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Article: Volume 43 Number 3 Page 288 - April 2016

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Mental Wellbeing:  How Neurolinguistic Psychotherapy (NLPt) could Help to Improve Psychological Wellbeing within the Dental Profession

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Abstract: This article is an exploration of some of the causes of stress within the dental profession and a discussion on how some of the models and philosophies of NLPt could help improve the levels of psychological wellbeing within the profession. Some of the fundamental concepts of NLPt are explored, with particular reference to their application in regard to stress. It is concluded that NLPt could provide a robust methodology for reducing psychological distress within the profession, by helping dentists to understand the concept of unuseful constructs, to improve behavioural choice and to discover the possibility of a more resourceful way of being.

Clinical relevance: Dentists under stress do not perform well; judgement is impaired, motivation is reduced and poor decisions can be made which impact directly on patient care.

Author notes: Joanna Taylor, MHS(Acc), Psychotherapist (NLPt), Accredited Member of the National Hypnotherapy Society, a Member of NLPtCA (Neurolinguistic Psychotherapy & Counselling Association) and a Member of INLPTA (International NLP Trainers Association).

Objective: To understand how neurolinguistic psychotherapy (NLPt) could help to improve psychological wellbeing within the dental profession.