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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.

Attending to the Ground from Which Figures of Contact Arise
Attending to the ground from which figures of contact arise

In this part of the book I look at the limitations of prioritising highly contactful, episodic pieces of work and the need to address the complexities of the ground from which such work arises. I suggest some ways of helping clients to make connections between episodes of therapeutic work. I discuss the concepts of support and of life themes, introduce the idea of identifying and unravelling interconnected life patterns of perceiving, and I discuss the need to help some individuals to develop greater cohesion, flexibility and continuity.

As soon as we attend to ‘aspects of the structure of the ground’, these will of course immediately cease to ...

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