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This comprehensive, topically arranged text provides a contemporary account of counseling theories as practiced by internationally acclaimed experts in the field. Each chapter covers the way mindfulness, strengths-based positive psychology, and the common factors model is integrated into the theory. A special emphasis on evidence-based practice helps readers prepare for their work in the field. Key Features  • The text focuses on how each theory presents a useful and effective basis for contemporary practice, providing students with the most up-to-date scholarship on current theories and how these theories guide the practice of today’s counselors and psychotherapists.  • Chapters are written by internationally acclaimed experts offering a truly global and complete perspective of the field.  • Discussion of the pros and cons of each theoretical approach allows students to ...

Contemporary Gestalt Therapy: An Early Case of Theoretical Integration Come of Age
Contemporary Gestalt Therapy: An Early Case of Theoretical Integration Come of Age
Philip Brownell New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy and European Association for Gestalt Therapy

In this chapter, I describe contemporary gestalt therapy as evolved from the classic model commonly attributed to Frederick and Laura Perls, Paul Goodman, and Isadore From. I briefly describe foundational theory in the classic model of gestalt therapy, followed by the core theoretical constructs of contemporary gestalt therapy, including how they are applied therapeutically. A case study exemplifies some common therapeutic interactions. I conclude the chapter by discussing the research support for gestalt therapy and the integration of common factors, mindfulness, positive psychology, and multiculturalism.

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