Brief Gestalt Therapy
- Gaie Houston - Gestalt Centre, London
Brief Therapies series
As she points out Gestalt is better equipped than many mainstream therapies to be applied to situations with extreme time constraints because it is both flexible and it acknowledges the part that can be played by other therapies. But what propels Houston's book out of the hum drum - or indeed the defensive (or offensive) diatribes about short therapy which have appeared over the past few years - is her vivid accounts of real-life sessions, both one to one and group, which punctuate the text' - Amazon Review
Brief Gestalt Therapy demonstrates how the Gestalt approach can be used effectively in brief interventions with clients. Gestalt's distinctively integrative nature and emphasis on a highly co-operative working alliance, make it particularly suited to brief work.
The book sets out the basic theory and principles of Gestalt and looks at each phase of the therapeutic process from initial assessment through the beginning and middle stages to the ending of the work. It presents clear, practical strategies for therapists to follow and in particular examines:
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Brief Gestalt Therapy includes vignettes and detailed case studies which bring the theory alive. It will contribute much to both existing literature on Gestalt therapy and also brief therapy, and will be invaluable to trainee and practising Gestalt therapists.
We found this book on gestalt very informative. The explanations of the uses of Gestalt therapy and explores the theory of the therapy.
Did not find this book to be helpful at this level of learning - perhaps for more experienced practitioners.
This book takes the reader through the phases/stages of counselling briefly with Gestalt, and highlights the creativity and responsiveness of Gestalt. The case studies offer examples of use, and the book delivers a wide range of potential interventions. Throughout there are examples of how a structured and more time focussed frame can work well with Gestalt. Recommended reading.
I found this book to be clear on the process of BGT and very insightful. I recommend this book to both experienced therapists and students.
This is a very helpful book with some provocative content that one expects from this author. She gives good overviews though argumenty for Gestalt as a brief therapy is not convincing. However, her chapter on Gestalt Assessment is the best I have seen so far.