Jaakko Seikkula

Jaakko Seikkula is Professor of Psychotherapy at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland.

From 1981 to 1998 he was Chief Psychologist at Keropudas hospital in Tornio, Finland, and was instrumental in the development of the Open Dialogue approach there. Over the last 30 years he has mostly been involved in developing new family and social network orientated practices for the most severe psychiatric problems, such as psychosis and severe depression.

He has played a leading role in research into Open Dialogue and related approaches, and has published numerous papers on the outcome of these studies, which show the effectiveness of open dialogues and other dialogical practices.

He is co-author of the books Dialogical Meetings in Social Networks and Open Dialogues and Anticipations.