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Gestalt Therapy

Gestalt Therapy
Therapy of the Situation

February 2012 | 168 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This seminal textbook on Gestalt therapy refreshes the theory of Gestalt therapy revisiting its European roots. Taking the basic premise that people do the best they can in relation to their own situation - a thoroughly Gestalt idea - leading European therapist Georges Wollants explains Gestalt theory and provides a useful critique of commonly taught concepts.

- Each section approaches a key area of psychotherapy theory in context, while chapter summaries, illustrations and worked-through case examples help to make the theory accessible to all those training in Gestalt therapy.

- Commentaries from current experts in different areas of Gestalt provide a balanced overview of Gestalt therapy today.

- The author brings in his extensive knowledge of European philosophers and psychologists to offer a unique insight into Gestalt therapy.

A readable, engaging clarification of Gestalt theory and practice, this will be a worthy addition to any trainee's reading list; not only in humanistic and integrative counselling and psychotherapy but also pastoral care in wider mental health training.

From a Mono-Personal Approach to a Therapy of the Situation
The Developing Situation
Damaging Situations - Disordered Person-World Interactions
Concepts of Gestalt Therapy Revised
The Bodying Forth of the Situation
The Therapeutic Situation in Practice

A useful readable publication for those wishing to obtain an overview of the key features of Gestalt therapy. Useful for students/trainees and I would recommend.

James Porter
Faculty of Health, Education, & Wellbeing, Wolverhampton University
August 5, 2014

An interesting and well constructed overview of Gestalt Therapy.

Mrs Suzan Flannery
Counselling, Bromley College of FE & HE
November 21, 2013

very interesting for students
development of self awareness.

Helping sudents to identify own needs.

Written well and clear without confusing text to students

Ms Annetta Bowden
Counselor Education , Canterbury College
April 11, 2013

We will be recommending this book to our first year students on the Diploma as a valuable addition to our booklist. It clearly provides a balanced overview.

Mrs Susan Draper-Todkill
Counselling, South Nottingham College
March 19, 2013

Wollants is a Belgian Gestalt therapist, supervisor and trainer. This book is a culmination of his many years of learning and experience and is a must-read for any student of Gestalt theory and practice, whether in the fields of psychotherapy or organisational work.

In this book Wollants clarifies an essential aspect of Gestalt theory which is the indivisibility of the person in his or her environment and in doing so, sheds light on a much confused term of ‘field’ and adopting the term of ‘situation’ instead.

Wollant reminds us first of Gestalt’s European Roots and from that stance critiques aspects of Gestalt’s founding book by Perls, Hefferline and Goodman, Gestalt Therapy: Excitement and growth in the Human Personality (1951/1994).

Dr Marie-Anne Chidiac
Department of Psychology, Middlesex University
November 2, 2012

This book was essential for part of the level 3 counselling course, clearly written and supportive

Teresa Johnson
Health, Social Care & Access Dept, Swindon College
September 6, 2012

Wollants emphasises a specific aspect of gestalt psychotherapy theory that I believe is essential to a full appreciation: namely the emergence of figures from ground/context.

Traditionally there was a strong tendency for therapy, coaching, consulting work to be 'figure bound'; paying attention to the issue itself with insufficient attention to the environment.

Wollants redresses the balance in a thorough way. His formulation is complex and compelling. His examples are excellent. I believe it is the most complete critique of 'figure bound' therapy I have read.

In particular I value his revisiting of key concepts in Gestalt and renaming them in simple terms; the 'it', the'I' and the 'Me', as opposed to the Id, Ego and Personality. I think this enables a more direct apprehension of the theory for some students. On the other hand, his parting from more conventional descriptors could leave some readers/students unable to contextualise their own learning within the wider field of psychotherapy. It is curious that Wollants does not consider this potential problem for trainees at greater length given his sensitivity to contextualisation.

I found a few instances of what are either typos or translation problems in the book that caused difficulty in comprehending specific points: e.g. P70, box on Field Diagnosis, 4th para, second line, I believe 'end' should read 'and'.

Malcolm Parlett's wonderful epilogue does address some of the 'language' issues that arise. I suspect that for many students the book will need to be read again and again to fully appreciate the 'fullness' of what Wollants is trying to convey. It is not an easy text book to 'dip' into, but I nonetheless consider it an essential read that is a 'classic' within the Gestalt literature.

Dr Sally Denham-Vaughan
Counsellor Education, Metanoia Institute
August 17, 2012

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