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Keith Gilbert (Grad.Cert.NLP) - Email:


NLP Consultant - Applied Cognitive Psychology

Inspiritive Life Coach - Process Oriented Coaching (21614VIC)

Expertise in Emotional Intelligence

Practitioner of John Grinder's "S Pattern"

Practitioner Ericksonian Hypnosis


Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)

NLP can be helpful in resolving;

Phobias, anxiety, panic and fears


Weight loss and eating disorders


Dealing with grief, loss and change

Unwanted habits and limiting beliefs

Alcohol and drug dependence


... and can assist with;

Building confidence

Motivation and creativity

Achieving goals


In NLP speak there is your conscious mind and then there is your unconscious mind. When you have a really good relationship between these two aspects of your mind you can create and achieve just about anything your heart desires. When the relationship between conscious and unconscious is not so healthy then you can experience problems like; bad habits, weight problems, health problems, relationship problems, depression, anxiety, self esteem issues... and the list can go on.

So in terms of personal development NLP is a set of tools for developing that relationship with your unconscious. Why? Because your unconscious is far more capable, in terms of making the changes that you want to make, than your conscious mind. We’ve all been there. We have all tried very hard to consciously change things in our lives and it’s hard going, it’s hard work. But creating the life that you want doesn’t have to be hard work. Challenging, certainly! But hard? Where’s the fun in that?!


Rewards Program

Some issues can take more than one consultation to resolve.  This can also apply to a goal or goals that you want to achieve.  Contact Keith at to find out about the rewards scheme for reducing costs of individual consulations. 


Disclaimer: It is important to remember that NLP is not a cure for any condition. NLP is a means for you to learn how to develop a relationship with your unconscious. It is a means for you to learn how to make requests of your unconscious for change and new learnings. At every step in the process you are responsible for the changes that you make because only you can change you. As an NLP Consultant my task is to assist you in learning how to develop that relationship so that you can make the changes that you want to make. NLP is a set of mental tools. When you learn how to use these tools the choices you make subsequent to any NLP experience are your own responsibility. How you change, when you change, and the types of changes you make will be unique to you.



If you are interested in learning Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) we invite you to consider the following

At this point in time NLP in Australia is not a government regulated body. This means, quite literally, that anyone can claim to be a practitioner of NLP, or even trainer of NLP, regardless of what training they have received, if any. What does this mean to you the person interested in learning NLP? It means that you are in a rather vulnerable position with regard to choosing your NLP trainer whether you are looking to learn certain applications of NLP or want the Graduate Certificate in NLP.

Our purpose is to provide you with some guidelines which will help you choose an NLP teacher or NLP training organisation that meets your own personal criteria.

We are campaigning for NLP to become government regulated with the Graduate Certificate in NLP as the Australian standard.

Although John Grinder and Richard Bandler proposed an international standard for training in NLP in the late seventies and early eighties an international standard does not exist today. The Graduate Certificate of NLP in Australia is forty (40) days face-to-face training with two days of examination. Further training is required to be able to teach NLP (NLP trainer) to the level of NLP Consultant.

Digital, audio and visual media (CD’s, DVD’s, internet web sites…) do NOT constitute NLP Training.

Training in applications of NLP – parenting, sport, sales, management, communication skills, project management, teaching, therapy, life coaching, presentation skills… - will satisfy the following criteria;

• Use of unconscious signals and calibration in all interventions
• Ecology
• Course content is free of beliefs, ideals, and values. Each of these - beliefs, ideals, and values - constitute an imposition and are NOT NLP.

Until NLP is a government regulated body here are some pointers to help you choose the best training for you.

Around the world and in Australia there are so called NLP training organisations that purport to offer comprehensive NLP training that satisfies international standards. Many of these organisations offer twelve (12), seven (7) and even three (3) day full practitioner certification without examination. This means that these organisations hand out practitioner level certification just because participants have paid the course fee.

The creators of NLP, John Grinder and Richard Bandler, set the standard for training in NLP. The standard they set is twenty days face-to-face training to reach the level of Practitioner of NLP and another twenty days face-to-face training to get to the level of Master Practitioner. The Graduate Certificate in NLP in Australia, the nationally recognised formal qualification, now supersedes Practitioner and Master Practitioner of NLP in Australia whilst maintaining the standard set by its creators.

