In the Handbook of Dialogical Self Theory and Psychotherapy: Bridging Psychotherapeutic and Cultural Traditions, the editors bring together a wide variety of therapeutic approaches in order to demonstrate how Dialogical Self Theory functions as a bridging framework crossing boundaries between countries and cultures.

The basic message is to facilitate a theory-informed dialogue between different perspectives: cognitive therapy, psychoanalytic therapy, gestalt therapy, emotion-focused therapy, Eastern, Indian-American and transpersonal approaches. The chapters present the theoretical notions, qualitative methods, and practical implications of the presented projects with attention to their common dialogical foundation.

With its bridging approach and interdisciplinary aims, the Handbook of Dialogical Self Theory and Psychotherapy will be essential reading for psychotherapists and counsellors in practice and training and for those who are interested in the common factors underlying a wide variety of psychotherapeutic schools and traditions.

chapter 1|6 pages


ByMiguel M. Gonçalves, Agnieszka Konopka, Hubert J. M. Hermans

part I|2 pages

Theoretical extensions

chapter 2|15 pages

The dialogical self as a landscape of mind populated by a society of I-positions

ByAgnieszka Konopka, Hubert J. M. Hermans, Miguel M. Gonçalves

chapter 3|14 pages

Gestalt therapy, Dialogical Self Theory, and the “empty chair”

ByFrank-M. Staemmler

chapter 4|18 pages

Emotion-focused therapy

Embodied dialogue between parts of the self
ByWilliam J. Whelton, Robert Elliott

chapter 5|17 pages

Assimilation of problematic voices and the historicity of signs

How culture enters psychotherapy
ByWilliam B. Stiles

chapter 6|13 pages

I-positions and the unconscious

ByJohn Rowan

chapter 7|17 pages

Disturbances in the dialogical self in psychosis

Contributions from the study of metacognitive disturbances
ByPaul H. Lysaker, Jay A. Hamm, Bethany L. Leonhardt, John T. Lysaker

part II|2 pages

Methodological innovations

chapter 8|15 pages

The dialogical self in grief therapy

Reconstructing identity in the wake of loss
ByRobert A. Neimeyer, Agnieszka Konopka

chapter 9|15 pages

Innovation and ambivalence

A narrative-dialogical perspective on therapeutic change
ByMiguel M. Gonçalves, António P. Ribeiro, Catarina Rosa, Joana R. Silva, Cátia Braga, Carina Magalhães, João Tiago Oliveira

chapter 10|18 pages

Metacognitive interpersonal therapy as a dialogical practice

Experiential work in session with personality disorders
ByGiancarlo Dimaggio, Paolo Ottavi, Raffaele Popolo, Giampaolo Salvatore

chapter 11|17 pages

Developing a dialogical approach to analysing psychotherapy

ByEugenie Georgaca, Evrinomy Avdi

chapter 12|17 pages

From dissociation to dialogical reorganization of subjectivity in psychotherapy

ByClaudio Martínez, Alemka Tomicic

part III|2 pages

Bridging cultures

chapter 13|17 pages


Working with dialogical self in psychotherapy
ByAgnieszka A. Konopka, Wim van Beers

chapter 14|14 pages

On the constitution of self-experience in the psychotherapeutic dialogue

ByMasayoshi Morioka

chapter 15|14 pages

North American indigenous concepts of the dialogical self

ByLewis Mehl-Madrona, Barbara Mainguy

chapter 16|16 pages

Mindfulness-based interventions de-reify self

DST clarifies a new therapeutic voice
ByMichelle H. Mamberg, Donald McCown

chapter 17|8 pages


Looking back and forward
ByHubert J. M. Hermans, Agnieszka Konopka, Miguel M. Gonçalves