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Gestalt Family Therapy

Gestalt family therapy is an application of relational Gestalt therapy, itself deriving from the basic insights of Gestalt psychology, viewing each person as a proactive, creative agent drawing on shared frames of reference and current awareness to interpret and adapt to perceived reality and challenge. These adaptations may be creative and flexible, building new creative solutions on the basis of previous experience, or they may be repetitive and “stuck,” locking individuals, families, and larger systems in unsatisfying or destructive behavior and outcomes. Gestalt therapy draws on relational support to provide the safety for relaxing and exploring the emotional dynamics of these “stuck” adaptive patterns, and experimenting with new, more satisfying solutions. This entry explores how Gestalt family therapy applies these insights and methods to developmental ...

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