Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Seikkula, Jaakko

  • Mary OlsonEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_1003


Jaakko Seikkula is a Finnish professor of psychotherapy, researcher, international lecturer, and therapist known for his innovative work on psychosis and severe depression. Trained as a clinical psychologist and family therapist, he is recognized principally as the developer of open dialogue, a family and social network practice that has shown impressive outcomes for severe psychiatric crises (e.g., first-episode psychosis). While serving as chief psychologist at Keropudas Hospital in Tornio, Finland from 1985 to 1998, Seikkula developed the open dialogueapproach as part of a team that included psychiatrists Jukka Aaltonen and Birgitta Alakare. In 1998, he left his clinical position at the hospital and entered full-time university teaching and research. His subsequent university research has continued to make significant contributions to the understanding of dialogical transformation in psychotherapy. He has authored and co-authored over 160 academic journal articles and...

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  1. Aaltonen, J., Seikkula, J., & Lehtinen, K. (2011). Comprehensive open-dialogue approach I: The incidence of non-affective and psychosis and prodromal states. Psychosis, 3(3), 179–191.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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  9. Seikkula, J., Karvonen, A., Kykyri, V., Kaartinen, J., & Penttonen, M. (2015). The embodied attunement of therapists and a couple within dialogical psychotherapy. Family Process, 54(4), 703–715.PubMedCrossRefPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Dialogic PracticeNew YorkUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Margarita Tarragona
    • 1
  • Bahareh Sahebi
    • 2
  1. 1.PositivaMente & Grupo Campos ElíseosMexico CityMexico
  2. 2.The Family InstituteNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA