Going live

When a client is aware of what they are experiencing ‘in the now’, they get direct, high-quality information for self-modelling as it is happening.

It’s about time

Why it is vital to model the timeframes, structures and evidence of a client’s desires.

Getting to ‘it’

How do experienced symbolic modellers use the information embedded in a client’s first words to guide the direction of a session?

Embodying others’ metaphors

Metaphor is a prime vehicle for the acquisition of knowledge, tacit or otherwise. But how do we ‘acquire’ or ‘take on’ or ‘incorporate’ metaphors that are not our own?

Deconstructing Feedback

This paper raises awareness of both the complexity of the feedback-giving process and the range of information that can be included in feedback.

Applying cross-domain thinking

Domain dependence and it’s inverse, cross-domain thinking, occur in many different guises. We have collected ideas from a range of contexts.


Nine functions of inhibition, how it affects learning and the body, and 12 activities exploring the value and problems of inhibition.

Symbolic Modelling Lite

Introduces the ‘lite’ version of our general method. Published as Chapter 4 of Innovations in NLP.

‘If only God would give us a sign’

The vital role of clients’ meta-comments (verbal or nonverbal expressions refering to what has just been experienced) in Symbolic Modelling. Published in ‘Acuity’.

Huh? – Shifting frames

We examine what happens when someone is asked a question within one frame and their answer appears to come from a different frame.

Clean Space revisited

With the benefit of hindsight and seven years of experience and experimenting, we thought it was time to revisit our first 2003 model.

Embodied Schema

Modelling embodied scema will give you something like ‘second sight’ into the organisation of a person’s psychescape (their interior, subjective world), leading to the more precise use of Clean Language.

Attending to Salience

What we pay attention to in a client session that: (1) guides our line of questioning, and (2) gives the session its sense of directional flow.

Black Swan Logic

Exploring how ideas from The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb relate to working cleanly.

Modelling Conflict

How to think about and model the systemic nature of this kind of relationship

Coaching with Metaphor

Together metaphor and Clean Language are ideal for working with out-of-the-ordinary problems and high-level goals. Published in Cutting Edge Coaching Techniques Handbook

Thinking Networks II

Part 1 of how to think about the emergence of networks,, what they look like, and how they evolve.

Coaching for P.R.O.’s

How to recognise and respond with Clean Language to a client’s Problem, Remedy or a desired Outcome. Published in ‘Coach the Coach’.

The Ethics of Change Work

John Grinder discusses what’s ethical in NLP and what’s not. We add our comments from a ‘clean’ perspective.

Feedback Loops

10 principles to support you to think systemically rather then linearly – an advanced mindset for working cleanly with human self-organising systems.

Thinking Networks I

Part 1 of how to think about networks: their emergence, what they look like, and how they evolve.

BIG FISH in a small pond

Scaling – How people use metaphor to assess the relative size or extent of an experience – how to model it, and what happens when you change the scale of things to come.

Clean Space

The first description of David Grove’s shift to a physical self-organising process. Published in ‘Anchor Point’.

A model of musing

How would you work with a client who says “”I want to stop going into blank”? Published in Anchor Point, 16(5).

Mind, Metaphor and Health

How to recognise and work within a metaphor to activate an individual’s personal healing process. Published in Positive Health.

The Magic of Metaphor

Learning to use your personal metaphors and symbols in order to read and understand your own symbology. Published in the ‘Carolyn Myss Newsletter’.

What is Emergence?

How to think in terms of ’emergence’, a fundamental feature of the dynamics of self-organising systems

Learning Metaphors

A practical approach to understanding students by noting and using their metaphors. First published in the SEAL Journal.

Clean Language Without Words

How to use your voice and body to utilise clients use of space, their body and non-verbal sounds. Published in ‘Rapport’