stephanie, took her through some NLP techniques before the competition. “I’m convinced that NLP made the difference,” she says.

My time is up and the participants are ready to get back into their training. Tomorrow is the last day of the course and the group will head home and start putting their new-found techniques to use in their everyday lives. NLP is not limited to the work environment. “If there’s room for growth, then there’s room for change,” says Carleen.

Esteban has the longest journey home. This course has served him two purposes – learning about NLP techniques and also helping to improve his English language skills. So what knowledge will he take back to Colombia with him? “That I have all the resources I need to succeed,” he says.