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.
Self-Deception, Delusion and Denial
Part 1 - When we deceive, delude or deny to our self,
we mislead our self, we misrepresent or disown what we know to be true,
we lie to our self, we refuse to acknowledge that which we know. This article descibes how it takes multiple levels of awareness to be able to do this and gives a systemic perspective on this universal human trait.
Use of Images and Symbolic Modelling with Torture Survivors
Part 2 - And How to Act from What You Know to be True - has just been published in 'work in progress' form.
What is Therapeutic Modelling?
The use of metaphor, images and Symbolic Modelling with survivors of torture is
described through a case study. 'Nazim', a Kurd, suffered regular
instances of detention and violence at the hands of Turkish authorities
and forces before being referred to the Medical Foundation. Working
through an interpreter Nazim was helped to come to terms with his
experiences that were so painful that he had not told anyone, not even
his family, before.
This article has been written as a dialogue. Some of these dialogues have actually occurred, although most of the questions are composites of those we have been asked over the years. It describes differnces between Therapeutic and Product modelling, and between Top-down and Bottom-up modelling.
Modelling the Structure of Binds and Double Binds
How is it that sometimes people want to change, try to change, and may even make changes, yet they end up repeating the same old patterns? They are in a bind. This article describes four prototypical binds; defines double binds; and summarises how to transform binds. PLUS, newly added: Guidelines for working with binding patterns.
Proximity and Meaning
Coaching for P.R.O.s
Adjacency is about 'next to-ness'. It creates meaning in people's minds - naturally. This article examines the significance of adjacency, how we can recognise it, and how we can work with it for ourselves and our clients, taking a 'clean' approach to adjacency.
Six Degrees of Freedom: Intuitive Problem Solving with Emergent Knowledge
Being able to make the distinction between a Problem, a Remedy and desired Outcome statement is vital to being an 'outcome orientated' facilitator. This article gives detailed instructions on how to recognise client's PRO statements and how to respond so that you have more choice about where you guide their attention.
PRO can also be used to keep meetings on track, to keep a group in a creative state, to move people beyond conflict towards a joint outcome, or in numerous other productive ways.
Written with Carol Wilson this article covers the history and principles of Emergent Knowledge as developed by David Grove. It also includes a sample framework for the Emergent Knowledge process.
Polished Verse - An interview with Penny Tompkins and James Lawley
An interview with Penny Tompkins and James Lawley by John Soderlund, editor New Therapist.
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: