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Books & DVDs based on the work of David Grove

(in order of publication date)
Lists of:
  • Books
  • DVDs
  • Online courses
  • Short books
  • Other books taht make use of Grove's work

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 [Available as a free pdf download].

Des métaphores dans la tête: Transformation par la Modélisation Symbolique et le Clean Language (2006 / 2015 / 2018). InterEditions-Dunod [Paperback, third 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].
Translated into French:
Des solutions dans la tête: À la découverte de la Puissance Six (2017) InterEditions-Dunod [Paperback & eBook].

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 (2016)
Manuel de clean coaching: Comment accompagner le client avec la puissance de la métaphore personnelle. InterEditions [Broché & Kindle].
Julie McCracken (2016)
Clean Language in the Classroom. Crown House Publishing [Paperback & Kindle].

Angela Dunbar (2016)

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

Nick Pole (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 (2017)
The Listening Space: A New Path to Personal Discovery. Listening Space [Paperback].
James Lawley and Marian Way (2017).
Insights in Space: How to use Clean Space to solve problems, generate ideas and spark creativity. Clean Publishing [Paperback]
Carol Wilson (2017).
The Work and Life of David Grove: Clean Language and Emergent Knowledge. Troubador [Paperback & ebook].
Gina Campbell (2018).
Hope in a Corner of My Heart: A Healing Journey Through the Dream-Logical World of Inner Metaphors BalboaPress [Paperback & Kindle].
Matthew Hudson (2020).
The Eternal Moment of Now: Inner peace through Emergent Knowldge Processing. Emergent Knowledge Publishing [Paperback]


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

Walker, Caitlin (2006) single DVD  - OUT OF PRINT

Learning Journeys. [Liverpool John Moores University] 

Walker, Caitlin (2007) two DVD set - OUT OF PRINT

An Introduction to Clean Language and Systemic Modelling

Sullivan, Wendy (2010)

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

Online Courses

Open University (1999)
Imagery and Metaphor, part of a Business and Management postgraduate course: Creativity, Innovation and Change produced by John Martin. The course includes three videos related to David Grove's work featuring Caitlin Walker: Engaging the Imagination; Group Metaphor Development; and Clean Language:

Penny Tompkins and James Lawley
Online Introduction to Clean Language & Symbolic Modelling (7 lessons comprising 12 videos including 8 demonstrations of which 4 are complete coaching sessions, 6 quizzes and a 37-page workbook.

Short Books

Davies Linn, Cei (2008 and various editions since).
The inherent logic of epistemological metaphors. Northants
Judy Rees
Seven Practical Ways to use Clean Language at Work (pdf 2010)

The Persuasion Paradox and the 3 Dimensions of Conversational Control (pdf 2012)

Your Clean Language Questions Answered (pdf 2016)
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]
Matthew Hudson (2010)
Journeys with Emergent Knowledge - A Facilitators Handbook. [Download pdf]
Updated version available as a Wiki
Previously version, The Evolving Therapies of David Grove - Journeys with Emergent Knowledge (2008).

Angela Watson (2010)
The Clean Approach To Leadership – Clean Questions At Work [Download pdf]
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 (2015)
The End Of Therapy: Why Talk Therapy Is In Decline... And What You Can Do About It Clean Language Institute [Paperback & 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]

Other books that make use of 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]

Arnold, Jackie (2014) Coaching Supervision at its BEST, Crown House [Clean approches are a major part of the book]

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

Burrows, Mike (2021). Agendashift: Outcome-oriented change and continuous transformation (2nd Edition). New Generation Publishing. [multiple references]

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) Symbolic Modelling: Emergent Change though Metaphor and Clean Language. Chapter 4 in Hall, L.M. and Charvet, S.R. (Editors). Innovations in NLP: Innovations for Challenging Times, Crown House.

Lawley, James & Tompkins, Penny (2011)  The Clean Community, Chapter 19 in Hall, L.M. and Charvet, S.R. (Editors). Innovations in NLP: Innovations for Challenging Times, Crown House.

Lawley, James & Tompkins, Penny (2016). PREMIERS PAS VERS LA MODÉLISATION MÉTAPHORIQUE ET LE CLEAN LANGUAGE.  Chapter 15 in Faire réussir les acteurs clés de l'entreprise avec les interventions brèves. Gregory Le Roy (Editor). pp. 277-302. InterEditions ISBN-13: 978-2729614881   

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].

Wendy Nieuwland-Hill & Maaike Nooitgedagt (2018). Change 3.0: Seven essential principles for organisational change from within. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform [Paperback & Kindle].

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

Pieśkiewicz, B. and M. Kołodkiewicz (2011). “Metafora w coachingu: zastosowanie metody Clean Coaching w pracy z organizacjami” [Metaphor in coaching: Application of Clean Coaching method in working with organisations]. In: Czarkowska, L. (ed.), Coaching jako katalizator rozwoju organizacji [Coaching as a catalyst in orgnizational growth]. Warszawa: New Dawn.

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]

Švec, V., Nehyba, J. & Svojanovský, Editors, (2017). Becoming a teacher: The dance between tacit and explicit knowledge. Brno: Masaryk University. 
[Chapters 2, 3 & 4 feature Clean Language Interviewing. Download free from: (click "English")]

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

Thomson, Bob (2009) Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There: An introduction to non-directive coaching, Chandos Publishing. [Chapter 10]

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. Second edition (2014) published as Performance Coaching: A Complete Guide to Best Practice Coaching and Training.
[Pages 23, 27, 111-115, 140 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

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