This pocket guide to modality approaches in counseling & psychotherapy is a one-stop-shop for trainees on introductory counseling courses. It describes 12 models of therapy, as well as introducing the origins of counseling and providing guidance and tips on practical issues like time-keeping, supervision, endings and boundaries. Each short approach-specific chapter has a consistent structure which allows easy comparison and cross-referencing between the modalities.

The chapters cover: Origins & background; Big names & big ideas; How the approach works & who it's for; Critical considerations; Identifying features; Reflection & summary; Learning ideas & suggested reading

This book is essential reading when choosing a professional counseling training in which to specialize, or if you just want an overview of other counseling modalities outside of your own.

Gestalt Therapy
Gestalt therapy
Origins and Background

Fritz Perls (1893–1970), a German psychiatrist and psychotherapist living in America, working with his wife Laura, developed Gestalt Therapy (1940s onwards).

This approach is based on Gestalt Psychology (Gestaltism) and Gestalt Theory, which appeared in the early years of the 20th century; they state that the operating principle of Gestalt is that the brain is holistic, i.e., like a system, as in people. It can't be explained by component parts alone; rather the system as a whole mainly determines how the parts behave.

The word Gestalt is German, meaning the essence of an entity's complete form. In English, we understand the term via the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle: ‘The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.’

The original therapy is known ...

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