The Bandler Model

The Bandler Model 


The co-founder of NLP, Richard Bandler has become an icon in the field of self development with NLP reaching from the sales room to phobia removal sessions. Millions of practitioners have studied NLP, gaining NLP qualifications and mastering the various powerful NLP techniques on offer.

But few people can say they are at the standards Bandler sets. Richard  Bandler tells us repeatedly that he uses what the client brings to the session to support them, and cures clients of phobias, anxiety and low confidence in a very short period of time, often in front of a large audience.

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So, How Does Bandler Do It?


Dr Richards Bandlers technique is complex, as can be seen on the thousands of youtube videos showing you the Bandler Model. I have researched hundreds of videos to look at the common techniques he uses with clients. This is a working progress the more I research Bandler the more I understand how complex his simple looking method is. The model below is just a sample of what Bandler does.


The Bandler Technique


Step 1. Bandler says rapport isn’t always necessary, if you need rapport establish it by matching behaviour

Step 2. Use the Meta Model to chunk down the clients model and challenge limiting beliefs

  • Example; RB whats the matter? Needles RB what about needles?
  • Example; I have always been scared of needles RB Always?

Step 3. Listen for Sensory Based Information and pay attention for what isn’t there

  • Example; RB how did you make it worse? Pictures

Step 4. Make people become sick of their problem, up the pain of the problem as the pain is a great motivator and the routine of something  even something they don’t like is familiar and comforting

Step 5. Get the Client to see their problem from a new perspective, dissociation and re-framing works well here

Step 6. Find New and Appealing Options, when people have to make a choice they make the best one

Step 7. Use Milton Model Language to Induce trance, Stack Realities embedding one story into another creates confusion, using pattern interrupts breaks learnt programmes and creates confusion.

Step 8. Change Sub-modalities and change the experience, create a new way of learning. TEST the outcome

Step 9 Use Humour throughout the session, humour loosens the clients serious attitude, and decreases fear and anxiety “you cant be scared of a phobia if your laughing at it”

Step 10 Create a New Strategy,  if you take something away you have to replace it with something. Test and test the new strategy


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