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Developing Gestalt Counselling



August 1997 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`In this eminently sensible, practical and thought-provoking book, Jennifer Mackewn takes gestalt light years forward towards a synthesis and integration of psychological styles and away from what she describes as "Perlism". I agree with her: this is a book for therapists, not principally for gestaltists... In inviting the reader to "pick and choose" from the many and varied, always practical, hands-on approach chapters... Jennifer Mackewn hopes we will both enjoy her book and find it of use. This reader, commending the book to you all, has no doubt that both her hopes will be fulfilled' - Self & Society

Describing contemporary integrative Gestalt counselling and psychotherapy, this book addresses 30 key issues which will help both trainee and practising counsellors examine and improve crucial areas of their work.

The field theoretical and relational model which underpins the book suggests that therapy is a complex process which requires therapists to be intuitive and self-aware while engaging in a number of interrelated therapeutic tasks. The importance of meeting clients person-to-person in a meaningful relationship is highlighted. Jennifer Mackewn encourages counsellors to focus on areas that they may feel need special attention, and shows them how to blend their skills into a subtle and versatile art form. The book covers vital aspects of Gestalt counselling and psychotherapy, such as: appreciating the significance of beginnings; understanding the client's context; the dialogic relationship; contact and awareness; exploring life themes and support systems; and experimental and creative methods.

 
Introduction
A Field Theoretical and Relational Model of Contemporary Integrative Gestalt

 
 
Attending to Beginnings
Initial Conditions and Existential Meeting

 
 
Exploring the Client's Context and Culture
 
Developing a Dialogic Relationship as a Crucible for Self Development
 
Observing Process, Developing Diagnostic Perspectives and Therapeutic Strategies
 
Exploring Awareness and Contact
 
Integrating Experimental, Creative and Transpersonal Dimensions
 
Working with Embodiment, Energy and `Resistance'
 
Attending to the Background Features and Processes in Clients' Lives
 
Shaping Counselling over Time
 
Conclusion
Simplicity, Complexity and Paradox in Gestalt Counselling and Therapy

 

`In this eminently sensible, practical and thought-provoking book, Jennifer Mackewn takes gestalt light years forwards towards a synthesis and integration of psychological styles and away from what she describes as "Perlism". I agree with her: this is a book for therapists, not principally for gestaltists... In inviting the reader to "pick and choose" from the many and varied, always practical, hands-on approach chapters... Jennifer Mackewn hopes we will both enjoy her book and find it of use. This reader, commending the book to you all, has no doubt that both her hopes will be fulfilled' - Self & Society


This book is essential reading for students or counsellors exploring this approach. The book includes important topics, is very well organised and it is a pleasure to read.

Mrs Hilary McNair
Kent Adult Education, Kent Adult Education
October 30, 2016

This is one of two textbooks we use in our Gestalt Therapy modules.

Gus Murray
Social and General Studies, Cork Institute of Technology
September 18, 2014

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