Gestalt Therapy helps people focus on their thoughts, feelings and behaviour to better understand the way they are able to communicate and relate to other people. It offers support to help explore feelings and to deeply understand personal relationships so clients can begin to make practical changes.
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Counselling in the 21st Century
As technology develops so does the flexibility and the availability of counsellors.
The updated fourth edition of Skills in Gestalt Counselling & Psychotherapy features a chapter which explores virtual therapy.
Use the sheet below to assess your clients using the Gestalt approach.
A Gestalt diagnosis is an understanding or assessment of all the ways the client makes meaning and contact with their world
Responsibility and Freedom
The first responsibility of any counsellor is to follow the Hippocratic dictum of ‘doing no harm’.
Gestalt Counselling in Action provides a solid footing in understanding that Gestalt is not so much an approach to counselling and psychotherapy as a way of life.
Environmental contact and neurotic mechanisms
The gestalt cycle of experience (or formation and destruction cycle) is another key concept in gestalt, and a useful metaphorical means of illustrating contact and loss of contact with the environment. It assumes that healthy human experience is based on the formation of figure (needs) against the ground (environment) in a responsive and free-flowing way. However, problems occur when this process is disrupted. Early human relational experience is assumed to be important in setting patterns in this process.
We can consider each of the ways in which contact with our environment can be disrupted:
Extract taken from An Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy by Andrew Reeves (2nd Edition)