Constructivist Psychotherapy: Distinctive Features

Constructivist Psychotherapy: Distinctive Features

Constructivist Psychotherapy: Distinctive Features

Constructivist Psychotherapy: Distinctive Features


Constructivist psychotherapy focuses on the meaning that clients attribute to their world, and the way that this shapes their life and contributes to their difficulties. In this book, Robert A. Neimeyer, a leading figure in the field, provides a clear and accessible explanation of the key features of this approach.

Constructivist Psychotherapy: Distinctive Featuresconcentrates on the 30 key commitments that distinguish constructivism from other cognitive behavioural perspectives. Divided into two sections - Theoryand Practice- this straightforward book is illustrated throughout with case material and recent research findings.

Neimeyer provides us with a fresh perspective on familiar material, together with a clear, concise introduction to material that the reader may be less familiar with, making this book a valuable text for professionals in training as well as a source of new ideas for practising therapists of constructivist psychotherapy.


Being asked to write a book about the distinctive features of constructivist psychotherapy (CPT) represents simultaneously a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, being given generous space to unpack the practice of this exciting postmodern perspective is a gift: freed of the constraints of a chapter-length summary with its often mandated structure, I’ve been given the opportunity to say what matters to me about constructivism, and why it has been a good companion in my work as a psychotherapist for the past 30 years. On the other hand, how do I put into words the deeply personal ways that this philosophical position has percolated into my practice with so many people, or informed my own thinking, much less that of the colorful cast of characters who would confess a loose or passionate allegiance to this clinical tradition?

My attempt to meet this challenge has been guided by four criteria. First, I have attempted to write simply. My goal in these pages was to demystify a perspective that is sometimes rightly regarded as philosophically abstruse and procedurally obscure, as I believe in my bones that it is neither. In doing so I should warn the reader that this is not intended as a book for . . .

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