The Conversational Model

The Conversational Model is an approach to psychodynamic psychotherapy, created by Professor Russell Meares and Dr Robert Hobson. This approach weaves together developmental psychology, cognitive theory, and attachment theory into a comprehensive relational framework. It highlights the critical role of early developmental trauma in shaping psychiatric conditions in adulthood and outlines strategies for therapeutic intervention across various stages, from short to long-term therapy.

Put simply, it’s a type of ‘talk therapy’ that aims to bring to light unconscious patterns of behaviour that may be causing mental distress or problems with interpersonal relationships.

Patients often present for therapy with everyday issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, and feelings of low self-esteem. Psychotherapy aims to get to the root causes of issues, rather than treating the symptoms. 

The Conversational Model has an established research base making it one of the best validated of all contemporary psychotherapies. It’s supported by positive outcomes in randomised controlled trials for a range of conditions, including depression, deliberate self-harm, complex somatic symptom disorders, and borderline personality disorder, cementing its status as one of the most thoroughly validated contemporary psychotherapeutic methods.

We offer individual psychotherapy sessions in our clinic or online via telehealth.