This April Newcastle Hypnotherapy Practice Group is combining some Provocative Coaching with some Patterns of reformulation ( aka Sleight of Mouth ) to get to the meat or Zen of something spontaneous and genuine and then reframing or re-meaning the perceived problem,as in you get it different.

Last Wednesday I met up with my friend and mentor Phil Jeremiah, In Newcastle late at night ( at least for me ) and over coffee and a tomato juice with Wooster sauce, we shared some ideas. All this happened with as can be imagined, a little provocation and semi-structured spontaneous humour.

Provocative Therapy Humour Worx

In case you don’t know Phil is the best congruent practitioner of Provocative Therapy I have met. Phil is in Newcastle this July to share his Provocative Humour Worx methodology. So from this I will be sharing two powerful patterns Phil taught ( demonstrated ) with me at the Newcastle Hypnotherapy Practice Group.

Following on from this, having just about extruded a honest and genuine response, as I like to move ideas across seemingly fragmented domains, we will be utilising the Patterns of Reformulation, originally modeled by Robert Dilts from Bandler. A series of ‘patterns’ which are kind of all about changing the meaning ( meant or offered ) to, obviously, change the structure of thinking and produce neurological change.

Let’s take such a statement as ‘I can’t lose weight because of my genetics‘.

Some of the Patterns of Reformulation include exploring such labels as :

Prior Cause :

  • ‘No its not that, it’s because you love food more than your husband’
  • ‘Well you say that but you like to be cuddly.’
  • ‘Nope, it’s cause you were dropped on your head as a child.’


  • ‘I think its all about you wanting to be loved for who you are.’
  • ‘You just want to protect yourself with padding.’
  • ‘It’s because you like to have a physical presence that can’t be ignored.’

Metaphor / Analogy

  • ‘Genetics has so little to do with this, but you like a scientific exploration of a lie.’
  • ‘Tie two birds together, four wings and can’t fly. What?’
  • ‘But you are a perfect product of god and society!’


All about doing enough concussion to the verbal descriptions to help reformulate the internal maps in a useful way. Come along and explore some different ways of change at the Newcastle Hypnotherapy Practice Group this April.


Facilitator : Nigel Hetherington

Entry Level : Open To All

Places are limited to 24 so book in advance to guarantee your place

Wednesday April 4th

Come join in and explore in a warm, comfortable purpose built training environment.

The Newcastle NLP and Hypnotherapy Practice Group, The Trance Cafe meets at

St Oswalds, Coleman Education Centre, Regent Avenue, Regent Centre, Gosforth. NE3 1EE


tea / coffee & biscuits included
7-9pm for only £10.00 book online now!