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Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
Richard (Dick) McHugh SJ. Ph. D.

For anyone who asks me, who Dick McHugh was to me, here’s what I would say in few words. ”He was my mentor, my guide, my inspiration, my guru, my ode”. 

He led me to explore my own dark side, to know what my answers are, and to accept myself the way  Iam.

I learned to listen without judgment.

To his Lotus feet I bow, always - for the teaching and the deep blue eyes, in which we all, found our answers. His voice still plays in my head and his wrinkles continue to lead me through his most innovative story telling abilities. 

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What is NLP?

Neuro- Linguistic Programming or NLP is a name that encompasses the three most influential components involved in producing human experience: Neurology, Language and Programming. It describes the fundamental dynamic between mind (neuro) and language (linguistic) and how their interplay affects our body and behaviour (programming).

Neuro: Referring to the mind or brain, particularly regarding how states of mind (and body) affect communication and behaviour. NLP teaches a structural way of viewing mind and body states, developing mental maps that show how things happen and how to change course.


Linguistic: Meaning that our mind and body states are revealed in our language and non-verbal communication. Language is the tool we use to gain access to the inner workings of the mind. Neuro-linguistic programming language patterns teach us how to access unconscious information that would remain vague and unknowable otherwise.

Programming: This refers to the capacity to change our mind and body states. You’ve heard the term living on autopilot, right? To someone trained in NLP, this would mean that you are living according to your programming, which consists of habitual thoughts, feelings, reactions, beliefs, and traditions. Someone trained in Neuro-linguistic programming knows how such programs are structured in the mind and how to access them through conversation (language) so that outdated programs and autopilot behaviours can be changed.

NLP is a multi- dimensional process that involves the development of behavioural competence and flexibility, but also involves strategic thinking and an understanding of the mental and cognitive processes behind behaviour. NLP provides tools and skills for the development of states of individual excellence, but it also establishes a system of empowering beliefs and presuppositions about what human beings are; what communication is and what the process of change is all about. At another level, NLP is about self-discovery, exploring identity and mission. It also provides a framework for understanding and relating to the ‘spiritual’ part of human experience that reaches beyond us as individuals to our family community and global systems. NLP is not only about competence and excellence; it is about wisdom and vision.

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What is Gestalt?

Gestalt, refers to the form or shape of something and suggests that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. There is an emphasis on perception in this particular theory of counselling. Gestalt therapy gives attention to how we place meaning and make sense of our world and our experiences.


Gestalt therapy is a client-centred approach to psychotherapy that helps clients focus on the present and understand what is really happening in their lives right now, rather than what they may perceive to be happening based on past experience.

It is a highly positive and practical integrative therapeutic approach. Broadly, Gestalt practitioners help people to focus on their immediate thoughts, feelings and behaviour and to better understand the way they relate to others. This increased awareness can help people to find a new perspective, see the bigger picture and start to effect changes.

Anil Thomas

Anil is an eminent facilitator in the field of human development. He is internationally certified NLP Master Practitioner and Gestalt Therapist. He owes his therapeutic skills to Dr. Richard (Dick) McHugh SJ PhD. - his guru and mentor.

He was introduced to NLP in 2007 when he first met Fr. Dick at the NLP batch he conducted at The Retreat House, Mumbai. He went on to then complete all other courses taught by Fr. Dick - Advance, Gestalt, Tools of the Spirit and Health. 

Everything Anil does today in the NLP classroom is imbibed from Dick. Anil’s key to success is the ability to believe in the miracle of life and to be fully present in the “Here and Now”.

Anil is among the first in India to be sharing the skills, tools and techniques of the original code NLP and Gestalt Therapy; at par with the international standards of the founding members. He is recognized for bringing success in various fields of life using the wisdom gained from his extensive experience as an academician, key note speaker, therapist, coach and facilitator.

Richard Dick McHugh

Fr. Dick has played a very important role in shaping the life of Anil. He has always been an Inspiration to Anil, and his work and dedication towards NLP made Anil fall in love with this subject. Fr. Dick was Anil’s Mentor, his guru, his inspiration, his guide.

Dick Was introduced to the subject in 1980. He gained a deeper understanding of his own psychology, physical environment and most important religion through NLP. NLP gave him clarity, it came as calm, mentally equipping him to deal with things in a healthy manner. His inspiration came from Buddhism, Judaism and Sufi tradition, integrating these beliefs and learning made him feel at ease.

Fr. Dick was the only Gestaltian alive. Gestalt thought him that the resources necessary to find the answers are within one’s self.

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