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What was Fritz Perls' overall contribution to Gestalt therapy? Why does Clarkson believe that Perls was the most important founding developer and disseminator of Gestalt therapy? Clarkson answers these and many other questions by examining Gestalt therapy as an immensely influential approach to therapy and counseling. Written by a leading authority on Gestalt therapy, Petruska Clarkson analyzes Perls' life and career, his major theoretical and practical contributions, the criticisms of his work, and his overall influences on psychotherapy. Fritz Perls is an ideal resource for professionals and students in psychiatry, psychology, counseling, and social work who wish to have a better understanding of Gestalt therapy.

Major Contributions to Theory
Major contributions to theory

All of Perls’ ideas are interwoven and cannot be understood in isolation from each other. The very essence of Perls’ contribution to the theory of psychotherapy is the holistic notion that everything is related to everything else; that all things and beings are mutually dependent upon one another; and that a whole theory is more than the sum of its individual parts. Describing Perls’ theoretical position therefore poses a challenge which is intrinsic and peculiar to the position itself. An understanding of any single aspect of his theory requires and presupposes a simultaneous understanding of the other aspects, and indeed of the whole.

Perls and his colleagues seem to have faced a similar challenge when trying to organize Gestalt ...

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