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This popular and well written book which is now in its 4th edition, provides an accessible and thorough introduction to the Gestalt approach. At the time she wrote this book, Petruska Clarkson brought an extensive experience both as a practitioner and trainer/supervisor to outline the theoretical and philosophical basis of Gestalt therapy. She provides an interesting framework using the cycle of awareness to explore ‘healthy’ and ‘dysfunctional’ functioning of the individual in relation to our environment.
An excellent overview of Gestalt Therapy. Up to date, and illustrated with a wealth of case material.
This book is slightly disappointing. The theory might be useful, to students who are studying Gestalt, but what our students would probably need from such a book would be more on the actual practice.
Students found this accessible and it suopports their understanding of gestalt methods and principles
Clearly written and appropriate to readers
Clarkson gives a good basic understanding of Gestalt principles and practice.
Excellent, practical book which enables the students to move through application of the practical skills. I have recommended this book to a colleague who teaches basic counselling skills as i think the book will benefit all students on that course. I have suggested students refer to it in Learning Disability and Mental Health practice also.
This book is excellent for either a quick reference book or for more in depth reading for Gestalt therapy would recommend this book for learners level 3 and above
A good updating of one of the original gestalt texts which focusses on tracking clinical issues through the concept of the cycle of experience.
This text provides a clear introduction to some of the important concepts within gestalt counselling. I am going to include on our recommended list for a module on therapeutic models. This will enhance students' awareness of alternative therapies and provide invaluable information for preparing academic assignments.
Insightful and motivational, and possessing a fund of ideas to work with counselling / non-counselling learners. A classic text for anyone studying or leaning towards Gestalt and/or Humanistic Counselling as a whole.
An excellent resource for our 2nd year diploma students. Highly recommend.
This is a great introductary text to Gesalt therapy. I liked the case studies and how the book relates reserach to practice as well as the discussions about new developments in the field..