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Relational is the 'new black': Perspectives on developing a (consistently) relational approach to practice

Leanne O'Shea

A relational, or post-Cartesian approach to practice has become the new orthodoxy in clinical thinking. This is perhaps not surprising given the growing cultural dis-ease with individualism, it's inherent dualism and understanding of the isolated mind. But this relational or inter-subjective shift is not so easily made. Gestalt's own uneasy history with individualism has sometimes been reflected in approaches to practice and the training of clinicians that have privileged self-reliance and unintentionally fostered a culture of narcissism and isolation. A relational, or post-Cartesian approach to practice has become the new orthodoxy in clinical thinking. This is perhaps not surprising given the growing cultural dis-ease with individualism, it's inherent dualism and understanding of the isolated mind. But this relational or inter-subjective shift is not so easily made. 

WORLD DREAMING: WORLD CONGRESS FOR PSYCHOTHERAPY
24-28 August 2011 Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
Darling Harbour, Australia.
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Leanne O'Shea

Leanne is a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice in Melbourne. She studied the Gestalt approach in Melbourne and London, and more recently the relational approach to Gestalt Therapy at the Pacific Gestalt Institute (USA). She is a faculty member of the Relational Center, a Los Angeles based organization whose mission is to promote greater diversity within the helping professions.

She is also interested in creating greater awareness of and sensitivity to our relational responsibility, and is particularly passionate about is the place of sexuality and the erotic within the therapeutic relationship. She is well published and is an inaugural co-editor of the new Gestalt Journal of Australia and New Zealand.

Leanne has served as a member of the GANZ Council and is a member of the GANZ Ethics Committee.

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