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Gestalt Counselling in Action

Gestalt Counselling in Action

Fourth Edition

October 2013 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Simon Cavicchia has oriented Clarkson’s seminal work of Gestalt Counselling in Action within a more contemporary context, adding voices of significant and divergent thinkers as counter-point and extensions of the author’s work.
Michael Clemmens, Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, USA

This popular and well written book which is now in its 4th edition provides an accessible and thorough introduction to the Gestalt approach.
Danny Porter, Manchester Gestalt Centre

Now 24 years old with over 40,000 copies sold worldwide, Petruska Clarkson’s classic text is the definitive introduction to Gestalt therapy. This fourth edition, updated by Simon Cavicchia, covers the latest in Gestalt theory, research and practice. It includes:

  • An extended case study running through the book to help you understand the process of therapy and the techniques used in each of the phases.
  • Learning features and case examples translating theory into practice.
  • New ‘reflection sections’ showing you the most recent developments in the field.
  • New material on the relational turn and research.

As a student of Gestalt therapy, this is the one book you need to buy; it offers a uniquely practical and accessible approach to an often complex topic.

Petruska Clarkson was a professor and fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Petruska sadly passed away in 2006.

Simon Cavicchia is a primary tutor on the MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy and Joint Programme Leader of the MSc in Coaching Psychology/MA in Psychological Coaching, both at Metanoia Institute, London.

Introduction to Gestalt
Fundamentals of the Gestalt Approach to Counselling
The Cycle of Experience and its Application to the Counselling Process
Interruptions in the Cycle
Sensation and the Necessary Preconditions for Counselling
Awareness and the Initial Phases of the Counselling Process
Mobilisation and the post-preliminary phases of the counselling process
Action and the middle phases of the counselling process
Final contact and the later phases of the counselling process
Satisfaction and the penultimate phases of the counselling process
Withdrawal and the final phases of the counselling process
Responsibility and freedom in counselling
Concluding reflections on gestalt's future frontiers and integrations

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.

Mr Peter Lyon
Access to HE, Doncaster College
November 22, 2013

An excellent resource for our 2nd year diploma students. Highly recommend.

Mrs Susan Draper-Todkill
Counselling, South Nottingham College
November 13, 2013

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..

Angela Rowlands
Centre for Medical Education, Queen Mary, University of London
November 4, 2013