Beginner’s Mind in Psychotherapy

October 2014
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This article offers some reflections on how my practice as a systemic psychotherapist has been influenced by my interests in Appreciative Inquiry (AI) and Zen Buddhism. The discussion will particularly focus on how these influences inform my thinking about the therapeutic relationship. From Zen, the idea of ‘beginner’s mind’ is helpful in enhancing appreciative curiosity within the therapist


Author: Alex Reed

Dr Alex Reed is a psychotherapist in independent practice. Until recently he worked in NHS psychiatric services in the north east of England, and is inter­ested in the applications of social constructionist approaches such as AI in this context. Alex also prac­tices Soto Zen Buddhism.

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