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Penny Tompkins & James Lawley

Penny and James are supervising neurolinguistic psychotherapists – registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy since 1993 – coaches in business, certified NLP trainers, and founders of The Developing Company.

They have provided consultancy to organisations as diverse as GlaxoSmithKline, Yale University Child Study Center, NASA Goddard Space Center and the Findhorn Spiritual Community in Northern Scotland.

Their book,
Metaphors in Mind
was the first comprehensive guide to Symbolic Modelling using the Clean Language of David Grove. An annotated training DVD, A Strange and Strong Sensation demonstrates their work in a live session. They have published over 200 articles and blogs freely available on their website:
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Going Live
Although there is only 'now', we get seduced by the idea/metaphor that there are other times. We talk about the past and future as if they exist rather than being figments of our momentary imagination. As clean facilitators we retain the knowledge that whatever the client is saying or doing, neurologically and physiologically it's happening now. We also assume that the client’s behaviour is always embodying their current model of the world but they are often unaware of it. When we 'go live' we are inviting the client to attend to that model, metaphor or behaviour, in-the-moment, as it happens. In this way the client becomes aware of, and stays close to what is happening for them 'right here, right now'.
Learning from Transcripts
The two main ways we use transcripts as a professional development tool are:  Supervisory feedback to coaches and therapist; and Modelling experienced facilitators. We show you how we do this with an annotated example of each kind of transcript.

Cleaning up Parent-Child Conversations
Video of presentation to Coaching in Education Online Conference 23 Nov 2016. Translated into Russian by Svetlana Shapovaliant. Чистый язык и символическое моделирование
How do parents stay in coaching mode? The Problem-Remedy-Outcome (PRO) model is based on David Grove’s Clean Language. It is a simple yet highly effective way for parents to keep their stuff out of a conversation and to facilitate their children to express what they want.
Appreciating Aesthetics: The effect of beauty
Two events resulted in realisations for Penny Tompkins. Penny’s musings and artistic explorations prompted several discussions which we recognised could be explored and enriched by creating a Developing Group day in honour of beauty and aesthetics.
Interview-Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling in Psychotherapy
Interview with Penny Tompkins and James Lawley conducted in Moscow, September 2016 about their use of Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling in psychotherapy.
It’s about time: Modelling frames of desire
Desired outcomes, aims, goals, intentions, objectives, plans, purposes and targets all describe a preferred future. When in the future and what kind of outcome makes a difference to how we facilitate clients to realise their desires. Whether a person wants to take a decision in the here and now, or to enjoy the rest of their life, involves different timeframes and structurally different outcomes. This paper examines modelling the timeframes, structures and evidence of client’s desires.
Foreword to Clean Approaches for Coaches
By Penny Tompkins & James Lawley | Published 11 02 2016
Books Videos etc
Penny Tompkins and James Lawley's Foreword to Clean Approaches for Coaches: How to create the conditions for change using Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling by Marian Way (2013).
Saying No to Self - Modelling the Structure of Self-restraint
Have you experienced the desire or attraction to do something illegal, immoral or unhealthy – and not acted on that desire? If so, how did you do that? We aim to find out.
Getting to it
L'esprit, la métaphore et la santé
By Penny Tompkins & James Lawley | Published 28 01 2015

Cet article explique pourquoi la métaphore est une façon naturelle de décrire la maladie et la santé, l’importance de reconnaître les métaphores des patients/clients, et comment le fait de travailler à l’intérieur de ces métaphores peut activer le processus de guérison personnel d’un individu. Traduction de Caroline Carrat

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