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 Practice

Major Contributions to Practice

Major contributions to practice

Fritz Perls’ most original strokes of genius were the practical contributions that he made to the field of psychotherapy. ‘As Alan Watts was a cultural hero at the intellectual level, Fritz was the same at the doing level of directly impinging on lives to an extent that is now being forgotten’ (Claudio Naranjo in Gaines, 1979: 331). Perls brought the holistic conception of the human being fully alive in therapy through a unique and unprecedented blend of awareness, active experimentation, visualization, fantasy, enactment, attention to language and all aspects of non-verbal behaviour, bodywork, intuition and thinking. Some of Perls’ practical contributions have been assimilated – as though by osmosis – into the overall field of psychotherapy, so that ...

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