What Is NLP Coaching and Mentoring?

Many life coaches and mentors have learned how to do neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) to improve or complement their practice. The powerful psychological framework has become a valuable tool in helping clients achieve even better results, all while training them behaviorally to be better versions of themselves. To become an NLP practitioner, you must complete an NLP program alongside a life coach or mentorship course. You can do both through Symbiosis Coaching—and even get your NLP certificate online!

What Is Neuro-Linguistic Programming?

Neuro-linguistic programming, known by the acronym NLP, intends to help people communicate more effectively and develop personally. It’s also known for its process of encouraging the recreation of successful patterns to achieve success in different fields. As its name suggests, it does these through neurology, linguistics, and programming.


The strategies of NLP deal with the functions of the nervous system, particularly the brain. It aims to help the mind better perceive behaviors, reactions, and actions, and recognize any inherent biases and patterns. In doing so, it rewires the brain into a more focused and harmonious state.


NLP pays attention to linguistics, or how people use language to communicate externally and internally. Sometimes, things get lost in translation—even when we’re looking inward–and NLP serves to improve the movement of information in these channels.


NLP methodologies are designed to “program” thoughts and behaviors in a way that drives desired outcomes. For example, NLP may help a person with emotional problems change the way they approach or react to things, allowing them to manage their feelings better.

The Difference Between NLP and Coaching and Mentoring

NLP is rooted in therapy and psychology, while coaching and mentoring are grounded on strategy and communication. Both tend to have the same goal: to improve the lives of others or help people achieve great results. However, the approach is different. 

NLP in Coaching and Mentoring

NLP and coaching can work hand-in-hand. In fact, they’re even more powerful together. Here’s what you need to know about how NLP factors into coaching and mentoring:

What Is an NLP Practitioner?

An NLP practitioner is a professional life coach who has the necessary training and certification to apply and teach the concepts of NLP in their practice. They’re trained to recognize people’s tendencies and to help others change psychologically and behaviorally to achieve their goals or obtain success in their fields.

Why Life Coaches Use NLP

Life coaches enjoy using NLP because it deals with the inner workings of a person. By tapping into someone’s psyche, coaches and mentors can help them reach their desired outcomes faster while facilitating an attitude that can consistently drive the same successful results. 

Holistic Approach

Coaching and mentoring are primarily outcome-based, but with NLP, the approach taken by the former two methodologies is made stronger, plus it gives clients a more holistic experience and a greater takeaway that will last them for a longer time.

Effective Strategies

Two of the most successful strategies applied in NLP are modeling and replicating. These look at how outcomes were achieved by others, then break down these methods into actionable frameworks that can be modeled and replicated by someone else to arrive at the same results.

Greater Success

Through psychological and behavioral change, NLP helps clients find greater success that they can continue to achieve by maintaining and practicing what they have learned through the guidance of their NLP practitioner. 

How to Become an NLP Practitioner

To become an NLP practitioner, you must complete an accredited NLP program, like Symbiosis Coaching’s online NLP practitioner training course, a dual-certification course that combines both life coaching and NLP. This will equip you with the core competencies of both frameworks, which will later allow you to become an ICF-certified life coach with a specialization in NLP. 

If you’re wondering how long it takes to become an NLP practitioner, know that it depends on the course. Symbiosis Coaching’s program runs for two hours a week for twenty-five weeks, and gives you a total of 65 ICF training hours.

Become an NLP Practitioner With Symbiosis Coaching Today

Symbiosis Coaching offers one of the best programs for NLP practitioners. The course provides dual certification, allowing enrollees to end the course with credits to become a certified life coach who can practice NLP—in short, an NLP practitioner. Get started on your journey to becoming an NLP practitioner by enrolling in Symbiosis Coaching’s online NLP practitioner training course today!

Certified NLP Coach

Program Description: The Certified NLP Coach program allows you to incorporate very powerful NLP techniques you’re your day-to-day coaching practice.

