Applying the notion of metaphor types to enhance counseling protocols

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This article introduces the notion of metaphor types to show how the more nuanced aspects of metaphor theory can be applied to counseling practice. The author suggests that metaphor types can enhance existing interview protocols designed to help clients expand the source domain imagery of their metaphors and "bridge back" the expanded imagery to identified target issues. A sample analysis of a counseling transcript is provided to illustrate the recommended steps in applying metaphor types.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-149
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Counseling and Development
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • counseling
  • discourse analysis
  • metaphor
  • psycholinguistics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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