Skip to content

Your Cart


You have 0 items in your cart.

Register Sign in Wishlist

Conversation Analysis and Psychotherapy

$45.99 (C)

Willam B. Stiles, Anssi Peräkylä, Charles Antaki, Sanna Vehviläinen, Ivan Leudar, Fabrizio Bercelli, Federico Rossano, Maurizio Viaro, John Rae, Clare MacMartin, Mia Halonen, Wes Sharrock, Shirley Truckle, Thomas Colombino, Jacqueline Hayes, Kevin Booth, Ulrich Streeck
View all contributors
  • Date Published: February 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521179829

$ 45.99 (C)

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Hardback, eBook

Looking for an examination copy?

If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact providing details of the course you are teaching.

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • Psychotherapy is a 'talking cure'- clients voice their troubles to therapists, who listen, prompt, question, interpret and generally try to engage in a positive and rehabilitating conversation with their clients. Using the sophisticated theoretical and methodological apparatus of Conversation Analysis - a radical approach to how language in interaction works - this book sheds light on the subtle and minutely organised sequences of speech in psychotherapeutic sessions. It examines how therapists deliver questions, cope with resistance, reinterpret experiences and how they can use conversation to achieve success. Conversation is a key component of people's everyday and professional lives and this book provides an unusually detailed insight into the complexity and power of talk in institutional settings. Featuring contributions from a collection of internationally renowned authors, Conversation Analysis and Psychotherapy will appeal to researchers and graduate students studying conversation analysis across the disciplines of psychology, sociology and linguistics.

    • Uses theoretical and methodological apparatus of conversation analysis to examine the power of speech in psychotherapeutic sessions
    • Includes an extensive introductory chapter and a final summary of the major findings
    • Features contributions from internationally renowned authors in the field
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    “This volume highlights the considerable insights that emerge as a result of using conversation analysis to better understand psychotherapeutic interaction. Through an examination of the practices and procedures within the 'talking cure,' the contributors help initiate a dialogue between students of interaction and psychotherapy researchers. Their findings indicate that conversation analysis can highlight key aspects of the psychotherapeutic process which have hitherto remained somewhat opaque.”
    - Dr Mike Forrester, Department of Psychology, University of Kent at Canterbury

    "This is an outstanding edited collection. In a modest volume it brings together cutting edge conversation analytic studies of psychotherapist–client interaction. It presents the best available single source of current knowledge on psychotherapeutic talk. Notable aspects of the book include the rigorous empirical work and the breadth of psychoanalytic theory and practice covered. Another impressive thing is the original and ethnomethodologically inspired ways an applied thread is incorporated into some of the studies without compromising the “pure” nature of the analytic work..."
    - Ann Weatherall, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, Journal of Language and Social Psychology

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521179829
    • length: 234 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.32kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword: filling the gaps Willam B. Stiles
    1. Analysing psychotherapy in practice Anssi Peräkylä, Charles Antaki, Sanna Vehviläinen and Ivan Leudar
    2. Formulations in psychotherapy Charles Antaki
    3. Clients' responses to therapists' re-interpretations Fabrizio Bercelli, Federico Rossano and Maurizio Viaro
    4. Lexical substitution as a therapeutic resource John Rae
    5. Resisting optimistic questions in narrative and solution-focused therapies Clare MacMartin
    6. Conversation analysis and psychoanalysis: interpretation, affect and intersubjectivity Anssi Peräkylä
    7. Identifying and managing resistance in psychoanalytic interaction Sanna Vehviläinen
    8. Person reference as a device for constructing experiences as typical in group therapy Mia Halonen
    9. Conversation of emotions: on turning play into psychoanalytic psychotherapy Ivan Leudar, Wes Sharrock, Shirley Truckle, Thomas Colombino, Jacqueline Hayes and Kevin Booth
    10. A psychotherapist's view of conversation analysis Ulrich Streeck
    11. A review of conversational practices of psychotherapy Sanna Vehviläinen, Anssi Peräkylä, Charles Antaki and Ivan Leudar.

  • Resources for

    Conversation Analysis and Psychotherapy

    General Resources

    Welcome to the resources site

    Here you will find free-of-charge online materials to accompany this book. The range of materials we provide across our academic and higher education titles are an integral part of the book package whether you are a student, instructor, researcher or professional.

    Find resources associated with this title

    Type Name Unlocked * Format Size

    Showing of

    Back to top

    *This title has one or more locked files and access is given only to instructors adopting the textbook for their class. We need to enforce this strictly so that solutions are not made available to students. To gain access to locked resources you either need first to sign in or register for an account.

    These resources are provided free of charge by Cambridge University Press with permission of the author of the corresponding work, but are subject to copyright. You are permitted to view, print and download these resources for your own personal use only, provided any copyright lines on the resources are not removed or altered in any way. Any other use, including but not limited to distribution of the resources in modified form, or via electronic or other media, is strictly prohibited unless you have permission from the author of the corresponding work and provided you give appropriate acknowledgement of the source.

    If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

  • Editors

    Anssi Peräkylä, University of Helsinki

    Charles Antaki, Loughborough University

    Sanna Vehviläinen, University of Helsinki

    Ivan Leudar, University of Manchester


    Willam B. Stiles, Anssi Peräkylä, Charles Antaki, Sanna Vehviläinen, Ivan Leudar, Fabrizio Bercelli, Federico Rossano, Maurizio Viaro, John Rae, Clare MacMartin, Mia Halonen, Wes Sharrock, Shirley Truckle, Thomas Colombino, Jacqueline Hayes, Kevin Booth, Ulrich Streeck

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.