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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.

Understanding the Dialogic Relationship and Developing a Person to Person Dialogue
Understanding the dialogic relationship and developing a person to person dialogue

The dialogic relationship encompasses several specialised and interrelated aspects of the therapeutic relationship, including a person to person relationship, a working alliance and the transferential relationship. All these aspects of the dialogic relationship inevitably and necessarily encompass both a subjective, person to person (‘I–Thou’) and a more objective (‘I–It’) attitude, as well as the rhythmic alternation between the two styles of relating, although the ‘I–Thou’ attitude is of course more prevalent in the person to person dialogue while an ‘I–It’ attitude is more prevalent in transferential phenomena.1

In this section I discuss the dialogic relationship and its principal components – the person to person dialogue, ...

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