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Photo of Philip Harland Philip Harland is a neurolinguistic psychotherapist with a private practice in London, England. He has written many articles on Clean Language for professional journals and the internet. In 2009 Philip published the first book related to David Grove's last innovations, Emergent Knowledge, 'THE POWER OF SIX: A Six Part Guide to Self Knowledge'. You can order a copy from or

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Book The Power of Six
By Philip Harland | Published 04 09 2009
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The Power of Six: A Six-Part Guide to Self-Knowledge
by Philip Harland
This book is the first major account of David Grove's last work by a collaborator, co-facilitator, apprentice and friend.
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Keeping It Clean
By Philip Harland | Published 27 05 2007
Models of Perception , Advanced CL
My thesis is simple: we each have a mind of our own. A 'personal mind', the American psychologist William James called it. A unique, extraordinary labyrinth of neural networks to which no-one else can have real access. Any process aiming to help us change our minds for developmental or therapeutic reasons must start from the premise that the choice must be ours alone.
Comment le Cerveau Ressent
By Philip Harland | Published 01 11 2002
Si je vous demandais de prendre quelques instants pour penser, disons, à votre amoureux… votre hypothèque… une armée d’abeilles féroces … aux Blue Jays de Toronto… il y a fort à parier que vous passeriez par une série de changements physiologiques, imperceptibles mais mesurables néanmoins, que ce soit le changement dans la respiration, le battement de coeur et la réponse galvanique de votre peau, le tout relié à une kyrielle d’émotions, passant de la joie à l’indifférence et tout ça en l’espace de peu de temps.  C’est remarquable, fascinant, parce que je vous ai demandé de penser à ces choses, et non pas de les ressentir.   Donc, qu’ont en commun sentiment et pensée, émotion et cognition, et quelles sont leurs différences ?
How the Brain Feels: Parts 1-5

One of the reasons people go into psychotherapy - as therapists or clients - is because they think (or feel) that their feeling and thinking are somehow opposed. Passion and intelligence are ignorant armies in a a permanent state of attrition. This paper is a preamble to the negotiations the parties must enter before peace can prevail. It is organized into 5 parts, a metaphor for the 5-stage feeling-thinking process itself:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Reflections on the Mirror Model
The 'Mirror-model' was developed in 1998 as a means of introducing a self-reflective, non-interpretative model of conversational change into Organisational Healing's NLP Practitioner and Master Practitioner trainings.

Part 1 of this article is a summary of that development, and has a few thoughts about adapting a rigorous therapeutic modality to the wider world of conversational change.

Part 2 will offer a detailed example of how you can use the frames and the questions with a client.

The 2 parts can be found on separate pages in this article.

Clean Language as a Foreign Language
By Philip Harland | Published 04 05 2001
French , Advanced CL
Philip Harland's report on the French NLP Congress 2001 and his description of working in French with Clean Language
A Moment in Metaphor

The only information we have about the client at any given moment is symbolic information. What happens when we respond to that information in the moment using clean language, and what happens when we do not?

By Philip Harland | Published 08 01 2001
Transcripts & Case Studies
Sam's addiction started as the sort of petty pattern of occasional craving that touches most of the people I know. He has a compulsion - not for drugs, sex, smoking or gambling, but chocolate. I'm fascinated by this because I like chocolate myself, and I can identify with him enough to know there's a fine line sometimes between liking and craving, and a short step from craving to compulsion. As this is such a universal problem I want to try an experiment and share my work with Sam as it happens. As I write we've had our first session and have contracted for half a dozen more. We have no idea what the outcome will be.
Possession and Desire
By Philip Harland | Published 03 01 2001
Psychotherapy & Counselling

A deconstructivist approach to understanding and working with addictions.

This article is in three parts:

Part 1: Violent Pleasures
Part 2: Limit of Desires
Part 3: The Physician's Provider

Resolving Problem Patterns
Psychotherapy has a history of imposing external patterns (the therapist's) on internal experience (the client's). But working with clean language and autogenic (self-generated) metaphor, complex patterns can be codified into relatively simple configurations which can be explored by the client with minimal interference by the therapist and then more effectively transformed. My purpose in this paper (split into two parts) is to help you identify patterns and to consider ways of facilitating clients to discern, decode and resolve them through clean language and autogenic metaphor. 
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