Clean Language is a discipline originally developed by psychotherapist David Grove as a tool for facilitating clients to understand their behavior patterns and generate positive change in their lives. As he observed other therapists, he noticed how often they introduced their own interpretations of clients’ words, and that this caused the clients to leave their own experience as they in turn processed the therapist’s words. David developed a set of carefully devised questions that could be used to explore progressively a client’s own personal intrinsic reality, without adding any extrinsic information (such as the facilitator’s own concepts, assumptions or suggestions).
The Clean Language questions enable a trained facilitator to help their client to discover and to express more information about how they work. As the client expresses their own subjective experience, they get to experience their thought or behavior patterns in a very immediate way. That enables them to take steps towards their desired outcome.
It is not necessary for the Clean Language facilitator to understand why the client functions the way they do. The facilitator is not expected to impose any solution or suggestions. The simple process of enabling the client to uncover their own model leads to surprising, natural change.
Clean Language is an extremely flexible and neutral way of working, and has been used successfully for decades in a wide range fields including therapy, coaching, counseling, mediation, law, sales, and management. Its flexibility makes it particularly helpful as an additional tool that can work alongside professionals’ existing methods.