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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.

Gestalt Dialogue
Gestalt dialogue

A major method in gestalt suffers from the unfortunately long-winded name phenomenological dialogue. In the vignettes in the last chapter some of what was quoted was an example of this.

Even before beginning an explanation of this unfortunate phrase, it may be useful to look searchingly at some of the ways we use and construct language. Persona, or person, is a word made up of two Latin ones: per means through, and sona means sounds. This is a startling statement, a long way from Descartes’ cogito ergo sum. It is saying that we are somehow registering ourselves here in the world through our sounds, our speech. Speech is a major way of communicating with each other. The self is forged in interaction. So ...

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