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 23: Appreciating the Wisdom of ‘Resistance’, While Exploring the Impasse
Appreciating the Wisdom of ‘Resistance’, While Exploring the Impasse
Gestalt has its own unique perspective on the concept of ‘resistance’ in counselling and therapy.1 This perspective appreciates the creative wisdom, as well as the limitations, of ‘resistance’; emphasises the importance of moments of impasse between the impetus for growth and resistance to growth; and acknowledges the interpersonal dimension of ‘resistance’ as it arises between therapist and clients.
Appreciating the Creative Wisdom of ‘Resistance’
‘Resistance’ has been seen as the client's unconscious ambivalence about the therapeutic process, about their own wish for change and/or about the counsellor. Clients are initially likely to embrace the therapeutic counselling process which they have sought but fairly soon demonstrate some form of ambivalence or inner ...