James Lawley studied with David Grove for 12 years. As a result, he co-developed Symbolic Modelling and co-authored "Metaphors in Mind" with his partner Penny Tompkins. Together they have a private practice and teach Symbolic Modelling to therapists, counsellors, coaches, managers and teachers throughout the world. They offer consultancy to organisations which have included GlaxoSmithKline and The University of Yale Child Study Center.
James is a UKCP supervising psychotherapist and and a founder member of the Neuro Linguistic Psychotherapy and Counselling Association in 1992.