What is Clean Language?

Clean Language is a simple set of questions developed by counselling psychologist David Grove. These questions are used with a person’s own words to direct their attention to some aspect of their own experience.

Asking these questions in the right context often results in an interesting new insight or the recognition of some new possibility. And if that new possibility is then questioned using Clean Language, the result can be quite profound.

"With a tool like this you can change the world."

Want to practice Clean Language skills?

We have three practice groups at various times of the month. We'd love to have you join us regardless of your level of experience. For more information, click here.

Or gain a coaching qualification?

Join us from March 2021 for our ILM Level 5 Certificate or Diploma in Effective Coaching and Mentoring to learn foundational clean coaching methodologies to inspire capability in others and coach them for success.

Upcoming events

Get started with clean

1-Hour Clean Language Taster

  • 27 January 2021 6.30-7.30pm UK time
  • Online via Zoom
  • With Doris Leibold, Karrie Shield

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Clean for Teams

  • February 1, 4, 8, 11, 2021, 7:00am-10:30am GMT each day (Mondays and Thursdays)
  • Online via Zoom
  • With Jacqueline Ann Surin, Sarah Scarratt

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Attend special events

An A-Z of Clean: A is for Adjacency

  • Wednesday 3 February, 4-5pm GMT
  • Online via Zoom
  • With Doris Leibold, James Lawley, Caitlin Walker

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Systemic Modelling Rolling Programme Level 0

  • 15 - 19 February 2021 9am-1pm (UK time) each day
  • Online via Zoom
  • With Marian Way

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The ILM Level 5 in Effective Coaching & Mentoring course is a practical and thorough introduction to putting Clean Language to work in a precise and purposeful way. Over 3 -day modules we learned how to use apparently simple tools to build emergent models of a client's space, develop clear outcomes, resolve drama and work with Clean Feedback and Developmental Tasks. This course taught skills that cannot be learned from reading Clean Language books. Progress in online study groups between the taught sessions showed both how far my learning had progressed and provided the content for the assignments.

Mike Haber, Digital Information Model Developer

Featured products


So you want to be… #DramaFree

Caitlin and Marian's interactive journal to help you reduce unnecessary conflict in your life.



Clean Approaches for Coaches

Marian Way's book about creating the conditions for change within a coaching session, using Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling.



From Contempt to Curiosity

Caitlin Walker's book about using Clean Language and Systemic Modelling to encourage the conditions for collaboration.



Clean Language and Systemic Modelling DVD

A set of two DVDs with simple exercises for practising Clean Language and Systemic Modelling by yourself or in a group - by Caitlin Walker.

(£22.50 including VAT)

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Recent blog posts


A is for Adjacency

7th Jan 2021

By Doris Leibold


How I moved from anxious to resourceful during Covid

4th Jan 2021

By Jacqueline Ann Surin


Systemic Modelling: First Impressions

3rd Jan 2021

By Marian Way


Meet the Team: Alison Blackler

24th Nov 2020

By Marian Way

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