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 3: The Relationship in Gestalt Practice
The Relationship in Gestalt Practice
We believe that the health and growth of human beings are best facilitated in the context of a relationship. Probably the most important thing a practitioner can offer to clients is a willingness to see, hear and accept them as they are, without preconception, expectation or judgement. By paying respectful attention to our clients’ thoughts, feelings and behaviour, we invite them to do the same for themselves. We encourage them to become aware of themselves and express themselves as fully as they are able at that time. We act as a witness and in so doing provide confirmation of who they are. As Joseph Zinker said: ‘Our deepest, most profound stirrings of self-appreciation, self-love and self-knowledge ...