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 6: Wholeness: The Formation and Completion of Gestalts
Wholeness: The Formation and Completion of Gestalts
As we said in Chapter 1, the word ‘gestalt’ comes from the German and translates as ‘an organised whole’, and the whole precedes the parts. It means that the wholeness of something – an object, an idea, a situation or a person – is not only more than the sum of its parts but also different from those parts.
As you are reading this book, you are forming gestalts or wholes. Each word is made up of letters but, unless you are just learning to read or are unfamiliar with a particular word, you will not be sounding out each letter but allowing your eyes to take in each word as a whole. ...