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New to the bestselling Counselling in a Nutshell Series, this pocket-sized book is the beginners guide to the essentials of Gestalt Therapy, from its principles to practice. Assuming no previous knowledge of the subject, the book introduces: The origins of the approach; The key theory and concepts; The skills and techniques important to practice
Written in an accessible, jargon-free style, this book includes vivid case examples, end of chapter exercises and a glossary of terms to help aid understanding.
Chapter two: Theory of Gestalt Counselling
Theory of Gestalt Counselling
The theory itself is grounded in experience and observation; it has grown and changed with years of practice and application, and it is still growing. (Perls 1978: xiii)
Gestalt theory … demands that we stay close to the facts and repudiate descriptions leading to artificialities. (Kohler in Ellis 1938: 57)
The Counsellor's Task
My job as a gestalt counsellor is to raise awareness. As we sit together, my awareness of the client and his difficulties will grow by the minute, and my task will be to notice and respond to how he changes his awareness. [In this book I shall, for convenience, usually refer to counsellors as feminine gender, and clients as masculine.]
I am not there to persuade the client to ...