The Pragmatics of Therapeutic Practice

The Pragmatics of Therapeutic Practice
Paul Gibney
PsychOz Publications 2003
ISBN 9780958579650


In The Pragmatics of Therapeutic Practice Paul Gibney identifies ten essential dynamics at work in the development of the therapeutic domain within which therapist and client devise a therapeutic way of being. This structure provides the lens through which to explore the fundamentals of what occurs in the consulting room from the first session through to the last. Refusing to be limited by any one approach Gibney demonstrates how to preserve and enrich the practitioners most valuable asset - an inquiring and compassionate mind.

This book grasps what contemporary psychotherapy is all about. Beautifully written in a punchy and accessible style, it traverses a multitude of approaches to psychotherapy from the pragmatic to the aesthetic without imposing a false unity on them. Gibneys iconoclastic brilliance has been known to initiates world-wide for many years. Now his unmistakeable voice will be heard by a larger audience.
ANDREW SAMUELS, Professor of Analytical Psychology, University of Essex; Visiting Professor of Psychoanalytic Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London

Paul Gibney makes a serious and important contribution to the literature on psychotherapy. This text is full of riches for the practising psychotherapist. Gibney brings attention to the familiar dimensions of psychotherapy as well as those often neglected, masterfully guiding the reader through a wealth of ideas and practices. He draws on individual, group and family therapy from the psychoanalytic and systemic fields, and blends them in a way that invites the reader to look again at perspectives they may have dismissed. Gibney goes to the heart of all therapeutic practice, its art and craft, stretching the reader and expanding their horizons.
ISOBEL REILLY, Director, Family Therapy Training Programmes, Queens University Belfast and Family Therapist, Family Trauma Centre, Belfast

I never hesitate to attend a presentation by Paul Gibney - invariably humorous, engaging and creative. Gibney demonstrates a depth of knowledge across the psychotherapy traditions and a deep concern and respect for his clients. This text can be recommended across the spectrum, from beginning therapist to experienced practitioner. Counsellors and psychotherapists from all orientations will find this book thought provoking and stimulating.
JIM CRAWLEY, psychotherapist in private practice and inaugural President of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).

PAUL GIBNEY PH.D. is a psychotherapist in Brisbane, Australia. He is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Work and Applied Human Sciences at the University of Queensland where he teaches a systemic intersubjective approach to therapy and family therapy in the Clinical Masters program. His theoretical interests are in systemic family therapy, psychoanalytic theory and Jungian and archetypal theory and practice. He is well known for his training presentations and addresses on these subjects.

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