Lothar Duda, Dipl.-Psych.
Psychologischer Psychotherapeut (PP)
Phone: 0231 – 14 28 92
In retrospect Lothar likes to connect his first major encounter with the multiplicity of human life to the two years he spend as a student at the United World College of the Atlantic in Wales in the late 1970’s. It has to be admitted though that back then he was still pretty much under the spell of a rather naive-realistic/positivistic world view, but change was coming his way. While Lothar studied psychology at the Ruhr-University Bochum he became a member of the `Bochumer Arbeitsgruppe für Sozialen Konstruktivismus und Wirklichkeitsprüfung´, or BOAG (www.boag.de), and from within this academic subculture a connection was made to Ken and Mary Gergen, resulting in an eight month visit at Swarthmore College, PA. Lothar has enjoyed looking at life through a social constructionist perspective ever since.
After working as a research assistant and a free lance teacher and trainer in the 1990’s, he finally settled down professionally as a psychotherapist in his own practice, offering clients and colleagues dialogues that include narratives from fields such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, systemic family therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy as well as literature and movies. Lothar also likes to share these areas of interest with his friends and colleagues Manfred Wiesner and Eugene Epstein, and for more than fifteen years they have collaborated with an emphasis on exploring new ways of utilizing popular media to illustrate social constructionist ideas at conferences and workshops.
Currently, Lothar fosters a special interest regarding the question what constructions, languages and stories will become possible if we manage to move beyond the traditional therapeutic discourses that have so widely pervaded our societies.