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.

Criticisms and Rebuttals

Criticisms and rebuttals


The purpose of this chapter is to review some of the assessments and criticisms of Fritz Perls’ theory and practice. We have chosen to examine the opinions of authors whose work has reached a wide audience and has therefore had the most effect in influencing how Perls is seen. The four main sources of assessment and criticism discussed are Kovel (1976, reprinted 1991), Masson (1989), Dublin (1977) and Yalom (1980; 1985). Kovel and Yalom are the authors of widely read reference books and Masson is the author of a much publicized attack on the whole field of psychotherapy, including Fritz Perls and Gestalt therapy; so it is therefore from these sources that many students of psychotherapy and members of the ...

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