• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

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.


Phenomenological dialogue, discussed in the next chapter, is the foundation of the gestalt therapy way of making assessments, as well as doing much else. The story the client brings may be foreground for him, and certainly has its own importance. Besides attending to the content of what the client says, the gestalt therapist is alert to what is happening in the behaviour of the client and of herself: in breathing, posture, tension, voice tone, movements, hesitations and the thousand signs we all show each other when we meet, but often disregard as we attend to the content of a story. Process is how that story is told.

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