Conversational Model

The Conversational Model evolved from the collaborative work of Robert Hobson (who gave the model its name) and Russell Meares in London, in the 1960's with patients suffering from severe personality disorders and who were mostly considered untreatable.

It is based on the central idea that self develops in certain forms of relatedness and that trauma impedes the development of self.

The Conversational Model is an integrative model combining psychoanalytic understanding with research in the fields of trauma, early development, memory, linguistics and brain dynamics, in a way that is applicable in day-to-day psychotherapeutic practice.