Constructivist Psychotherapy: Distinctive Features

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-03-13
  • Publisher: Routledge

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What are the distinctive theoretical and practical features of constructivist psychotherapy?

Author Biography

Robert A. Neimeyer is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Memphis and the Editor of the Journal of Constructivist Psychology. He also maintains an active private practice in Memphis, Tennessee.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
An illustrative therapyp. xiii
The Distinctive Theoretical Features of CPTp. 1
Constructing a worldp. 3
The function of fictionp. 5
Personal knowledgep. 7
Living on the frontierp. 11
Redefining realityp. 15
Living in languagep. 17
Deconstructing the selfp. 19
Systems within systems: The epigenetic modelp. 23
Contextualizing disorderp. 27
The Distinctive Practical Features of CPTp. 33
Laddering toward core concernsp. 35
Mapping social ecologies of meaning with the bow-tie interviewp. 41
Charting networks of constructs using repertory gridsp. 45
Assessing emotional and relational themes using self-confrontationp. 47
Reflecting on the self using mirror timep. 53
Attending from self to otherp. 59
Following the affect trailp. 65
Privileging experience over explanationp. 69
Catching the wavep. 71
Harnessing the power of the poeticp. 75
Seeking sufficient structurep. 79
Tracking evolving goalsp. 81
Fostering client reflexivityp. 83
Befriending the resistancep. 85
Considering homeworkp. 87
Articulating the pro-symptom positionp. 89
Re-authoring the self-narrativep. 97
Celebrating terminationp. 101
Evaluating whether psychotropic medication is part of the solution, or part of the problemp. 103
Situating constructivist therapy in the wider worldp. 107
Constructing an integrative practicep. 113
Conclusionp. 129
Referencesp. 133
Indexp. 143
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