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Introductory SyM
Introductory level articles about James Lawley and Penny Tompkins' process: Symbolic Modelling.

Symbolic Modelling Emergent Change though Metaphor and Clean Language

Published as Chapter 4 of Innovations in NLP: Innovations for Challenging Times (Eds. L.Michael Hall & Shelle Rose Charvet, Crown House Publishing, November 2011). 

Tangled Spaghetti in My Head: Making use of metaphor
Many therapists and counsellors work intuitively with their clients' metaphors -- without knowing there is a language model and a process for doing so. Clean Language is the basis of the appoach and it can be encorporated into most therapeutic modalities.
Metaphors In Mind: A Case Study

What do you do as a therapist, teacher, doctor or manager when your client, student, patient or colleague says "It's like I'm hitting my head against a brick wall" or "I'm so wound up I can't see straight" or "Things keep getting on top of me"? This article describes a way for individuals to discover how their metaphors are organized and, if they wish, what needs to happen for them to change so that they have a different perception of the world.

Metaphor the body and healing

British therapists James Lawley and Penny Tompkins, specialists in the Clean Language approach to client-therapist dialogue, present a fascinating look at ‘Metaphor, the Body, and Healing’.

Symbolic Modelling: an overview
Certain aspects of our subjective experience seem best suited to metaphoric and symbolic expression. To bring this type of experience to consciousness requires a method which is compatible with the nature of metaphor. This article was written as a step towards establishing such a methodology: Symbolic Modelling
Meta, Milton, Metaphor: Models of Subjective Experience

In the beginning was the Meta Model. Richard Bandler and John Grinder's brilliant linguistic methodology for exploring and influencing a client's model of the world — in the direction of sensory experience. Then came the Milton Model. The linguistic art of utilising non-specific and conceptual experience for therapeutic ends. The marriage of these two models produced an offspring: Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP).  But what if there was another type of experience metaphoric and symbolic — never coded by Bandler and Grinder?

Developing a Desired Outcome Coping with Unsafety
By James Lawley & Penny Tompkins | Published 21 04 2022
Introductory SyM
A transcript from a workshop with a group Ukrainian psychologists and psychotherapists who want to use Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling to support themselves and their clients. The aim of the session was to demonstrate how to use the Problem-Remedy-Outcome (PRO) model to facilitate a client to identify and develop a rich embodied experience of a desired Outcome.

Starting to Feel the Movement of Life
The transcript comes from our third workshop with a group Ukrainian psychologists and psychotherapists who want to use Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling to support themselves and their clients. The aim of the session was simply to demonstrate Symbolic Modelling ‘live’.
Developing a Resource Metaphor: Journey with whales
A transcript of facilitating a client who is living through traumatic circumstances to develop a resource metaphor using Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling.
A Clean Framework for Change
By Penny Tompkins & James Lawley | Published 01 01 2012
Introductory SyM
An extensive description of an introductory model for learning how to facilitate Symbolic Modelling in coaching or therapy. This is the last version we developed in 2010 before creating a simplify model, Symbolic Modelling Lite.


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