Conversation Analysis and Psychotherapy

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Psychotherapy is a "talking cure" - clients voice their troubles to therapists, who listen, prompt, question, interpret, and generally try to engage in a positive and rehabilitating conversation with their clients. Using the sophisticated theoretical and methodological apparatus of Conversation Analysis - a radical approach to how language in interaction works - this book sheds light on the subtle and minutely organized sequences of speech in psychotherapeutic sessions. It examines how therapists deliver questions, cope with resistance, and reinterpret experiences, and how they can use conversation to achieve success. Conversation is a key component of people's everyday and professional lives and this book provides an unusually detailed insight into the complexity and power of talk in institutional settings. Featuring contributions from a collection of internationally renowned authors, Conversation Analysis and Psychotherapy will appeal to researchers and graduate students studying conversation analysis across the disciplines of psychology, sociology, and linguistics.
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Editorial Reviews

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“This volume highlights the considerable insights that emerge as a result of using conversation analysis to better understand psychotherapeutic interaction. Through an examination of the practices and procedures within the 'talking cure,' the contributors help initiate a dialogue between students of interaction and psychotherapy researchers. Their findings indicate that conversation analysis can highlight key aspects of the psychotherapeutic process which have hitherto remained somewhat opaque.”
- Dr Mike Forrester, Department of Psychology, University of Kent at Canterbury

"This is an outstanding edited collection. In a modest volume it brings together cutting edge conversation analytic studies of psychotherapist–client interaction. It presents the best available single source of current knowledge on psychotherapeutic talk. Notable aspects of the book include the rigorous empirical work and the breadth of psychoanalytic theory and practice covered. Another impressive thing is the original and ethnomethodologically inspired ways an applied thread is incorporated into some of the studies without compromising the “pure” nature of the analytic work..."
- Ann Weatherall, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, Journal of Language and Social Psychology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521179829
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/4/2010
  • Pages: 234
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Anssi Peräkyla is Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Helsinki.

Chalres Antaki is Professor of Language and Social Psychology in the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University.

Sanna Vehviläinen is a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Centre for Research and Development of Higher Education at the University of Helsinki.

Ivan Leudar is Professor of Analytical and Historical Psychology in the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Manchester.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations

Foreword. Filling the gaps Willam B. Stiles Stiles, Willam B. 1

1 Analysing psychotherapy in practice Anssi Perakyla Perakyla, Anssi Charles Antaki Antaki, Charles Sanna Vehvilainen Vehvilainen, Sanna Ivan Leudar Leudar, Ivan 5

2 Formulations in psychotherapy Charles Antaki Antaki, Charles 26

3 Clients' responses to therapists' reinterpretations Fabrizio Bercelli Bercelli, Fabrizio Federico Rossano Rossano, Federico Maurizio Viaro Viaro, Maurizio 43

4 Lexical substitution as a therapeutic resource John Rae Rae, John 62

5 Resisting optimistic questions in narrative and solution-focused therapies Clare Macmartin Macmartin, Clare 80

6 Conversation analysis and psychoanalysis: Interpretation, affect, and intersubjectivity Anssi Perakyla Perakyla, Anssi 100

7 Identifying and managing resistance in psychoanalytic interaction Sanna Vehvilainen Vehvilainen, Sanna 120

8 Person reference as a device for constructing experiences as typical in group therapy Mia Halonen Halonen, Mia 139

9 Conversation of emotions: On turning play into psychoanalytic psychotherapy Ivan Leudar Leudar, Ivan Wes Sharrock Sharrock, Wes Shirley Truckle Truckle, Shirley Thomas Colombino Colombino, Thomas Jacqueline Hayes Hayes, Jacqueline Kevin Booth Booth, Kevin 152

10 A psychotherapist's view of conversation analysis Ulrich Streeck Streeck, Ulrich 173

11 A review of conversational practices in psychotherapy Sanna Vehvilainen Vehvilainen, Sanna Anssi Perakyla Perakyla, Anssi Charles Antaki Antaki, Charles Ivan Leudar Leudar, Ivan 188

Transcription notation 198

References 200

Author index 215

Subject index 219

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