#MM10 – Q&A Mondays with Moshe Lang: Humour in Therapy

This is Episode 10 of the Q and A series with psychologist Moshe Lang.  Moshe is one of Australia’s best known family therapists, a renowned author and teacher.  He has been practicing psychotherapy for over 52 years and is insatiably curious, and wonderfully wise.

This week's series of questions are from me, on the topic of using humour in therapy.

More info on Moshe

Moshe Lang was born in Israel and migrated to Australia in 1961. He studied psychology at the University of Melbourne and is currently the Director of the Williams Road Psychotherapy Centre.

Between 1965 and 1979 Moshe was the senior psychologist at the Bouverie Clinic and Director of Training.  In 1975, during a sabbatical, he worked in Ramat-Chen Mental Health Clinic in Israel. In 1979, he founded Williams Road Family Therapy Centre, the first independent family therapy centre in Australia. He remained involved with the Centre until 2012.

Moshe was the Foundation President of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy (1979-1988), and from 1982 to 1984 was President of the Victorian Association of Family Therapists (now known as Australian Association of Family Therapy).  He is a Life Member of the Australian Association of Family Therapy (1992).

Moshe has co-authored a variety of books based on his therapeutic work that are highly regarded and have been extensively reviewed and translated to Hebrew and French.  More recently he released a highly praised DVD titled Behind Closed Doors, providing the viewers, both professional and general public alike, with the opportunity to see him at work.

Recommended Resources

To learn more about Moshe visit to his website – http://moshelang.com.au


  • Corrupting the Young and Other Stories of a Family Therapist – Moshe Lang
  • Resilience: Stories of a Family Therapist – Moshe Lang (with Tesse Lang)
  • A Family in Therapy and The Answer Within – Moshe Lang (with Peter McCallum)
  • Behind Closed Doors, (DVD) – Moshe Lang doing couples therapy!

Feedback and Comments

This is the final episode for this series.  At this stage we're not sure if we'll continue in it's current format. If you have any ideas or suggestions we'd love to here from you.  As always, leave us a comment or some feedback about the episode too!

Amy Felman


  1. Tanya on April 7, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    I hope there will be more of these interviews, I love them. Just found your podcast and binge-listened all the Moshe conversations over about 2 weeks. I’m Australian and live in Hong Kong. I’m not a psychologist, I’m just really interested in conversations that transform lives.
    I’m a high school teacher in a local Chinese low-socio-economic type school. (Schools here are graded by academic level of the kids). Child stress, self-harm and suicide are hot issues here right now. I’m considering a Masters in Expressive Arts Therapy – I found your podcast in my ‘I wonder what psychology is?’ research.

    • Amy Felman on May 16, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      Hi Tanya,

      Thanks for reaching out. I love that we fall into the category of “conversations that change lives.” Your work sounds really interesting/challenging. A Masters in Expressive Arts Therapy sounds fascinating!
      I hope to be doing more interview with Moshe in the future.


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