Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Leitner, L. M. and Lonoff, J. R. 2010. Constructivist Psychotherapy. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Constructivism refers to a group of theories (originally stemming from Kelly's personal construct theory ) holding the philosophical position that so-called reality is, in some ways, created by persons. Rather than imposing some objective truth on persons seeking help, constructivist therapists attempt experientially to grasp the lived reality of each client. This relationship is more egalitarian and client-empowering than approaches in which the more powerful therapist imposes diagnostic and treatment “realities” on the less powerful client. Constructivist psychotherapy can be seen as a part of the broader group of humanistic, existential, and postmodern therapies.