Contructivist and Existential College
Constructivism as a philosophical stance sees the world's 'reality' as mediated through each individual's experience.
This is not to deny the reality of lived experience. However, constructivistism proposes that a person can change their lived experience by making sense of the world in different ways. It also proposes that how everyone lives in the moment is always ethical.
One of the advantages of this approach is that it tells us not what to think but rather how to explore and understand why we think and experience the way we do.
Constructivist therapists help individuals, couples, families or organisations understand and take ownership of the ways in which they are authors of the 'reality' they experience. Constructivist psychotherapy attempts to empower people to increase their sense of freedom and choice in the way they live their lives.
To this aim, constructivist therapists listen to and validate the client(s) experience while at the same time inviting them to look at both the structure and process of how they interpret their world and how they may or may not like to change the way they view or experience the world.
The process of therapy is conversational and experimental. The therapist is also invited to inquire and reinterpret their own personal world views within this act of exploration of the personal process of the other person.
Constructivism does not privilege any one world view thus supporting the growing interconnectedness of the multiethnic, multi-cultural society of the developing global world village.
Paul McGinley (Chair)
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