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 27: Attending to Continuity, Assimilation and Completion
Attending to Continuity, Assimilation and Completion
Reinforcement, Connection and Continuity
Change does not usually occur quickly or immediately. Even when clients have flashes of insight and suddenly reconfigure the way they see themselves or the world, these inspirations often need to be repeated by further similar ones before people assimilate their new perspective. You will often find that clients need to do similar work over time that repeats new emotional experiences and reinforces the insights and learning that they have gained. As Melnick and Nevis tell us: ‘The interventions [Page 193]must occur many times before any long lasting changes occur’ (1992: 65).
You may need to notice and attend to the continuity between sessions and to the continuity in the client's sense of ...