Publication 3864

Neimeyer R. A. (1993) An appraisal of constructivist psychotherapies. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 61: 221–234. Fulltext at https://cepa.info/3864
Predicated on a postmodern epistemology, constructivist theories emphasize the proactive, self-organizing features of human knowing and their implications for psychotherapy. This article outlines the potential contributions of 4 clinical lineages sharing a constructivist philosophy (personal construct theory, structural-developmental cognitive therapy, narrative reconstruction, and constructivist family therapy) and briefly reviews emerging trends in psychotherapy research compatible with this perspective. Although current constructivist approaches confront problems as well as prospects, they represent a growing force within psychotherapy, contributing to the sophistication of psychological theory, the diversification of clinical research, and the extension of therapeutic technique

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