1. NLP sessions can last as little as an hour and as long as two hours. With some techniques, like Releasing Enmeshment, depending on how deep the enmeshment is or how many individuals the client is being detached from, the session can go on a bit longer than two hours. Sessions are billed by the hour.
2. Clients are required to fill out an intake form before the session begins. In addition, the client and the facilitator have a discussion before engaging in any technique to ascertain what process or combination of processes is suitable for the issue the client brings.
3. While NLP processes generally and gradually produce a light hypnotic trance and are adequate to achieve change by themselves, their positive effects can be magnified if the client is first helped into a somewhat deeper trance through formal hypnosis. Some techniques, such as Changing Personal History and the Decision Destroyer, particularly benefit from a deeper trance.
4. At the end of the process, there is always "future-pacing," whereby the individual sees or senses himself or herself acting competently and effectively with the new resources in otherwise difficult, future scenarios. Finally client and facilitator engage in a discussion that helps integrate the work more powerfully into the client's life.
5. Some of the techniques require auditory, visual, spatial or kinesthetic anchors. An anchor is any trigger that reliably stimulates some form of predictable feeling state or behavior. We all have unconscious anchors for feelings and behaviors, many of which are not or no longer to our advantage. For instance, any of us may instantly feel depressed when hearing a particular song (auditory anchor) associated with a past lover, or when seeing a picture (visual anchor) of that loved one, or when standing in the same place (spatial anchor) where earlier goodbyes were said, or when feeling a touch on the arm (kinesthetic anchor) where that former lover had stroked. Often, NLP techniques will change the meaning of old anchors and/or create new ones to trigger better feelings and favorable behaviors. In order to use kinesthetic anchors, the facilitator, with permission from the client, touches him or her in various places on the fingers, hand, arms, shoulder and, occasionally, the forehead. Such touching for anchoring purposes will be first demonstrated to the client and, if not accepted by the client for any reason, will not be used at all. Anchors, once established, are often tested several times to be sure they work: the state created by them is deliberately and repeatedly broken and reestablished.
6. Whether or not the descriptions of the techniques below explicitly call for an ecological check, such a check is necessary to get the full cooperation of all the parts of the person in order to facilitate a change. This check is accomplished by simply asking if all the parts of the person agree to the change. If a part says no, then a "negotiation" needs to take place to get that part on board before the change process begins. Otherwise, the change will not take place, or, if it does, will be incomplete or short-lived.