Metaphor in Counselling and Psychotherapy – Friday 13th November 2015: Workshop Materials

Metaphor in counselling and psychotherapy: A workshop with Jonathan Lloyd in Manchester on Friday 13th November 2015 – Workshop materials

Picture of JonathanWe hope you enjoyed the workshop, 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 you would like to see the Mrs Potter’s Lullaby video then click below:

To download the lyrics click here.

If you can bear to watch more of David Grove here is a 20 minute video of him explaining his approach to the use of client generated metaphors and the technique of clean language that he uses to work with them:

And here is a more modern therapist Dr Richard Siegel describing his approach, which is based on the work of David Grove. He illustrates this 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:

As Jonathan said in the workshop 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’s 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.

We look forward to meeting 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. (2010). 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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