A dialogue between focusing and relational perspectives.

Mick Cooper, Akira Ikemi

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This paper explores the question 'What is dialogue?' and its relevance to therapeutic practice through a dialogically structured conversation between two members of the person-centered and experiential community: Akira Ikemi, a leading advocate of focusing; and Mick Cooper, who is associated with a relational person-centered stance. The conversation begins with the question of whether dialogue in therapy is synonymous with a co-explication, by client and therapist, of their felt senses, and the implications that this might have for therapeutic practice. It then considers the roles that unconditional positive regard, agreement and disagreement may have in facilitating—and inhibiting—dialogical processes. This is expanded through a consideration of other factors that may facilitate dialogue, including a stance of indefiniteness, affirming dissensus, and an openness to being changed by the Other. Throughout the dialogue, a recurring theme is the togetherness, or separateness, of human be
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)124 - 136
JournalPerson-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • relational perspective, therapeutic practice, experiential community, 2012, Client Centered Therapy, Psychotherapeutic Processes, Psychotherapy, 2012

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