Supportive yet challenging, this volume contains 30 useful hints and reminders to help both students and professionals in counseling examine and improve key areas of ther work. Developing Gestalt Counseling encourages counselors to focus on areas that they feel need special attention by covering topics such as relationship and dialogue, assessment in the Gestalt approach; contact, awareness, proactivity, and responsibility; and experimental and creative methods. Author Jennifer Mackewn provides an easy-to-read and informative book for readers who are already familiar with the fundamentals of counseling and have begun work with clients in counseling psychology and social work settings.
Chapter 16: Integrating Creative Imagination and Experiments
Integrating Creative Imagination and Experiments
Gestalt counselling and psychotherapy are intrinsically creative processes which enable both you and clients to tap into your inherent inventiveness in order to heal the past, expand your experience, transcend the limits you have habitually set upon yourselves and transform your sense of time and possibility. Part VI describes some of the ways in which you can work creatively and experimentally by using your imagination and intuition and introducing metaphor, fantasy, visualisation and play, and synthesising these naturally into the overall flow of the counselling or therapy process.
Creativity and Holistic Functioning
Many of us have been taught to value very highly the human processes of cognitive deduction, rational investigation, verbal explanation and scientific objectivity – all activities ...