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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.


In Gestalt, we pay particular attention to awareness of our bodily presence and the physical incorporation and containment of our emotions and thoughts. This is a pillar of the Gestalt view of health, now fully supported by recent neuroscientific findings as a key factor in human growth and transformation (e.g. Siegel, 2010). When embodying experience, our bodies are alive and vibrant in the present moment. We are aware of our internal bodily sensations, physical expressions, gestures and posture, as well as the spontaneous nature of these in our responses to other people and the environment.

In our Western society, body experience is often considered as something separate from the ‘self’ of the person, as reflected in Descartes’ dictum ‘Cogito ergo sum’ (I think therefore I ...

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