NLP Techniques

Creating Anchors

Written by Lee Avery

The ability to create and fire anchors is a required skill for the effective use of NLP and there are just 4 simple steps.

1Obtain a Peak State
The first step in creating an effective anchor is ensuring that the client is experiencing the peak of the resourceful state and is fully associated into the feeling. Getting the client to feel the state as fully as possible is one of the major tasks that the practitioner will need to undertake when setting an anchor, it is important skill to be able to go there first and then bring the client along with you.


2Set a UNIQUE Anchor
No matter whether the anchor is Physical, Auditory or Visual the important thing is to ensure that the anchor is unique to this particular emotional state. All too often within NLP training practitioners are taught to use the ‘finger and thumb’ touch for anchoring, the issues with this is (a) it is too common a move, (b) is overused and becomes confused and (c) not unique enough.

The more unique and individual you make it the better it will be.


3Break State
Once you have gone through the process and tied the anchor to the state it is vitally important that you break the client out of the state and get them back into neutral. This has the effect of ‘resetting’ the emotions so that when the setting is repeated it is at the peak of the resourceful state.


4Repeat and Rinse
Depending upon the client, the state and the required intensity it is likely that you will need to repeat the process several times to build up the client to an instantaneous response. The good thing is that each time you go through the cycle the reaction will become stronger.

Once you have been through the process a couple of times check by getting the client back to a neutral state and then have them fire off the anchor whilst watching for changes in physiology.

About the author

Lee Avery

Professional Therapist, Clinical Hypnosis & NLP Trainer with over 25 years of experience in training new professionals and treating clients. He specialises in Trauma related Psychological health issues. After years of running training classes Lee has decided to publish his training materials online to further the accessibility of NLP and Hypnosis. He is an advocate for Clinical Hypnosis Excellence and is constantly looking to improve the professional standing of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy within the medical community.

He also runs Achieving Greatness a software development company producing mobile apps for the mental health community.

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