This book provides excellent, pragmatic and accessible insights into the practicalities of the Gestalt approach. Not simply a textbook, it answers the 'how to' questions in readable form that other books on Gestalt often don't, and provides a clarity that one doesn't come across elsewhere. Clearly backed by the authors' extensive experience and knowledge, and broad-ranging in its scope, it is nevertheless down-to-earth and accessible.Skills in Gestalt Counselling & Psychotherapy (Skills in Counselling & Psychotherapy Series)
This is a well written book which takes you into the Gestalt world of psychotherapy. This world seems very intense and almost insular.You have to understand the theory and practice of the therapists and it does help to put you into their world. There are many examples which can help would-be therapists as well as lay people who want some self-help. It may be that there is a book somewhere that is right to read before this to prepare readers to understand the entire Gestalt theory and way of life in therapy, but this is an excellent book that will help a range of readers.
I ordered this book after attending a workshop on 'open chair' work for counsellors. Although I am not trained in this model I found it very easy to read and understand. I like the quality of paper and good size of print. The book is set out in a way that is suitable for trainee counsellors but also useful for more experienced therapists wanting to add another tool for their client work. There are bold print headings, numerous examples and suggestions to back up the text. The book also gives explanations of terms and ways of working which are helpful for students of any model of counselling. It is easy to dip in and out of and I would recommend it especially for trainees and newly qualified counsellors although it is easy enough to be understood by anyone with an interest in the subject.
I have frequently turned to this for its grounding influence in my work as a therapist. It is usefully organised with headings and paragraphs that are easy to navigate and dip into in bites that are self contained.
This book was delightfully insightful, and written from a viewpoint of dignity and respect for the client's needs. Gestalt as an approach is based on the phenomenological and philosophical epistemology of hermeneutic underpinnings. This means the client will be treated uniquely, and their narrative will be a central focus of the dialogic relationship between client and therapist. The three parts of the book deal with theory process and practice on many levels and are easily understood by students. The book is well written, and supported by excellent body of literature that demonstrate the varied nature of Gestalt. Wonderful. Inspirational. Will be reading this again and again.