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.

The Overall Influence of Fritz Perls

The overall influence of Fritz Perls


This chapter discusses the influence of Fritz Perls upon the subsequent theory and practice of Gestalt therapy and upon the overall field of psychotherapy and counselling. The first part of the chapter appraises the influence of Perls upon theory and practice in Gestalt. It describes his general role as co-founder and disseminator of Gestalt therapy; it then examines his practical impact upon the reputation and practice of Gestalt, as well as upon the theory of Gestalt, arguing that in both cases his personal impact both helped and hindered the evolution of Gestalt. The second part of the chapter is a section on developments in Gestalt since Perls’ death in 1970. It describes some of ...

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