History

About the Therapy

Open Dialogue facilitates network meetings between friends and family. It is a personalised, human centric, semi-structured, talk-therapy developed in Finland. The method is currently used across a variety of mental health distress, family disputes and in a corporate context.

Open Dialogue was developed in Tornio, Finland 30 years ago. It has its roots in family therapy, but opens up for the modern family and incorporates principles of equality, openness, honesty and genuineness. Since then, it has spread in Europe and reached America, Australia and 13 other countries. The initial research on the method and its principles has shown overwhelmingly positive results. As a result, the NHS is currently rolling out Open Dialogue. In addition, the largest randomised control trial (RCT) of the method in the world is being conducted by University College London (UCL). For people and therapists who experience the method, common feedback includes that this is the way they believe therapy should be conducted.

Sometimes when we feel bad, we don’t know how to reach out to others or even what to say. We can disconnect from those we care about because the alternative feels too hard. open Dialogue creates a space where we can get the support of friends and family along with facilitators who can help. It is a personalised, human centric, semi-structured, talk-therapy developed in Finland. The method has been successfully used with a variety of mental health distress, relationship issues and in a corporate context.

Open Dialogue was developed in Tornio, Finland 30 years ago. It has its roots in family therapy, but opens up for the modern family and incorporates principles of equality, openness, honesty and genuineness. Since then, it has spread in Europe and reached America, Asia and Australia. The initial research on the method and its principles has shown overwhelmingly positive results. As a result, the NHS is currently rolling out Open Dialogue. In addition, the largest randomised control trial (RCT) of the method in the world is being conducted by University College London (UCL).

We practise Open Dialogue with a very high fidelity to ensure optimal results. For people who experience the method, common feedback includes that this is the way they believe therapy should be conducted.