Article Categories
[ Show ] All [ Hide ]
Clean Language
Article Selections
[ Show ] All [ Hide ]

Books & DVDs based on the work of David Grove

(in order of publication date)
Lists of:
  • Books
  • DVDs 
  • Short books
  • Books in part

Also see a listing of academic and professional articles based on David Grove's work.

As well as the lists below I have started a Google Bookshelf of books which are substantially based on a clean approach.


David J. Grove & Basil I. Panzer (1989 with 2 audio cassettes, and 1991 without)

Resolving Traumatic Memories: Metaphors and Symbols in Psychotherapy. Irvington, New York [Hardback].

Translated into German as:
Grove, David J. & B. I. Panzer (1992) Trauma Heilen: Metaphern und Symbole in der Psychotherapie Freiburg, Germany: Verlag für Angewandte Kinesiologie.

James Lawley & Penny Tompkins (2000)

Metaphors in Mind: Transformation through Symbolic Modelling. Developing Company Press [Paperback, iBook & Kindle].

Translated into Italian and French as:
Mente e Metafore: Modellamento Simbolico e Trasformazione (2003). Infomedia [Paperback - out of print. To be republished as an eBook].

Des métaphores dans la tête: Transformation par la Modélisation Symbolique et le Clean Language (2006 / 2015). InterEditions-Dunod [Paperback, second edition].

Wendy Sullivan & Judy Rees (2008)

Clean Language: Revealing Metaphors and Opening Minds, Crown House Publishing [Paperback & Kindle].
Translated into Japanese and Russian.

Philip Harland (2009) 

The Power of Six: A Six Part Guide to Self Knowledge. Wayfinder Press [Paperback & Kindle].

Philip Harland (2012)

Trust Me, I’m the Patient: Clean Language, Metaphor, and the New Psychology of Change. Wayfinder Press. [Paperback & Kindle].

Lynne Cooper & Mariette Castellino (2012)

The Five-Minute Coach: Coaching Others to High Performance - In as Little as Five Minutes. Crown House Publishing [Paperback & Kindle].

Gina Campbell (2012)

Mining Your Client's Metaphors: A How-To Workbook on Clean Language and Symbolic Modeling, Basics Part One: Facilitating Clarity. BalboaPress [Paperback & Kindle].

Marian Way (2013)
Clean Approaches for Coaches: How to Create the Conditions for Change Using Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling. Clean Publishing [Paperback].
Gina Campbell (2013)
Mining Your Client's Metaphors: A How-To Workbook on Clean Language and Symbolic Modeling, Basics Part Two: Facilitating Change. BalboaPress [Paperback].
Caitlin Walker (2014)
From Contempt To Curiosity: Creating the Conditions for Groups to Collaborate using Clean Language and Systemic Modelling. Clean Publishing [Paperback & Kindle]
Gina Campbell (2015)
Panning for Your Client's Gold: 12 Lean Clean Language Processes. BalboaPress [Paperback].
Bogena Pieskiewicz (February 2016)
Manuel de clean coaching: Comment accompagner le client avec la puissance de la métaphore personnelle. InterEditions [Broché & Kindle].
Julie McCracken (May 2016)
Clean Language in the Classroom. Crown House Publishing [Paperback & Kindle].

Angela Dunbar (September 2016)

Clean Coaching: The insider guide to making change happen. Routledge [Hardback, Paperback & Kindle].

Nick Pole (February 2017)
Words that Touch: How to ask questions your body can answer - 12 Essential 'Clean Questions' for Mind/Body Therapists. Singing Dragon [Paperback & Kindle]
Tamsin Hartley (April 2017)
The Listening Space: A New Path to Personal Discovery. Listening Space [Paperback].
Carol Wilson (June 2017)
The Work and Life of David Grove: Clean Language and Emergent Knowledge. Matador [Paperback].
James Lawley and Marian Way (July 2017)
Insights in Space: How to use Clean Space to solve problems, generate ideas and spark creativity. Clean Publishing [Paperback]
Wendy Sullivan, Margaret Meyer & Paul Tosey (forthcoming)
Clean Language in Business: Practical Applications of Metaphor for Managers, Coaches and Trainers. Crown House Publishing


Penny Tompkins & James Lawley (2003) single DVD
A Strange And Strong Sensation – Symbolic Modelling: Change With Metaphor

Walker, Caitlin (2007) two DVD set

An Introduction to Clean Language and Systemic Modelling

Sullivan, Wendy (2010)

Shaun Hotchkiss & Chris Grimsley (2014) single DVD
An Introduction to Clean Space

Short Books

Judy Reese
Clean Language at Work (2010)

The Persuasion Paradox and the 3 Dimensions of Conversational Control (2012)
Philip Harland (2012)
Possession and Desire: A guide to working with addiction, compulsion and dependency. [Paperback & Kindle]

How the Brain Feels: Working with emotion and cognition. [Paperback & Kindle]

Resolving Problem Patterns with Clean Language and Autogenic Metaphor. [Paperback & Kindle]
Angela Watson (2010)
The Clean Approach To Leadership – Clean Questions At Work
Download free here [opens in new window]

Maria Caterina Capurro (2014)
Il Clean Coaching: Come Sfruttare il Pensiero Metaforico per Facilitare il Cliente a Trovare Risposte e Soluzioni in Modo del Tutto Naturale. Bruno Editore [Kindle]
Sharon Small & Andrea Chiou (Eds. 2015)
Who is using Clean Language Anyway?: A compilation of interviews of people around the world using Clean Language in their work. [Kindle]

Books in part using David Grove's work

As well as the list below I have started a Google Library of Books that describe or apply Clean Language.

Andreas, Steve (2006) Six Blind Elephants, Volume I, Real People Press [pp. 130-135]

Battino, Rubin & South, Thomas (2005) Ericksonian Approaches: A Comprehensive Manual, Crown House [p. 309]

Camarota, Anton G. (2004) Finding the Leader in You: A Practical Guide to Expanding Your Leadership Skills, ASQ Quality Press, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, [p. 51]

Cooper, Lynne (2008) Business NLP for Dummies, John Wiley & Sons [pp. 26, 230-236, 258, 246-249]

Cox, Elaine (2012) Coaching Understood: A Pragmatic Inquiry into the Coaching Process, SAGE Publications [pp. 24, 61-66, 70-72]

de Gandt, Jennifer (2008) "La pensée métaphorique dans le coaching professionel: clean language, clean space et Modélisation Symbolique" a chapter in Le Grand livre du Coaching, T. Chavel, A. Filleron & F. Bournois, (Eds), Eyrolles, Editions d'organisations.

Derks, Lucas (2005) Social Panoramas: Changing the unconscious landscape with NLP and psychotherapy, Crown House, Carmarthen, Wales [p. 56, 84]

Dunbar, Angela (2010) Essential Life Coaching Skills, Routledge, [pp. 38-41, 50-53, 106-113, 124-5, 150]

Dunbar, Angela (2010) 'Noticing and paying attention to people's metaphors' Chapter 79 in 101 Coaching Strategies and Techniques, edited by Glafeana McMahon & Anne Archer, Routledge [pp. 232-235]

Geary, James (2011) I Is An Other: The Secret of Metaphor and How It Shapes the Way We See the World, HarperCollins  [pp. 207-221]. See an extract at The Secret Life of Metaphor.

Gendlin, Eugene (1998) Focusing-oriented Psychotherapy: A Manual of the Experiential Method, Guilford Press [pp. 225 & 280-282]

Grimley, Bruce (2013) Theory and Practice of NLP Coaching: A Psychological Approach, Sage. [pp. 154-156 and pp. 162-167]
Harris, Carol (1998) The Elements of NLP, Element, Shaftesbury, Dorset [p. 39]

Harris, Carol (2001/2005) Consult Yourself: The NLP Guide to Being a Management Consultant, Crown House.

