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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.

Awareness
Awareness

Awareness is at the heart of both the theory and practice of Gestalt counselling. Gary Yontef says: ‘In Gestalt therapy, the only goal is awareness’ (Yontef and Simkin, 1989: 337; emphasis in original). Awareness is the full recognition of our experience: of what we are feeling, thinking and doing in the present moment and what is happening around us as it is happening. Erving and Miriam Polster (1974: 211) state that awareness is ‘… a continuous process for keeping up to date with one's self ’ and Yontef describes it as: ‘… a form of experience that may be loosely defined as being in touch with one's own existence, with what is’ (1993: 144; emphasis in original). Put like this, it sounds obvious and ...

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