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Boundaries, caring and the Conversational Model: What can we do about complex trauma?

Dr George Lianos

In therapy we are constantly struggling with the paradox and tension between firmness/rigidity and flexibility. The first provides the requisite clarity and stability that generates safety, the second provides for the possibility of change.

Boundaries are important in a variety of ways in all therapies. Within the Conversational Model boundaries are seen as central to the notion of self and its development. Without developing the capacity to distinguish between inner and outer there can be no self and thus there can be no distinction between self and other.

ANZAP 23rd Annual Conference
From Trauma to Health
23-26 August 2012, Westmead Hospital , NSW Australia
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Dr George Lianos

Dr George Lianos is a Senior Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist who has practised psychotherapy for more than 30 years. He is a foundation member of ANZAP and has lectured and supervised throughout Australia and New Zealand. He has been a Clinical Lecturer and Supervisor in both the ANZAP training program, and the Sydney University Master of Medicine/Science (Psychotherapy) training program for more than 20 years.

His recent interests include the relationship between phenomenology and theory. In particular, his concerns are about how theory becomes independent of the phenomena it purports to explain, in a manner which makes the application of a theory more important than understanding the phenomena themselves. As a result, clinicians may feel pressure to demonstrate their theoretical prowess ahead of their caring and compassion.

He is currently engaged in private practice in the Sydney CBD and the Central Coast of NSW where he primarily focuses on individual and couple therapy.

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