What is neurocoaching?

Neurocoaching is a fusion of applied neuroscience, performance psychology and neurolinguistics. The emphasis is on neurology and engaging the whole nervous system, multiple ‘brains’, spinal cord and peripheral nerves in high performance and wellbeing. As defined here, neurocoaching differs from other modalities by retaining the central importance of using neurological or ‘embodied thinking’ processes in how we coach and train, rather than content (advice style) models of the world

Neuroscience and performance psychology

Neuroscience is the interdisciplinary study of the nervous system. It includes molecular and cellular studies, biochemistry, imaging of sensory and motor tasks in the brain, through to cognitive and behavioral research. Performance psychology is the scientific study of performance thinking. Neuroscience and performance psychology are much more than just academic studies of the brain and human performance – they have revolutionized human capability in fields as diverse as rehabilitation after car injury or stroke through to expert performance in sports, the military or the boardroom

NLP is an epistemology

NLP is the study of knowledge or how we know what we think we know; and it is a process for modelling, adopting and coaching expert performance. It is concerned with the patterns or programs of neurological processes and the language that we apply to describe human experience. More specifically, those patterns of conscious and unconscious whole body experiences and language that are the distinction that makes the difference in expert performance. NLP forms the basis of most leadership and business coaching programs, and is widely used as a methodology for life coaching, language acquisition, sports performance, therapeutic interventions and just about anything where human excellence is of interest

We coach people

At The Coaching Space we coach people using New Code NLP, not the other way around. All of our lead trainers have been trained by John Grinder and Carmen Bostic St Clair and we are committed to ethical neurocoaching that recognizes the importance of the distinction between content and process. We ensure that we do not impose our values or beliefs onto our clients – it is our job to facilitate, through process coaching and emergence of choice. We then enable people to choose what likely works best for them, and test the unconscious uptake and ecological impact of those changes to ensure that change is given the best possible chance of being sustainable and lasting

New code

The New Code of NLP, developed by John Grinder and Carmen Bostic, offers an evolution on the original NLP process that is reflected in our contemporary understanding of neuroscience (e.g. see The Master and His Emissary, Iain McGilchrist, 2009; The Woman Who Changed her Brain, Barbara-Arrowsmith-Young, 2012). John and co-workers re-coded the processes of NLP originally uncovered in the 1970s with a number of important distinctions. The most important distinction concerned the deliberate engagement with the unconscious in the process of change