This thoroughly revised edition of Gestalt Counselling introduces the fundamental concepts of Gestalt and systematically demonstrates how to apply and use these in practice. Taking a relational perspective, the expert authors explore how Gestalt can be used in a wide variety of ‘helping conversations’ from counseling, psychotherapy and coaching to mentoring, managing, consulting and guiding. After placing Gestalt in its current socio-political context, each chapter: Defines a major concept; Provides everyday examples and illustrative vignettes from a variety of settings to bring the theory to life and suggest how that concept may be usefully applied; Includes exercises for readers to practice themselves and with their clients
A ‘running case study’ featuring ongoing coaching work moves throughout the book, and boxed summaries, diagrams, checklists and sources of further reading make this the ideal text for use in training. The accessible, engaging writing style will appeal to undergraduates and graduates alike.
This book is essential reading for Gestalt-based Counseling & Psychotherapy graduate degrees, as well as for any course in the allied health professions where Gestalt is the foundation.
Chapter 1: A Brief History of Gestalt
A Brief History of Gestalt
In this first chapter we will provide some context to the emergence of Gestalt therapy and Gestalt as a philosophy for living our daily lives. If you are new to Gestalt, we suggest that you turn first to Part II. This will give you a better idea of the immediacy of the Gestalt approach. Later, you could return to Part I in order to see where it all came from.
The Gestalt approach to therapy was first developed by Frederick Perls (known as Fritz) with his wife, Laura, and other colleagues, in particular Paul Goodman. They brought together a number of different psychological concepts and approaches to develop a method of working with people that was a ...