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 10: Working in the Dialogic Relationship
Working in the Dialogic Relationship
Yontef and Simkin (1989) say, ‘Awareness and dialogue are the two primary therapeutic tools in Gestalt.’ The ‘dialogic’ or ‘dialogical relationship’ indicates a particular form of encounter that seems to differ from the phenomenological method in that it requires the therapist and coach to bring their whole self to the relational contact with a genuine desire to meet the other person, knowing that both will change in the meeting. Hycner and Jacobs (1995, 2008) and others, have developed Buber's (1958 ) work on the ‘I–Thou dialogue’, identifying the qualities, which, ideally, practitioners will bring to the therapy and coaching relationship. This form of relating is in contrast to the ‘I–It’ relationship, seeing the other person objectively ...