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An Introduction to Gestalt
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An Introduction to Gestalt



November 2012 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This thoroughly revised edition of Gestalt Counselling introduces the fundamental concepts of Gestalt and systematically demonstrates how to apply and use these in practice. Taking a relational perspective, the expert authors explore how Gestalt can be used in a wide variety of 'helping conversations' from counseling, psychotherapy and coaching to mentoring, managing, consulting and guiding. After placing Gestalt in its current socio-political context, each chapter

  • Defines a major concept
  • Provides everyday examples and illustrative vignettes from a variety of settings to bring the theory to life and suggest how that concept may be usefully applied
  • Includes exercises for readers to practice themselves and with their clients

A 'running case study' featuring ongoing coaching work moves throughout the book, and boxed summaries, diagrams, checklists and sources of further reading make this the ideal text for use in training. The accessible, engaging writing style will appeal to undergraduates and graduates alike.

This book is essential reading for Gestalt-based Counseling & Psychotherapy graduate degrees, as well as for any course in the allied health professions where Gestalt is the foundation.


 
PART ONE: BACKGROUND
 
A Brief History of Gestalt
 
An Overview of Gestalt Principles and Recent Developments
 
PART TWO: GESTALT THEORY
 
The Relationship in Gestalt Practice
 
Awareness
 
Embodiment
 
Wholeness
 
The InterConnectedness and the Field
 
PART THREE: GESTALT PRACTICE
 
Assessment and the Process of Change
 
Phenomenology and Awareness
 
Working in the Dialogic Relationship
 
Promoting Healthy Process
 
Experiments
Janice Scott
With the Gestalt Counsellor: A Case Example
 
Gestalt in Organizations: The Gestaltist as Coach or Consultant

A well organised and interesting book.

Mrs Cheryl Hine
Teacher Training, Leeds City College
November 28, 2012

This is an ideal accompaniment for our DTLLS programme and I will be using this when we look at theories of teaching & learning. More of a reference book and requires careful reading so that learners can see how Gestalt has a positive impact on teaching and learning.

Mrs Karen Gray
Teacher Education, Simply-Training
November 11, 2012

A valuable addition as a course textbook. Clear and well laid out with good learning exercises.
However, the addition of application to coaching clients and consequent coaching vignettes makes it less relevant in places to a psychotherapy course.

Phil Joyce
Psychology , Metanoia Institute
November 1, 2012
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