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Constructivist Psychotherapy


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Preface. Personal Construct Psychotherapy: Forerunner of Constructivist Psychotherapies. Psychological Constructivism and Constructivist Trends in Psychotherapy. A Constructivist Understanding of the Person. The Therapist's Understanding of the Client's Narrative. The Therapist's Construction of the Client's Narrative. An Ontological Venture: The Psychotherapy Process.

About the Author

Gabriele Chiari is Professor at the Centre for Studies in Constructivist-oriented Cognitive Psychotherapy in Florence, and Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at the University of Florence. He is an editorial board member of The Journal of Constructivist Psychology. Maria Laura Nuzzo (1946-2005) was a clinical psychologist and chartered psychotherapist and President of the Italian Association of Constructivist Psychology and Psychotherapy (AIPPC).


"This book represents the culmination of over a quarter of a century of careful work by the authors in developing their particular approach to constructivist psychotherapy. Not only does it contain an unusually detailed exposition of the assumptions underlying the approach, but it is also a rich source of clinical wisdom, which will be of great value to both trainees and more experienced therapists." - David Winter, University of Hertfordshire and Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust, UK.

"At last, a book series that will help to make the ideal of effective continuing professional development in the fields of psychotherapy and counselling more of a reality. Without being partisan or requiring an unrealistically high level of existing knowledge, the books offer a unique opportunity for experienced practitioners and advanced students to encounter the cutting edge of theory in their particular theoretical model." - Andrew Samuels, Professor of Analytical Psychology, University of Essex.

"A stunning little book, deceptively simple and straightforward; this book should be required reading for students and practitioners who wish to offer therapeutic help to those suffering from various losses and emotional upheavals, distresses that are frequently diagnosed as mental illness. Neimeyer is an adept student of psychotherapeutic theories, and he nimbly inserts various theoretical ideas within the chapters. An exciting and generative alternative for people seeking happier lives." --Mary Gergen, Ph.D., in PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 54, Release 45

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