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  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (31 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415425417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415425414
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,053,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lisa is a highly experienced and well respected psychotherapist, trainer, coach, facilitator and change management consultant.

Formerly a nurse and NHS senior manager, Lisa commenced her career as a trainer and consultant in 1997. Lisa has developed extensive experience and expertise as a Coach, Facilitator, Change Agent, Trainer, Supervisor and Mentor. Now a Master Trainer of NLP, Lisa is accredited by the UK Council for Psychotherapy as a neurolinguistic psychotherapist.

Lisa provides suppport to the NLP community through her voluntary work as advisor to ANLP, and researcher to the global NLP Research and Recognition project (

As a psychotherapist, Lisa has served as both Chair and Vice Chair of the UKCP, working closely with the Government on the statutory regulation of psychology, psychotherapy and counselling and has long been a proponent of the effectiveness of brief therapy. Lisa has actively campaigned for rigour of standards, ethics, and research in psychotherapy and has contributed to the neurolinguistic psychotherapy field with the publication of her groundbreaking book for the Advancing Theory in Therapy series for Routledge, Neurolinguistic Psychotherapy: A Postmodern Perspective.

As a Consultant Lisa has worked with a variety of organisations and has an established portfolio of clients in the public and commercial sectors.

Lisa has successfully developed Awaken Consulting to include a team of Associate Consultants, offering training, coaching and development services to companies as diverse as Northern Foods Group, Bayer Cropscience, Mundipharma, Tubelines, BASF, Napp Pharmaceuticals, Keepmoat, Health and Local Authorities.

Lisa's most significant project in the commercial sector is to work as management development consultant and advisor to Northern Foods Group since 1998. She has assisted the organisation to manage a changing agenda and to increase their market share of quality products. Within the public sector, Lisa worked closely with the NHS Modernisation Agency in implementing the national Clinical Governance Framework for medical and pharmacy contracts.


'Neurolinguistic programming: does it have a role in supporting learning or OD interventions? Development and Learning in Organisations. 2010 Volume 25 Issue 1 p. 19-21

'How can NLP help to motivate your staff?' Changeboard 26/8/10

'The Role of Brief Therapy in Attachment Disorders' - 2010 Karnac.

'NLP: Principles in Practice' Ecademy Press. 2010

'The Changing World of NLP Training' Rapport Magazine for ANLP. Winter 2009/10 Issue 18. Pp. 42-43.

'A study of the relationship between the core belief structures of neurolinguistic psychotherapy and object relations theory'. Current Research in NLP. Volume 1. 2009 p. 50-66.

'Qualitative Studies. Neurolinguistic Programming. A blueprint for success for Keepmoat.'
Rapport Magazine for ANLP. Spring 2008. Issue 11. pp.36-37

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'Presupposing Excellence - Supervisory Dilemmas for Coaching and Therapy.'
Rapport Magazine for ANLP. Winter 2007. Issue 10. pp.24-25

'Buy now! Ebay certified NLP Master Practitioner Programme. Does NLP need regulating?'
Rapport Magazine for ANLP. Summer 2007. Issue 8. pp.50

'Towards statutory regulation of psychotherapy in the UK'
International Journal of Psychotherapy Vol 10 No 3 Nov 06 pp72-80

The Psychotherapist Issue 32 Autumn 06 p. 3

'Statutory Regulation - Will it ever happen?'
The Psychotherapist Issue 30 Spring 06 p.7-8

'Crossing the Floor - The Merging of Models in Child Psychotherapy'
The Psychotherapist Issue 29 Winter 05 p.14

'Communication - help for the tongue tied'
Health Service Journal - online June 2005

'Benchmarking mentoring skills in NLP'
NLP News - The Magazine of the International NLP Trainers Association Issue 9 Sept 04

'NHS Forum'
The Psychotherapist Issue 21 January 04 p.11

Lisa can be contacted via or

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"At last, a book series that will help to make the ideal of effective continuing professional development in the fields of psychotherapy and counselling more of a reality. Without being partisan or requiring an unrealistically high level of existing knowledge, the books offer a unique opportunity for experienced practitioners and advanced students to encounter the cutting edge of theory in their particular theoretical model." - Andrew Samuels, Professor of Analytical Psychology, University of Essex, USA

"Essential reading for all psychotherapeutic practitioners who wish to offer their clients the very best that our age affords in a co-created relationship of acceptance, nurture, intervention and above all, respect for the unique self-balancing system of the client." -  Pamela Gawler-Wright, Chair of BeeLeaf Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, UK

"Lisa Wake brings heart, soul, intellect and integrity to the emerging discipline of NLP psychotherapy. She not only brings together what has been done and written before in the area of NLP and psychotherapy, but adds new distinctions and understandings. Very readable and human while maintaining a professional tone throughout." -Bill O'Hanlon, author of Taproots, Change 101 and An Uncommon Casebook

"Were I a religious man I would shout 'Hallelujah!' I am not religious and yet I can give thanks to Lisa Wake, if not god... The style is conversational and engaging combinging a rigorous intellect with personal warmth... It is a must for all neuro-linguistic psychotherapists and a tremendous resource for psychotherapists and counsellors of all modalities." - Martin Weaver, The Psychotherapist, Issue 37, Spring 2008

