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Gestalt Counselling in Action

Gestalt Counselling in Action

Third Edition

216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Gestalt Counseling in Action is a bestselling text which has sold over 30,000 copies. Now in its Third Edition, the book continues to be a popular text for training in counselling and psychotherapy and with practitioners who are new to the gestalt approach.

Drawing on over 30 years experience as a gestalt practitioner, trainer and supervisor, Petruska Clarkson has written a lively and authoritative introduction to the approach, beginning with the theoretical and philosophical basis of gestalt. She clearly sets out the six main phases of the therapeutic process, introducing us to a client, 'Gary', whose case is used throughout the book to illustrate the process of therapy and the techniques used in each of the phases.

Fully revised and updated, Gestalt Counselling in Action, Third Edition includes a new chapter which explores recent developments in the field and looks to the future for the gestalt approach.

Introduction to Gestalt
Fundamentals of the Gestalt Approach to Counselling
The Healthy Cycle and Its Application to the Counselling Process
Dysfunctions and Disturbances in the Cycle
Sensation and the Necessary Pre-Conditions for Counselling
Awareness and the Initial Phases of the Counselling Process
Mobilization and the Post-Preliminary Phases of the Counselling Process
Action and the Middle Phases of the Counselling Process
Final Contact and the Later Phases of the Counselling Process
Satisfaction and the Penultimate Phases of the Counselling Process
Withdrawal and the Final Phases of the Counselling Process
Responsibility and Freedom in Counselling
Concluding Reflections on Gestalt's Future Frontiers

Very readable intro to Gestalt counselling. Very impressed with descriptions and examples which can be easily applied in different contexts.

Mr Antonio Pangallo
Department of Psychology, City University
April 23, 2013

This book is included on our essentail reading list for 1st year TC-L4 Diploma students.

Sue Draper-Todkill course tutor & EV CPCAB

Mrs Susan Draper-Todkill
Counselling, South Nottingham College
October 9, 2012

This is a must read for students doing courses in gestalttherapy and counselling.

Mr Espen Braathen
SeR, Diakonhjemmet University College
October 18, 2010

A really usefull look at Gestalt counselling which will be most valuable to all students of counselling.

Ms Julie Burton
Psychology , Lincoln University
July 27, 2010

New to the 3rd edition:

  • New chapter - Concluding Reflections on Gestalt's Future Frontiers
  • Fully revised to explore recent developments in gestalt therapy
  • Includes a new client case study throughout to illustrate the application of theory and techniques in practice.

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Petruska Clarkson

Petruska Clarkson was a professor and fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Fellow of the British Psychological Society. A Consultant Psychologist, Psychotherapist Supervisor and Management Consultant, she worked and taught at universities and private institutions internationally. Petruska sadly passed away in 2006. More About Author

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