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METAPHORS IN MIND: Transformation through Symbolic Modelling

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James Lawley and Penny Tompkins' book, the first ever on Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling


317 pages, 103,000 words, Developing Company Press 2000


Written during Lawley and Tompkins’ ground-breaking work modelling therapist David Grove in the late 1990s.

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,” “I’ve got a knot in my stomach,” or “I’m looking for the right path to take”?


Metaphors in Mind describes how to give individuals the opportunity to discover how their symbolic perceptions are organized, what needs to happen for these to change, and how they can transform as a result. ‘Symbolic Modelling’ is an emergent, systemic, and iterative way of facilitating the therapeutic process.

“This book should be read by everyone who has an interest in expanding their awareness of why they say the things they do, and discovering how the ‘contents’ of their lives are sources of empowerment.”                                           
Caroline Myss, author of the best selling Why People Don’t Heal

“Presents a broad integration of deep perspectives about helping people learn how to facilitate their own creativity in solving their own problems in their own way.”                                                                 
Ernest Rossi, author of The Psychobiology of Mind-Body Healing

“Be prepared for this book to launch you on a personal journey of change and development.
The parade of thought provoking concepts, stories and challenges contained within will provide
a reliable travelling companion to accompany you along the way.”     
David Grove, author of Resolving Traumatic Memories







James and Penny are co-developers of Symbolic Modelling and leading authorities on the use of client-generated metaphor for personal development. They are practising psychotherapists and together train and supervise therapists, counsellors, coaches, managers, and teachers internationally. Visit


How to buy


Anglo-American books in UK


Crown House USA

Dunod for French translation

More details, reviews, David Grove’s foreword and Lawley and Tompkins’ Introduction are available at


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