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Skills in Gestalt Counselling & Psychotherapy

Third Edition


May 2014 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This practical guide to the Gestalt approach has successfully introduced thousands of trainee therapists to the essential skills needed in Gestalt practice. Now in its third edition, the book includes:

 

·          New chapters on working with trauma, and building client resources

·          New material on depression and anxiety

·          Expanded content on working with more challenging client issues

·          Integration of leading ideas from contemporary trauma therapies.

 

The authors offer practical guidance on the entire process of therapy including setting up the therapeutic session, creating a working alliance, assessment and treatment direction, managing risk, supervision, adopting a research approach, and managing difficult encounters.


 
Preface
 
PART ONE: GESTALT THERAPY IN PRACTICE
 
Preparing for the Journey
 
Phenomenology and Field Theory
 
Awareness
 
The Therapeutic Relationship
 
Assessment and Diagnosis
 
Treatment Considerations
 
Strengthening Support
 
Shame
 
Experimenting
 
Contact Styles: Modifications to Contact and Polarities
 
Unfinished Business
 
Transference and Counter-Transference
 
Embodied Process
 
Dreams
 
Self-Supervision
 
Ending the Journey
 
PART TWO: MANAGING CHALLENGING ENCOUNTERS
 
Assessing and Managing Risk
 
Resourcing the Client
 
Depression and Anxiety
 
Trauma Part 1: Assessing and Stabilizing
 
Trauma Part 2: Processing and Integrating
 
PART THREE: GESTALT PRACTICE IN CONTEXT
 
Brief Therapy
 
The Reflective Practitioner: Research in Gestalt
 
Diversity, Culture and Ethics
 
Spiritual Counselling
 
References
 
Index

This brilliant, well-written and inspiring book is a real joy to read and I would highly recommend it to experienced counsellors, counselling students and counselling trainers alike. The authors skilfully bring together theory and practice, giving case examples and making helpful suggestions of exercises to engage the reader in the process of learning. The book is very thorough, including topics such as working with dreams, trauma and a chapter on research. The authors give an overview of the whole counselling process which would be helpful for anyone interested in counselling, even if not specifically gestalt counselling.

Mrs Hilary McNair
Kent Adult Education, Kent Adult Education
February 19, 2015

We have recomended this book to our learners as something to help them in their learning and development of gestalt therapy in their own practice.
A good read, not too overly technical.

Mr Peter Trowsdale
Counselling, West Herts College
January 8, 2015

A fabulous update to an invaluable skills guide on Gestalt Therapy

Mrs Julie Wyman
Book Reviews, Devon Counselling College
August 12, 2014

This publication is essential for any student of the Gestalt approach. It is easily asscessible and the case studies bring the theory alive in the way a lecturer would.

Mr Richard Carroll
Faculty of Professional and Vocational Studies, Guildford College
July 11, 2014

Practical and well-informed

Mr Keith Walmsley-Smith
Psychology & Mental Health, Staffordshire University
June 5, 2014

This book will support a module on therapeutic models providing an essential understanding of the skills and approach of the gestalt model.

Mr Adrian Easton
Department of Health & Social Studies, Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
May 11, 2014

Accessible and pragmatic, this is the book to tell you 'how to'. Supported throughout by the authors extensive experience, and written in a clear accessible style, Phil Joyce opens up the often perceived difficult landscape of Gestalt to all readers, including those embarking on their own voyages to understanding.

Mr Peter Lyon
Access To He, Doncaster College
May 6, 2014

Vital reading for anyone wanting to learn about Gesalt counselling. The explanations are simple. The book is practical and covers all aspects of the therapy.

Angela Rowlands
Centre For Medical Education, Queen Mary, University of London
February 28, 2014
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- New material on other approaches and techniques that can be integrated into the Gestalt framework (sensory motor therapy; mindfulness; EMDR etc

- Two new chapters on trauma

- Expanded discussion of Managing Challenging Encounters and other evidence based techniques 

- Expanded discussion of shame

- New perspectives on treatment plans

- New perspectives on transference and counter-transference, include the authors’ own new model  

- The latest research

- Updated references

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One: Preparing for the Journey


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