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About the NLP Center of New York

Established in 1986, NLP Center of New York was among the very first NLP Centers in the world. We meet the guidelines of The International Association of NLP (IANLP). (Compare the actual number of LIVE days/hours to other training organizations).


This is not a training where you watch previously recorded videos. It is all live with Rachel and Steven, who have worked together teaching NLP since 1986. Our bios reflect our areas of expertise. There are many NLP Trainers with no advanced college degrees, no background in psychology or education.


Rachel and Steven have backgrounds in education, mental health (Steven an MA and Rachel a PhD) which is rare for NLP Trainers.


Steven and Rachel are a married couple, parents and business partners. 

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Our Mission

The mission of The NLP Center of New York™ ® is to identify limiting patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving in ourselves and others and to generate more effective and more satisfying alternatives. While maintaining the highest training standards, we seek to provide participants with tools to heal their past, shape their future, and live in the moment. As trainers, it is essential that we “walk our talk,” modeling the balancing of heart, mind, and spirit that has become an integral part of our work. We will support our students in achieving whatever level of competence they desire to attain, from learning a few basic NLP skills to developing expertise.


Rachel B. Hott. PH.D.

Dr. Rachel B. Hott, who holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology is a certified master practitioner and trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and co-director and co-founder of The NLP Center of New York. She is a NYS licensed clinical psychologist and holds a master degree in Dance/Movement Therapy.


She is also a hypnotherapist certified by the National Board of Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists (NBCCH).  Rachel has been a course leader for American Management Association and a private consultant for executives. She has been trained by Jack Canfield to facilitate self-esteem trainings. Her specialization areas include: Performance anxiety, Sexuality, Life Transitions, Addictions and Healthy Lifestyles including weight control, sleep and exercise.

In addition to NLP, she includes Thought Field Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Self-Relations in her therapeutic repertoire. Rachel is also authorized and endorsed by NLP Comprehensive to conduct Core Transformation© workshops. Rachel has written numerous articles for Anchor Point magazine. Rachel is sought after as a presenter on NLP and Communication. Some of her recent clients have been the International Coach Federation (ICF), RogenSI, Uventures and Equinox.

Steven A. Leeds, M.A.

Steven Leeds, M.A.. LMHC, NYS licensed mental health counselor, who holds masters degrees in both Counseling Psychology and Secondary Education is a certified Master Practitioner and Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Steven, who is co-director and co-founder of The NLP Center of New York began studying NLP and Ericksonian Hypnosis in 1981 with John Grinder, Richard Bandler, Robert Dilts, Leslie Cameron Bandler and Virginia Satir.


He has also studied extensively with Stephen Gilligan and Jack Canfield. For over 25 years, Steven has designed and conducted NLP and Ericksonian Hypnosis training in the United States, Europe, Asia and South America. He conducted the first Swiss NLP Certification Training in Zurich, Switzerland.


Steven has been teaching NLP Practitioner, Master Practitioner, Post Master Practitioner and Trainer Training as well as the Ericksonian Hypnosis Certification Training since 1986. Steven is also authorized and endorsed by NLP Comprehensive to conduct Core Transformation© seminars. Steven is a founding member of the International Association of NLP and is certified by the National Board of Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists (NBCCH).

Steven and Rachel are authors of the new NLP book, NLP: A Changing Perspective

Photos of Steven and Rachel by Jerry Herman

Studying with Steven and Rachel


Robert Schwartz, M.A.

Robert earned a masters in Architecture from UC Berkeley and a Bachelors in Jazz improvisation from New York University.


Vesela Pehlivanova

Vesela is a certified Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher at MNDLF New York and she has completed Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program at Weill Cornell Medicine. 


Josh Davis, PhD

Josh is the author of the international best-seller, Two Awesome Hours.  He is Chief Scientist and Senior Faculty at the Mentora Institute.  

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Trudy Raschkind Steinfeld

Trudy is a certified trainer of NLP and Ericksonian Hypnosis, is a consultant, facilitator, and coach.

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