Organisations in Australia have taken advantage of the fact that NLP is not government regulated. Instead of teaching to the standard set by its creators they offer Practitioner Level Certification in less than twenty days. Their argument is that;

• NLP is an accelerated learning strategy so they can ‘accelerate’ their courses and make them shorter.
• By making their courses shorter they can present them more often and so make more money.

You can ask yourself,

“If their courses are shorter than the Graduate Certificate in NLP… what are they leaving out?”
“Are they using audio and/or visual/video media like CD’s, books and DVD’s as part of their training, instead of the required face-to-face format?”
“Who were they trained by, and do they fully understand what NLP is and how it is to be taught?”
“Will a Practitioner Level Certificate from these organisations be recognised once NLP becomes a government regulated body?”   The answer to this question is NO!

Some organisations have even argued that it is not commercially viable to teach to the Graduate Certificate of NLP. The question you can ask yourself is, “Are they really concerned about quality training in NLP or are they more concerned with how much money they can make from you?”

How can you, someone interested in learning NLP, discern between quality comprehensive NLP and training that is not? By way of analogy – Imagine someone approaches you and asks you if you want to learn Thai cooking. This same person purports to be the best Thai chef in the world and promises you that you will receive the best, most comprehensive training in Thai cooking. If you have never heard of Thai cooking then you have no reference point, that is, you cannot tell if this person does in fact have any knowledge or skill in the art of Thai cooking or has the ability to teach it. Of course you can choose to trust that the person does have the qualification that he/she purports to have and that he/she will indeed train you to the highest standard. Or you can gather information on Thai cooking – books, videos, actually sample the food at restaurants - so that you have some reference point with which you can discern whether the claims made by the person are indeed accurate.

If you choose to trust the person, without gathering information about what Thai cooking is, and you pay $$$$ dollars and all you learn is how to boil rice then you might accept that you have become a master chef in Thai cooking but the reality is that you have not. Feedback from the world when you start cooking for family or friends or attempt to open your own Thai restaurant will let you know in no uncertain terms that you have been conned.

Or in a more critical situation what would you do if you discovered that someone close to you was to be operated on by a Brain Surgeon who did "the short course"?

This, unfortunately, is where we find NLP today; many organizations purporting to offer the best, most comprehensive NLP training and the reality is that they are not. So how can you ensure that you are indeed getting what you are paying for?

We propose that the general public has the right to ask any organisation purporting to offer comprehensive training in NLP whether it covers all the material in the Graduate Certificate in face-to-face training, and can they produce the necessary material for public perusal? Can the organisation produce their syllabus, outcomes and required competencies, that are necessary for any person to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in NLP?

We are not suggesting that these organizations stop teaching NLP. Everyone can benefit from learning NLP applications for use in: parenting, sport, sales, management, communication skills, project management, teaching, therapy, life coaching, presentation skills… and many other applications. We are suggesting that unless they are teaching the Graduate Certificate in NLP that they label their courses as applications of NLP or call then something else. You as the consumer have the right to ask any organisation;

• To show how their course is as, or more, comprehensive than the graduate Certificate in NLP by making available the course syllabus, outcomes and required competencies.
• Offering training that is less than the Graduate Certificate of NLP (forty (40) or 130 hours face-to-face and two (2) days examination) what parts of the course they have left out of the face-to-face format.

• How do they test the competencies of their students?
• If they make the distinction between process and content in their training.
• If they present any beliefs, ideals, or values as part of their NLP training. NLP contains no beliefs, ideals, or values.

If you are interested in learning NLP, its applications or the Graduate Certificate of NLP, you have the right to gather all the information you need to ensure that the training you pay for satisfies your criteria for quality and indeed presents all the information, that the organisation says is in its courses, in a face-to-face format. As stated above, if any organisation purports to offer the most comprehensive NLP content and certification for NLP Consultant then you have every right to ask for evidence that the course matches or exceeds the course content as presented in the Graduate Certificate of NLP.

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