I was trained as a psychotherapist, in both social work and psychology when I was in
school. In 1977 I discovered the newly emerging field of Neuro-Linguistic Programming
(NLP). Later I became one of the early Certified Trainers by the Society of NLP. Early on
I carved out specialties in the areas of education, training, and writing, in addition to
psychotherapy applications, using the latest technology from this rapidly advancing field.
I’ve worked as a researcher, trainer, and consultant to professionals, hospitals, schools,
clinics, businesses, government agencies and professional athletes.
I’ve written five books and co-authored another, as well as many papers & articles on
NLP. I’m generally considered to be an expert in the application of NLP to education and
training, psychotherapy and communication skills. I’ve been training professionals in a
variety of fields for over 35 years.
I hold a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The Professional School of Psychological
Studies, as well as a Masters in Social Work from Tulane University, where I also did
my undergraduate work in psychology.
I work all over the world. Most extensively, in addition to the US and Canada, I’ve
worked in the UK, Singapore and Malaysia. In Singapore I’ve been conducting a wide
variety of training, design and consulting services for over twenty years. These include
in-house NLP training programs for major international corporations like Singapore
Airlines, Western Digital, Applied Materials, SAP, Singapore Technologies and
Yokogawa Electric in addition to government agencies like the National Computer
Board, Housing Development Board, Trade Development Board, Service Quality Centre,
Land Transport Authority and the Ministry of Health. I’ve also worked with many local
schools in Singapore, Polytechnics and Universities, banks, hospitals and social service
Here in the US I’ve worked with many small businesses and organizations, as well as
large ones including Jackson National Life Insurance, DuPont Pharmaceuticals, Habitat
for Humanity, Shell, ConocoPhillips, Case New Holland and Intel. I also worked with
partners for Maersk Sealand in eight countries. I also served on several local boards of
directors, in New Orleans, including the American Society of Training & Development
(ASTD). I also served as the 1995-1996 Director of the Neuro-Linguistics Forum of
I work with partner NLP Institutes, and other training and consulting firms, as a training
consultant including Integrative Learning in Singapore, HRI International in Shanghai,
Mind Masters in Bucharest, NLP University in Santa Cruz, California and others.
I live just outside New Orleans with my wife Cindi Lanza Jacobson.