Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 28–45 | Cite as

Interactional psychotherapy from a cybernetic perspective: Overview and clinical implications

  • H. Russell Searight
  • Patrick Openlander


This paper presents a cybernetic systems paradigm for clinical assessment and intervention A major tenet of this model is that individual psychological states can alternatively be perceived as interactional phenomena. This provides the clinician with a uniquely social perspective on cognitiveemotional disturbance as well as on the treatment process. The model is presented in the form of five distinct, yet related, postulates. The paper concludes with a description of how personal and therapeutic realities are constructed. Research findings supportive of the systems model are also presented.


Public Health Social Psychology Clinical Assessment Research Finding Clinical Implication 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Russell Searight
    • 1
  • Patrick Openlander
  1. 1.Department of PsychologySaint Louis UniversitySt. Louis

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