ICF Training Hours: 65

Duration: 25-weeks

Schedule: One 2-hour class per week

Includes certificate: Yes

Certified Organizational Development Coach

Program Description:

The Certified Organizational Development Coach program is an exclusive and very unique program, designed for coaches who wish to coach entire organizations with their Organizational Development and Change Management goals. This program provides you with 65 ICF training hours - more than enough for the ACC credential. Over a series of 25 weekly lectures, it prepares you to deal with volatile group dynamics across entire organizations. Topics including OD interventions, Team Engagement, Buyer Behavior of internal customers, The Tripod of Success, Ensuring Sustainability, Performance-Retention correlation, Strategies to influence behavior - and many more - are covered in detail.

Coaches are introduced to the ARCS Model, as well as to the Organizational Culture Audit Toolkit. Employee motivation, satisfaction, and productivity are discussed, as well as their impact on the performance of the organization as a whole. Students are introduced to various Change Management models including Lewin's Planned Change model, the ADKAR Change Management model, and Kotter's 8 steps of Change Management. Resistance to change and its manifestation are discussed, as is Behavior Modification.

Upon completing this program, Certified Organizational Development Coaches will have all the tools they need to affect positive transformation within organizations, and will be able to coach teams and personnel at all levels - including initiators, decision makers, influencers, and intervention implementers.

In addition to coaches who are launching their own Corporate Coaching practices, this is an essential program for HR professionals, Training and Development Professionals, Managers, and Corporate Leaders who wish to implement internal policies and OD processes to guide their companies and people through ongoing change.

ICF Training Hours: 65

Duration: 25-weeks

Schedule: One 2-hour class per week

Includes certificate: Yes

Certified Executive Coach

Program Description

The Certified Executive Coach program has been designed for coaches who wish to coach managers, executives, and corporate leaders. The goal of this program is to cultivate a deep understanding of how the executive coaching process works as well as some of the challenges that come up in executive coaching conversations.

This program has been approved by the International Coaching Federation for 32 hours, and it comprises of 12 live, instructor-led, fully interactive virtual classes offered over zoom. These classes cover various aspects of executive coaching including, but not limited to Effective Collaboration, Performance Management, Upskilling, Conflict Management, Effective Collaboration, Developing Team Members, and many more.

This program has a very unique, hands-on, experiential structure. Classes are focused on active participation by students through real life Coaching Challenges and discussions of real life executive coaching situations.

ICF Training Hours: 32

Duration: 12-weeks

Schedule: One 2-hour class per week

Includes certificate: Yes

Certified Life Coach

Program Description:

The Certified life Coach program is an essential program for anyone considering coaching as a profession. The goal of this program is to create a deep understanding of the coaching process, along with how and why it is effective in catalyzing shifts in the mindset to create positive, sustainable transformation.

The training is based on the ICF’s core coaching competencies. It focuses on skills that lead to effective coaching conversations and that are required to build a successful coaching business. It evokes awareness about how identity, thoughts, and feelings determine mindset; and why a change in Think Feel Do impacts the achievement of goals though a change in this mindset.

This program is approved by the International Coaching Federation for 95 hours and comprises 24 live, instructor led, fully interactive virtual sessions offered over Zoom. These lectures cover all aspects of coaching – topics such as Human Emotions and the Brain, Coaching through Emotional Intelligence, The Belief System, Coaching Process and Structure, Deep Listening, Setting Worthy Goals, Asking Insightful Questions, Addressing Client Resistance, Coaching Groups, The Business of Coaching, and many more. These are complemented with a library of reading and reference material, coaching challenges based on various real-life coaching situations, extensive hands-on coaching practice, and assignments designed to trigger reflection on and mastery of coaching skills.

ICF Training Hours: 95

Duration: 24-weeks

Schedule: One 2-hour class per week

Includes certificate: Yes

Class Schedule
ProgramStart DateClass TimesClass Schedule
Certified Life CoachTuesday, September 3rd10:30am ET
3:00pm ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 2-hours, for 24-weeks
Certified Organizational Development CoachMonday, October 7th10:30am ET
3:00pm ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 2-hours, for 25-weeks
Certified Executive CoachThursday, October 10th10:30am ET
3:00pm ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 2-hours, for 12-weeks
Certified NLP CoachWednesday, October 9th10:30am ET
3:00pm ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 2-hours, for 25-weeks
Level 1/2 - ACC/PCC
Friday, September 27th10:30am ET
3:00pm ET
8:00pm ET
Once a week, 1-hour
for 6-sessions PLUS 4 one-on-
one sessions with mentor