I’m embarking on a new journey, and you’re invited to come along and experience this with me. Well to be truthful, I’ve already begun this journey, so we need to catch you up first before you can begin walking with me on this venture. Don’t worry though, it’s not too late…

Before we get into more of this new journey, let’s backtrack just a bit and set the stage for why I started this endeavor and how we got to this point…

If you’re a listener to the Beyond Your Past Podcast (formally Surviving My Podcast), you may remember an episode where I interviewed NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Master, Trainer, and Co-Founder of iNLPCenter.org, Mike Bundrant. In addition to being a Master Practitioner, Mike is also an IAN Fellow Trainer, retired psychotherapist, and writer for Psych Central.  He became certified in NLP in 1993 and continued his journey that would include more education, training other coaches, and starting INLP Center. You can read more about his story here.

By the way, if you’re not a regular listener and subscriber to the podcast, there’s no better time like the present to check out some episodes and subscribe!  It’s available on iTunes, iheartRADIO, Spreaker, Stitcher, or your favorite podcasting app. Just search for “Beyond Your Past” or “Matthew Pappas”

Why did I decide to reach out to Mike last year and have him join me on the podcast? Mainly because I was jonesin’ to speak with someone who knew NLP inside and out, and had experience working with all types of clients so we could explore how this type of coaching can help with survivors in trauma recovery. That interview with Mike, which you can listen too right here in this post, really set the stage for a journey that led me to begin working on my NLP Practitioner and Master certifications. Just listening to him talk about some of the techniques that NLP uses, and how it can help specifically with trauma survivors and those who deal with anxiety, was inspiring to me.

Of course, NLP isn’t only for overcoming trauma or anxiety, but since those are the areas that I focus on as an advocate and coach, it’s what drew me into the world of NLP and got me so excited for the possibilities both for clients and myself. So I talked to Mike and let him know that once I was done my coaching certification that I’d be knocking down his door to begin my NLP courses.

After that, I began doing research and checking into other ways that NLP could help me in my own healing journey as a trauma survivor, but also how it could help in my work with clients in my future coaching practice (since I already knew that life coaching was the first step for me). So I created a vision in my mind of how I wanted to pursue this path, and I began focusing on that vision and establishing a mindset of seeing it come to fruition as I continued down the path that I created for myself.

I took the necessary courses to get my Life Coach Certification and launched BeyondYourPast.com. After taking the time to get things off the ground with my coaching, and celebrate the win of getting my certification, it was time for the next step…enter iNLP.

I reached back out to Mike and let him know that I was ready to move forward…which brings us to the present day.

See, you’re all caught up. That wasn’t so bad right?!

Throughout my training, it’s been a fascinating experience of seeing just what NLP does in creating powerful shifts in how we view ourselves and the world around us. It’s about understanding that the way we think about something, has a greater impact than what we are thinking about.

Think of it in terms of a flashback – something trauma survivors can definitely relate too. The flashback itself is simply a memory of something that happened in the past. Granted it can be a very traumatic memory, but it’s still a memory. You aren’t reliving that same event right now (even though it can feel like it).  The way that you think about that memory and the power and energy that you give it, has a direct impact on how you not only recover from that memory in the moment, but how you move forward and deal with similar memories in the future.

In terms of anxiety, it’s the same concept. When anxiety gets you thinking and feeling like you are out of control, you can’t handle what’s coming, you’re doomed to fail again, and something is just too overwhelming…the way that we respond to those feelings has a direct impact on how we view ourselves, manage stress, relationships, and so many other aspects of our lives.

That’s very powerful stuff right there my friends!  Since I lived with extreme anxiety for a long time and being a trauma survivor on top of it, this kind of enlightenment was huge for me and propelled me to begin diving deep into the world of NLP.

So, there you have it, a brief intro into why I’ve begun this journey of exploring how NLP can help with overcoming anxiety and with trauma recovery.

I’m starting a series of blog posts that will be ongoing, talking about various NLP techniques and strategies that I’ve found particularly helpful in the world of being a trauma survivor or someone who struggles with anxiety. So let’s get movin’…the path is right in front of us, and it’s going to be an interesting and empowering journey.

Learn More about the NLP Programs Available at iNLP Center.

Matthew Pappas, CLC







If you’d like to learn more about NLP, I can highly recommend iNLP Center. Both Mike and his wife Hope have dedicated their lives to teaching the tools and techniques that can be so life changing.  No matter what you struggle with personally, Neuro Linguistic Programming will change the way you view yourself, the events in your life both past and present, and the world around you.

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