Metaphor therapy allows a person to view things in a more profound way without the threat of harm, aggression, or destruction. In this method of therapy, metaphors are applied to traumatic situations and negative circumstances. The resulting negative emotions are also examined in this context. In this way, a client can separate himself from the emotions and the events and be able to gain control over situations that present themselves in a more productive and healthier way. Clean Language, Symbolic Modeling, and Metaphor Therapy was developed by James Lawley and Penny Tompkins and uses metaphors to consider the whole life experience.
Metaphors are so pervasive in our every action and thought that we are often unaware of the impact they have on us. Symbols and metaphors are woven together to form the fabric of our being. Metaphors are the foundation of our thoughts and symbols are tied closely to metaphorical thinking and behavior patterns. In Symbolic Modeling, a client is awakened to the effect that metaphors have on life experiences. The therapist will aid the client in discovering a new method of perception using the whole person, mind, body and spirit to achieve a seamlessly fluid system. Metaphor Landscape, or the idea of self, considers the entire life experience, including living and breathing, as one connected, multi-dimensional unit in and around a person. When this symbolic ideal is recognized, it opens the door for evolutionary thinking and sets the stage for a change in our inner perceptions as well as our relational perceptions. Ultimately, these changes influence our daily habits, behaviors and thought processes.
There are many therapies that use symbols, metaphors, and imagery that are recognized as being highly effective treatment methods. However, Symbolic Modeling relies on a more holistic, dignified technique that is wholly non-invasive and non-coercive. A therapist who uses this form of treatment prompts the client to develop his own metaphors, rather than leading him with suggestive symbolism or hypnotic imagery. This fundamental difference is based on the implementation of Clean Language. Symbolic Modeling therapy is based on research and evidence into systems theory, which is among the most recent study in human functionality.
Last updated: 05-14-2013