About the Author

Lisa Wake is a Neurolinguistic Psychotherapist, and an internationally recognised Master Trainer of NLP. She is Director of Awaken Consulting and Training Services Ltd, which offers corporate consultancy, training, coaching and psychotherapy services. She is also Director of Awaken School of Outcome Oriented Psychotherapies Ltd, which provides UKCP accredited psychotherapy trainings. Lisa has also served as Vice Chair and Chair of UKCP.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Simon Clarke on 3 May 2008
Format: Paperback
There are many books about NLP,but this is the first one
about neurolinguistic psychotherapy,and whilst incorporating
the tools and techniques of NLP,goes beyond this to describe
a distinctive way of doing psychotherapy.It should remain a
standard work for some considerable time.The author outlines
the development of NLP,and highlights influences from elsewhere
which are used in neurolinguistic psychotherapy.Included
in the book are chapters on personality,language,neurological
processes,programming and reframing.Interspersed in these chapters
are several illuminating and sensitive case studies involving
the author's therapeutic work. This book should be read by anyone
who seeks to use NLP tools in their psychotherapy or counselling,and is highly recommended for anyone with a general interest in either NLP or psychotherapy.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dr. S. Henwood on 7 May 2008
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There are many books written about NLP, many of which present tools and techniques and add value to the wealth of knowledge about how to use NLP. As far as I am concerned this book is in a different league. It offers an academic and researched perspective on NLP and presents beautifully how it fits alongisde other 'therapies'. It offers a background to the origins of NLP and links that to other techniques which already existed at that time, giving a much needed history and past perspective on which to base therapeutic practice as well as offering an up to date theoretical basis for current practice. The book is exquisitely written and while presenting material at a very high level is easily accessible to all readers. I would strongly recommend that this becomes a 'must have' on every shelf for people studying or practicing NLP.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Augustine on 3 Oct. 2008
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You may have stumbled across the title of this book and wondered like me what is NL(P) Psychotherapy, let alone what is NLP? Possibly sceptical from what you have heard about NLP in the past? Then if so, let the fusion of NLP with psychotherapy, the professionalism of Lisa Wake, and a relatively short well researched and exquisitely written guide delve you into this blossoming world..!!!

Aligning her work with Erickson's students and contemporaries in the main (e.g. Gilligan and O'Hanlon) and also notably Gawler-Wright, Wake asserts that Erickson's success (and Satir's and Perl's to a lesser degree) was based on an unconscious reading within the "relationship" or therapeutic presence. Unconscious communicative aspects in the client-therapist system influence change, which is not a primary motive in behavioural modelling. Instead this takes a meta-perspective, and the relationship can remain at a secondary or a superficial level, possibly making it such an attractive approach in short-term coaching.

Out of a renewed acquaintance with the creative shaping of the healing space (the intuitive artist/dance partner, not performer), reference is made to the integrity of the Neurolinguistic Psychotherapist. After all, as it stands at present, NLP practioners have no formal regulations placed upon them for a regular quota of health check "hours". Healthy ego integration, self individuation and horizontal alignment that would lessen judgements and unhealthy projections in the client space are rarely seen as governed prerequisites, leaving superficial approaches of NLP open to some dangers. For example, behaviourist modelling could bring to consciousness unconscious material without the holding space of counter-transference.
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By Gillian H. on 8 May 2014
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Helpful, easy to read, and opened my mind with theories that reinforced my current practice. I would recommend this book
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Lazarus on 7 May 2008
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Lisa has written a book which is ground-breaking and takes the field of Neuro Linguistic Programming and Neuro Linguistic Psychotherapy into new arenas. This book will be of huge interest to therapists and 'NLPers' interested in broadening and deepening their knowledge of the field.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G. W. Evans on 21 April 2010
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Having come across all the five star reviews of this book and found myself wondering what book other reviewers may have been reading I was heartened to read the review of John Rowan. As an NLP Practitioner I found much of his critique of this muddled text resonated with my own (although I would dispute his insistence that constructivism denies the existence of unconscious constructs - Neimeyer, Mahoney, Ecker & Hulley, Von Foerster, and Watzlawick would all disagree, and Kelly in his effort to distance himself from Freudian notions of the Unconscious still recognised the existence of 'other-than-conscious' process choosing to reframe these as sets of constructs existing at 'low levels of awareness', i.e. unconscious constructs).

This is a book about NLP Therapy that seems unable to decide what model of NLP therapy it wants to be. We have discussion of NLP therapy as an outcome based model, NLP therapy as a relational therapy, NLP therapy as a model of (cognitive) behaviourism and NLP and psycho-analytical ideas wedged uncomfortably together.

'Mess' is the word that comes to mind.

Contradictory models spliced together with poor referencing, laboured discussion and a feel of the author forcing disparate ideas to fit rather than there being any clearly useful rationale for such a fudging of models and perspectives.

What emerged for me as I read this text (initially with a sense of excitement and anticipation) was a sense of frustration, disappointment, incoherence and incongruity. The idea of thinking about NLP as a therapy (even though it goes against what both Bandler and Grinder say about the original models) seems a reasonable endeavour as much of what I notice myself and colleagues doing is therapeutic work.
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