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 2: An Overview of Gestalt Principles and Recent Developments
An Overview of Gestalt Principles and Recent Developments
As we have seen, the practice of Gestalt has grown from a synthesis of many approaches and philosophies and Gestalt theory itself is an example of a Gestalt: each element standing on its own, yet part of the integrated theory and practice of Gestalt. The Gestalt understanding of human beings is based upon a number of principles as shown in Figure 2.1 which we will explore further in Part II of this book.
Figure 2.1 Gestalt Principles
The Relationship in Gestalt Practice
Principle of Human Value
People are intrinsically neither good nor bad. We are what we are at any moment. The implication for the Gestalt practitioner is that we move away from ...