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Re-imagining Therapy Living Conversations and Relational Knowing by Eero Riikonen, Gregory Madan Smith

Re-imagining Therapy Living Conversations and Relational Knowing


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Re-imagining Therapy Living Conversations and Relational Knowing by Eero Riikonen, Gregory Madan Smith

Re-imagining Therapy explores the benefits to therapeutic practice of paying attention to how people relate to and with language - how ways of talking support different kinds of relationships and experiences. The authors draw on social constructionist, dialogic, narrative and solution-oriented approaches to argue that `detachment' and `objectivity' have impoverished our ways of understanding life and language. They focus on words and language as tools, gestures and actions through which therapy can work to build a sense of promise and trust.


`Riikonen and Smith's emphasis on the relational and dynamic nature of therapeutic interaction renders Re-imagining Therapy relevant to readers in the psychotherapeutic profession with diverse theoretical interests.... The book is poetic, playful and theoretically stimulating. Riikonen and Smith's ability to successfully pull off their polyvocal style is impressive' - Nyhedsbrev (Denmark)

`Written in a humorous and accessible form, the book focuses on how resources and language used by people in everyday life and conversation can also be harnessed for use in successful therapy... Riikonen and Madan Smith's book offers a refreshing and insightful addition to publications addressing [the] discursive turn in therapy... in a lively and accessible way, [it] maps outs a territory in which further to explore potentials for the therapeutic process. Most importantly, it serves to challenge some traditional ways of thinking and it encourages the reader to ask questions about the complicated relationship between language and mental states' - The European Journal of Psychotherapy, Counselling & Health

`Opens a new and exciting vista for deliberation on the therapeutic process... The authors do not wish so much to describe optimal therapy as to demonstrate its potentials within the text itself' - Kenneth J Gergen and Sheila McNamee (from the Foreword)

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Publication date

14th February 1997


Eero Riikonen, Gregory Madan Smith

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SAGE Publications Ltd


192 pages


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