Dr George Lianos is a Senior Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist who has practised psychotherapy for more than 30 years. He is a foundation member of ANZAP and has lectured and supervised throughout Australia and New Zealand. He has been a Clinical Lecturer and Supervisor in both the ANZAP training program, and the Sydney University Master of Medicine/Science (Psychotherapy) training program for more than 20 years. His recent interests include the relationship between phenomenology and theory. In particular, his concerns are about how theory becomes independent of the phenomena it purports to explain, in a manner which makes the application of a theory more important than understanding the phenomena themselves. As a result, clinicians may feel pressure to demonstrate their theoretical prowess ahead of their caring and compassion. He is currently engaged in private practice in the Sydney CBD and the Central Coast of NSW where he primarily focuses on individual and couple therapy.