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 7: Understanding Gestalt Theories of Self and Their Implications
Understanding Gestalt Theories of Self and Their Implications
This section describes and illustrates various Gestalt theories of the self in relationship. If you don't enjoy theoretical discussion, you may prefer to skip straight to section 8.
Your view of the self must profoundly affect your approach to counselling and therapy and to the interventions you make at any given time. In this Part I describe some of the main Gestalt theories of the self (which relate to and further explore principle 5 of field theory: see Box 3.1, p. 49);1 and of relationship.
Intersubjective self as Changing Process in the Evolving Field
The founders of Gestalt (in particular Paul Goodman in Perls et al., 1994) proposed that the self is not ...