Clean Language is a groundbreaking approach being used in counselling, psychotherapy and coaching. Using 9+ powerful questions to work with clients' self-generated metaphors to create lasting change.

About Clean Language Australia

What is Clean Language?

Developed by therapist David Grove in the 1980s, Clean Language is a set of questions posed to promote, or encourage the development and use of ‘self generated metaphors’ into the dialogue exchange. By keeping the facilitators ‘own’ assumptions, or suggestions at bay, Clean Language invites the organic development, and evolution of a clients perceptions – one question, or consideration at a time. The application of a Clean Language model supports a more dynamic process and examination.

Clean Language is a philosophy and technique applied to questioning that very quickly creates a pathway to the true substance of any matter.

‘Clean’ does not mean ‘no influence’. Due to the ability of Clean Language to respectfully invite clients to attend to particular aspects of their thought process, it can influence the direction of a client’s mind-body-spirit process, without introducing contamination to their content.

Although Clean Language was originally designed to work therapeutically with clients’ metaphors and symbols, today it is used more conversationally in hundreds of ways — by researchers, teachers, investigators such as law practitioners and the police, managers, consultants, and health practitioners.

How can Clean Language help me?

The application of Clean Language is a groundbreaking approach being used in counselling, psychotherapy, and coaching; it is fast becoming recognised as one of the most effective forms of coaching. Used alone, or in tandem with other coaching processes, Clean methodologies enable you, the client, to access a different quality of information and to discover fresh routes to deep, sustainable change.

Using Symbolic Modelling and introducing the use of metaphors into these change assessments and processes allows a structured and clear picture of the situation, and the desired outcome to develop. Asking about people’s outcomes, often described in metaphors, and using their exact words, encourages new insights and possibilities for change.

What is a metaphor? It is the expression of an understanding of one concept in terms of another concept, where there is some similarity or correlation between the two.)