Researching the Discursive Construction of Subjectivity in Psychotherapy

  • Evrinomy AvdiEmail author
  • Eugenie Georgaca
Part of the The Language of Mental Health book series (TLMH)


In this chapter we explore, from a critical discursive perspective, the ways in which the clients’ subjectivity is manifested, negotiated, and transformed within psychotherapeutic conversations. More specifically, we review discursive research on psychotherapy process and outline the main ways in which subjectivity has been conceptualized and studied from a constructionist perspective. Next, we provide a case example of a family therapy and illustrate the use of subject positioning as an analytic tool for the investigation of the interactional processes implicated in the reconstruction of the clients’ subjectivity through therapy. Finally, we discuss the theoretical, methodological, and clinical implications of this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Psychology, Aristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece

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