Empirical Examples: Language, Mental Health, and Therapeutic Approaches

  • Michelle O’Reilly
  • Jessica Nina Lester
Part of the The Language of Mental Health book series (TLMH)


This chapter is the first of two chapters that offer important examples to contextualise and consolidate the critical discussions that run throughout the book. In this chapter, the focus is on treatments for mental distress, with a particular focus on the discourses of therapy. While a range of therapeutic modalities exist, the more common interventions are outlined. In the chapter, we argue for the benefits of qualitative research in therapy, with discourse analysis and conversation analysis positioned as useful for the field of mental health.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michelle O’Reilly
    • 1
  • Jessica Nina Lester
    • 2
  1. 1.University of LeicesterLeicesterUK
  2. 2.Indiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

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