Neuro-linguistic programming and application in treatment of phobias

Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2010 Nov;16(4):203-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2010.02.003. Epub 2010 Mar 29.


Phobias are a prevalent and often debilitating mental health problem all over the world. This article aims to explore what is known about the use of Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) as a treatment for this condition. Whilst there is abundant experiential evidence from NLP practitioners attesting to the efficacy of this method as a treatment for phobias, experimental research in this area is somewhat limited. This paper reviews evidence available in literature produced in the UK and US and reveals that NLP is a successful treatment for phobias as well as being particularly efficient due to the relatively brief time period it takes to effect an improvement.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Neurolinguistic Programming*
  • Phobic Disorders / therapy*
  • Psychotherapy*
  • Treatment Outcome