Hill, Peter (2004) Concepts for Coaching, Institute for Leadership & Management. [Has a chapter on Symbolic Modelling]

Knight, Sue (2009) NLP at Work (3rd edition), Nicholas Brealey, London [Chapter 6 is on Clean Questions].

Lawley, James & Tompkins, Penny (2011) Chapter 4: Symbolic Modelling: Emergent Change though Metaphor and Clean Language; and Chapter 19: The Clean Community, in Hall, L.M. and Charvet, S.R. (Editors). Innovations in NLP: Innovations for Challenging Times, Crown House.

Linder-Pelz, Susie (2010) NLP Coaching: An evidence based approach for coaches, leaders and individuals, Kogan Page Ltd. [Chapter 10 features Symbolic Modelling and Clean Language.]

McLeod, Angus, I. (2003) Performance Coaching: The Handbook for Mangers, H.R. Professionals and Coaches, Crown House, Carmarthen, Wales [pp. 64, 182-185]

McNerney, Terri (2010) 'The Optimistic Consultant' in Organisational Consulting: @ the Edges of Possibility Eds. Kathleen King and John Higgins, Libri & Ashridge Consulting.

Murdoch, Edna & Arnold, Jackie (Editors, 2013) Full Spectrum Supervision: Who You Are Is How You Supervise, Panoma Press. [Lots of references to the use of Clean Language].

Parry-Mitchell, Chris (2012, Editor) The Behaviour Management Toolkit: Avoiding Exclusion at School. Sage. [Chapter 5, Keeping it Real]

Pinker, Steven (2007) The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature, Allen Lane Penguin Group [p. 245]

Pincus, David & Anees A. Sheikh (2009) Imagery for Pain Relief: A Scientifically Grounded Guidebook for Clinicians, Routledge [pp. 206-224]

Ready, Romilla & Burton, Kate (2010) Neuro-linguistic Programming for Dummies, [pp. 2nd edition, 280-282, 301]

Rowan, John (1983/1998) The Reality Game: A Handbook to Humanistic Counselling and Psychotherapy [2nd edition pp. 98-99, 102-106]

Sullivan, Wendy (2005) 'And what would you like to have happen?' in Good Question!: The Art of Asking Questions to Bring About Positive Change, Judy Barber (Ed.) Lean Marketing Press [pp. 131-140]

Thomas, Will & McLeod, Angus (2010) Performance Coaching Toolkit, Open University Press [pp. 34-35]

Thomson, Bob (2014) First Steps in Coaching, Sage. [Chapters 6 and 10]

Turner, Jane & Hévin, Bernard (2005) Le nouveau Dico-PNL, InterEditions, Paris [2nd edition, pp. 92-93 & 114]

Wake, Lisa (2008) Neurolinguistic Psychotherapy: A Postmodern Perspective, Routledge [pp. 4, 5, 8, 11, 53, 100, 113-114, 129]

Wilson, Carol (2007) Best Practice in Performance Coaching: A Handbook for Leaders, Coaches, HR Professionals and Organizations, Kogan Page Ltd. [pp. 23, 27, 111-115, 140]. Second edition (2014) published as Performance Coaching: A Complete Guide to Best Practice Coaching and Training. [Describes Clean Coaching including Clean Language, Clean Space, and Emergent Knowledge.]

Yero, Judy Lloyd (2nd Edition, 2010)  Teaching in Mind: The Unexamined World of Teacher Thought, , MindFlight Publishing, Hamilton, MT

Clean Events

James Lawley
Penny Tompkins
Sharon Small
5-18 Jan 2018

Intro to CL and SyM
Enhancing & Integrating SyM Skills
Self-Modelling Retreat
Clean Interviewing
view all featured events