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 13: With the Gestalt Therapist: A Case Example
With the Gestalt Therapist: A Case Example
The Setting and the Client
The therapist worked at a local authority service which offered short-term bereavement therapy. The client, Alice, was a 58-year-old married woman, who worked part-time as an occupational therapist. In her spare time she worked as a volunteer driver for ‘Meals on Wheels’. She had two children – a married son of 35, Michael, and a daughter, Fiona, who had died nearly a year earlier at the age of 32. Fiona had had epilepsy since childhood and had died of a seizure while in the bath and alone in her flat.
Alice was the youngest of four children, two of whom were the offspring of her father and his first ...