Metaphor in Counselling and Psychotherapy – 19/01/2017: Workshop Materials

Metaphor in counselling and psychotherapy: A workshop with Dr Jonathan Lloyd in Kendal on Thursday 19th January 2017 – Workshop materials

Picture of JonathanWe hope you have enjoyed this evend and found it beneficial.  It was based around Jonathan’s doctoral research.

To download the programme for the day click here.

To download the presentation in slide format click here.

To download the presentation in handout format click here.

If, after the event you would like to see the Mrs Potter’s Lullaby video then click below:

To download the lyrics click here.

To download the case study click here.

On the day Jonathan referred to the work of the clinical psychologist David Grove.  This can be a little overwhelming, so here is a contribution from a more modern therapist, Dr Richard Siegel. This describes his approach to metaphor therapy, again based on the work of David Grove. It is illustrated with a large number of examples:

If you would like a copy of Jonathan’s thesis then click here. This contains a full bibliography. If you would like further information, you can email him at He now also has a podcast on metaphor on the Counsellor CPD website. To listen click here.

If you have a general interest in clean language, it is worth watching Caitlin Walker’s Ted talk on the subject. She works mainly in the world of corporate coaching where clean language is widely used:

There is a thriving clean community in the UK. To go to its website click here. James Lawley and Penny Tompkins (2000) have documented, codified and extended Groves’ approach. They call this field symbolic modelling. Lawley and Tompkins again work mainly in the field of coaching, although both are UKCP registered psychotherapists. The book is a good read and available on Amazon. There is also a good, but slightly less academic, book by Sullivan and Rees (2008) called Clean language, Revealing metaphors and opening minds. Again, inevitably, available on Amazon.

As requested we have produced a note on clean questions, which can be downloaded by clicking here.

We look forward seeing you again soon.

Best wishes – metaphors be with you – and what would you like to have happen now?

Jonathan Lloyd
George MacDonald


Battino, R. (2002). Metaphoria: Metaphor and guided metaphor for psychotherapy and healing. Carmarthen: Crown House Publishing.

Cox, M., & Theilgaard, A. (1987). Mutative metaphors in psychotherapy : the Aeolian mode. London ; New York: Tavistock.

Grove, D. J., & Panzer, B. I. (1991). Resolving traumatic memories: Metaphors and symbols in psychotherapy. New York, NY: Irvington Publishers.

Lawley, J., & Tompkins, P. (2000). Metaphors in mind: Transformation through symbolic modelling. London: The Developing Company Press.

Sullivan, W., & Rees, J. (2008). Clean language: Revealing metaphors and opening minds. Carmarthen: Crown House Publishing.

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