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Gestalt Therapy A Guide to Contemporary Practice

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ISBN-10: 0826104541

ISBN-13: 9780826104540

Edition: 2010

Authors: Philip Brownell

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This book is a practical, professional reference on the practice of Gestalt Therapy (GT) by Philip Brownell, a leading practitioner and scholar in the field. The book covers the philosophical basics of GT and contrasts it with various types of psychotherapeutic approaches. The book also provides guidelines on how to apply GT principles to therapeutic practice with clients. Lastly, the authors cover training on a post-graduate level, certification, and continuing education issues relevant for the practicing therapist. Key features: Explains Martin Buber's use of "dialogue" in gestalt therapy and how to practice in a dialogical manner Compares and contrasts the features of a gestalt system of diagnosis with Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) Provides GT treatment planning and case management practices
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Book details

Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Orientation
What Is Psychotherapy?
The Talking Cure
Factors Common to Diverse Forms of Psychotherapy
Does Psychotherapy "Work"?
Conclusion
What is Gestalt Psychotherapy?
Background
Theoretical Overview
Conclusion
The Growth of Gestalt Therapy
The First Cycle: Originators and Their Trainees
Second Cycle: Trends in Gestalt Therapy's Development
Conclusion
How to Do Gestalt Therapy
Deal with Personal Experience
Awareness and Consciousness
Intentionality
Phenomenological Method in Psychotherapy
Conclusion
Work the Therapeutic Relationship
Alterity
Contact
Dialogue
Relationship
Conclusion
Use the Context of Life
The Concept of Field
The Hermeneutics of Field
Field-Relative Perspectives
Field-Theoretical Psychotherapeutic Strategies
Conclusion
Move to Action
Behavior, Enactment, and Experience
Action as Discourse
Experiment
Experimental Options
Conclusion
Practice a Unified Approach
The Unity of Praxis
The Concept of a Unified Approach
Common Factors
Conclusion
Specific Clinical Issues
Assessment in Gestalt Therapy
Preliminary Considerations
Assessment as Diagnosis
Assessment as Psychological Testing
Assessment as Gestalt Therapy "Analysis"
Assessment as Therapeutic Process
A Suggested Method of Assessment and Diagnosis
Conclusion
Treatment Planning and Case Management in Gestalt Therapy
Treatment Planning
Case Management
Conclusion
Training and Certification
Training, Certification, and Professional Development in Gestalt Therapy
Training
Certification
Continuing Education
Gestalt Training Organizations
Professional Affiliations and Gestalt Communities
Conclusion
Epilogue
Index