Interview with Ariel Garten, speaker at the 2007 CANLP Conference, April 13 – 15, www.canlp.ca. Presentation title: What is the Neuro in Neuro Linguistic Programming, anyway
Would you please provide my readers with a brief overview of your background (e.g. when did you first start to study NLP, what level of training have you achieved).
I have a degree in Neuroscience from the University of Toronto and worked in the Playfair Neuroscience unit researching the role of oxyradicals on age-related neurodegenerative diseases. When I began practicing as a psychotherapist, NLP took on a large role in my methodology. I trained with Hugh Comerford in Toronto, and completed my masters with John Sweetnam and Roger Ellerton in Ottawa.
What is your current business practice and what role does NLP play?
As a psychotherapist and NLP practitioner who deals with a wide variety of issues, from chronic depression, to Turette's Syndrome, to personal productivity, I use NLP in almost every session. It very effectively enhances the effect of the Gestalt, CBT and expressive arts therapy work I do with my private and corporate clients. I find the Gestalt, CBT and Neuroscience background broaden my palette of resources for understanding ones emotions and effecting change, giving me a unique edge as an NLP practitioner.
Would you please provide a brief summary of your presentation at the CANLP conference and indicate the key points that someone in your audience can expect to learn?
The title is "What is the Neuro in Neuro Linguistic Programming, anyway".
We know that the N in NLP stands for Neuro, but when the technique was developed in the 70's very little of the information scientists know about neuroscience today was available. We will learn how NLP is connected to Neuroscience, and how, from a brain-based level, we may be effecting change when we use its techniques. In today's emerging 'neuroscociety', understanding the world and our actions from the basis of the brain becomes not only topical, but critical.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
My private practice and consultancy is based in Toronto, Canada, where I have offices downtown and midtown. I am happy to field questions about NLP or help you effect personal change.
For those who would like to learn more about you, do you have a website that they can visit or a way that they can easily contact you?
I can be found at www.neuroconsulting.net or directly at email@example.com and look forward to engaging with you.