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Penny Tompkins & James Lawley

Penny and James are supervising neurolinguistic psychotherapists – first registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy in 1993 – coaches in business, certified NLP trainers, and founders of The Developing Company.

They have provided consultancy to organisations as diverse as GlaxoSmithKline, Yale University Child Study Center, NASA Goddard Space Center and the Findhorn Spiritual Community in Northern Scotland.

Their book,
Metaphors in Mind
was the first comprehensive guide to Symbolic Modelling using the Clean Language of David Grove. An annotated training DVD, A Strange and Strong Sensation demonstrates their work in a live session. James has also written (with Marian Way) the first book dedicated to Clean Space: Insights in Space. Between them Penny and James have published over 200 articles and blogs freely available on their website:
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Saying No to Self - Modelling the Structure of Self-restraint
Have you experienced the desire or attraction to do something illegal, immoral or unhealthy – and not acted on that desire? If so, how did you do that? We aim to find out.
Getting to it
L'esprit, la métaphore et la santé
By Penny Tompkins & James Lawley | Published 28 01 2015

Cet article explique pourquoi la métaphore est une façon naturelle de décrire la maladie et la santé, l’importance de reconnaître les métaphores des patients/clients, et comment le fait de travailler à l’intérieur de ces métaphores peut activer le processus de guérison personnel d’un individu. Traduction de Caroline Carrat

Polishing the Mirror of Reflective Practice
Reflective Practice clearly involves 'reflection' and its application to 'practice'. However other elements are sometimes undervalued. How do you know your reflection is having a beneficial effect on your practice? How can you improve the way you enact your reflective practice? To find out we need to apply reflective practice to itself.

Cest comme une ouverture : Clean Language facilite par Tompkins et Lawley
By Penny Tompkins & James Lawley | Published 10 05 2014
Cette transcription relate la suite d’un travail entamé la veille. La cliente se présente donc avec le dessin du paysage métaphorique de son objectif désiré.

This transcript "It's like and opening", is a follow-on piece of a work begun the day before. The client brings her drawing of her desired objective landscape and that is where the session starts.

Transcription : Noémie Dehouck
Solution Focus Through a Clean Lens
A four-part paper comparing Brief Solution Focus questions with those of Clean Language:  1. Compares the principles, processes and practices; 2. Analyses a line-by-line SF session; 3. Summarises the similarities and differences; and 4. Lists common SF questions and give cleaner versions.
Coaching z Metafora
By Penny Tompkins & James Lawley | Published 07 11 2013

- Czy wiesz o tym, że klienci używają metafor kilkakrotnie w ciągu minuty?

- I, że rozumują i postępują zgodnie z logiką używanych metafor?
- I to, że struktura metafory doskonale nadaje się do rozwiązywania skomplikowanych problemów i realizacji ambitnych celów?
- I, że jeśli stosujesz narzędzia „Clean” w coachingu, nie tylko chronią cię od narzucania własnych metafor, ale prowadzą również do zmian  w swiatopogladzie klienta?
- I kiedy to następuje, zmienia się  pojmowanie problemu, wzrasta umiejętność decydowania i podejmowania działań.

A jeśli to wiesz, to ten artykuł bardzo cie  zainteresuje.
What do you say before you say goodbye?
This paper explores an aspect of change-work that rarely receives much exposure – how to use the end of a coaching or therapy session to maximise the benefit to the client. We call this the ‘set-down’ phase. We examine ways to link what happens during a Symbolic Modelling session with what might or could happen after the session. While the topic will be of most use to coaches and therapists, other kinds of facilitators of change – teachers, managers, consultants – should be able apply the principles to their line of work. And, of course, there is an application to ending important conversations as well.
Deconstructing Feedback
This paper investigates both the complexity of the feedback-giving process and the range of information that can be included in feedback. We present a 6-type of feedback model aimed at increasing the quality of feedback given and to raise the appropriateness and usefulness of the feedback process.
Applying Cross-Domain Thinking
Domain dependence and it’s inverse, cross-domain thinking, occur in many different guises. We are interested in modelling: the phenomena in general; how individuals do them; and how to increase our capacity to move from one to the other. We have collected a number of ideas from a range of contexts which we think have relevance to the topic. We’ll leave you to find your own links between them.
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