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A Model of Musing: The Message in a Metaphor
This article describes a model for a way of thinking during those few seconds when you are pondering what the client has just said. It describes a way of modelling-in-the-moment; a way to ensure that what you decide to say is maximally informed by the client's information.
Reflections on the Mirror Model
The 'Mirror-model' was developed in 1998 as a means of introducing a self-reflective, non-interpretative model of conversational change into Organisational Healing's NLP Practitioner and Master Practitioner trainings.

Part 1 of this article is a summary of that development, and has a few thoughts about adapting a rigorous therapeutic modality to the wider world of conversational change.

Part 2 will offer a detailed example of how you can use the frames and the questions with a client.

The 2 parts can be found on separate pages in this article.

A Moment in Metaphor

The only information we have about the client at any given moment is symbolic information. What happens when we respond to that information in the moment using clean language, and what happens when we do not?


Possession and Desire
By Philip Harland | Published 03 01 2001
Psychotherapy & Counselling

A deconstructivist approach to understanding and working with addictions.

This article is in three parts:

Part 1: Violent Pleasures
Part 2: Limit of Desires
Part 3: The Physician's Provider

Resolving Problem Patterns
Psychotherapy has a history of imposing external patterns (the therapist's) on internal experience (the client's). But working with clean language and autogenic (self-generated) metaphor, complex patterns can be codified into relatively simple configurations which can be explored by the client with minimal interference by the therapist and then more effectively transformed. My purpose in this paper (split into two parts) is to help you identify patterns and to consider ways of facilitating clients to discern, decode and resolve them through clean language and autogenic metaphor. 
The Mirror Model
'CONVERSATIONAL CHANGE' is a seminar subject dear to the heart of many who wish to affect or direct others. What do we mean by 'conversational'? What kind of 'change'? Is it possible for anyone to use the same kind of transformational language as a therapist or counsellor and get away with it? Which of these questions are open and which are not?
Supermodel: A contextual metaphor for NLP language models
A model that finds a place for three NLP language models - Meta, Milton and Sleight-of-Mouth - in the context of an NLP-derived fourth model - Metaphor - which I happen to believe is the most fundamental and far-reaching of all.
Symbolic Modelling and the Emergence of Background Knowledge
This article addresses the distinction between the two ways of 'Second Positioning': (a) going to Second Position with the person being modelled and what they are doing; and (b) going to Second Position with the information and the way the information is input, processed and output by the person being modelled. The first approach is typical of sensory modelling while the second approach is the preferred mode of Symbolic Modelling.
Problem Domains And Non-Traumatic Resolution Through Metaphor Therapy
The quadrants provide a sense of the holographic nature of problem domains and provide a context for understanding how the mechanisms function in a matrix of space and time. The objective of this therapy is to find a solution to a particular problem domain by tracing the undesirable symptom back through time to its originator. A powerful 'redemptive metaphor' can then be discovered prior to the origination that can be utilized to heal the etiology and its entire evolution into the client's life.
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'.


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