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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 Whole Person
Attending to the whole person
Forming a Holistic Impression of Clients in Relation to Others

A person is at all times a whole person, whose body, emotions, thoughts and perceptions function interrelatedly as one complex relational whole. You cannot divide a person into parts in order to study or treat that person without rendering meaningless the very entity you hope to get to know; for the whole is always more than and different from the sum of its parts. Gestalt's holistic approach affirms the complexity of persons and events within a ‘whole-making’ universe (Smuts, 1995) and, resisting reductionism, tries to include all the possibly relevant dimensions of the human beings who meet in the counselling or therapy situation. In this way Gestalt ...

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