- Subject index
Are you interested in the field of counselling and psychotherapy or just starting out in your training? Trying to get to grips with the many different approaches and decide which are right for you? This book can help! An ideal introductory text that assumes no prior knowledge, leading authors in the field provide overviews of 26 counselling and psychotherapy approaches in accessible, jargon-free terms. Each approach is discussed using the same framework to enable easy comparison and evaluation, covering: • Development of the Therapy • Theory and Basic Concepts • Practice • Which Clients Benefit Most? • Case study Four further chapters offer an insight into the therapeutic relationship, working with diversity, professional issues, and research, while resources such as suggested reading, discussion issues, appendices of further information and a comprehensive glossary help you consolidate your learning. So look no further if you want to know the differences between counselling and psychotherapy, compare psychodynamic and psychoanalytic theories, discover how constructivist approaches can be applied in practice, learn about third wave CBT therapies, or just get an general overview of the field; this second edition of a bestseller gives you a whirlwind tour of the breadth, complexity, fascination and problems of the field of counselling and psychotherapy.
Chapter 15: Gestalt Therapy
Gestalt psychotherapy is an approach to counselling and psychotherapy located within the humanistic and existential tradition drawing also from phenomenology and field theory. Humanistic psychology stresses the importance of a person’s own inborn capacity for growth and change. Existentialism stresses the responsibility people have for their own lives and their choices. Phenomenology gives precedence to the subjective experience of the individual as their ‘truth’. Field theory moves beyond the simplistic Newtonian linear concept of ‘cause and effect’ to admit all parts of a person’s field as worthy of study. Thus Gestalt psychotherapy takes account of what happens in the client’s world outside of therapy in the broader cultural, economic, socio-political and ecological systems that are seen as interconnected, interdependent ...