Gene Combs, MD (1946–)
Gene Combs is internationally recognized for his advances in narrative theory and training. He has been involved for the last quarter century in the development of narrative therapy as a distinct approach to individual therapy, family therapy, and community work. In his current day-to-day work, he is developing ways to help primary care physicians become more skilled at understanding and working with the particular hopes and fears of the people who consult with them. With his partner Jill Freedman, Gene has practiced, studied, taught, and written about narrative therapy for over two decades.
Gene received an MD from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in 1972, which he followed with a Psychiatry Residency, at the same institution. He specialized in Family Therapy through live supervision with Jay Haley and Cloe Madanes, residential workshops and supervisory experiences in Italy with Luigi Boscolo and Gianfranco Cecchin, and...
- Combs, G., & Freedman, J. (1990). Symbol, story, and ceremony: Using metaphor in individual and family therapy. New York: Norton.Google Scholar
- Freedman, J., & Combs, G. (1996). Narrative therapy: The social construction of preferred realities. New York: Norton. (Also in Russian, Taiwanese, Korean, Chinese, Czech, and Serbian Translations).Google Scholar
- Freedman, J., & Combs, G. (2002). Narrative therapy with couples… and a whole lot more! Adelaide: Dulwich Centre Publications. (Also in Korean Translation).Google Scholar
- Freedman, J., & Combs, G. (2000). Therapy relationships that open up possibilities for us all. Dulwich Centre Journal, 1 & 2, 17–20.Google Scholar