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Skills in Gestalt Counselling & Psychotherapy

Skills in Gestalt Counselling & Psychotherapy

Second Edition

288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Skills in Gestalt Counselling & Psychotherapy, Second Edition is a practical introduction to the application of the Gestalt approach at each stage of the therapeutic process. Taking the reader through these stages, the book focuses on skills which arise out of Gestalt theory as well as those invoked by the therapeutic relationship.

As well as offering guidance on practice issues affecting counselors such as assessment and treatment considerations, using a variety of Gestalt techniques, and developing client awareness, this fully updated edition has been expanded to represent recent developments in the psychotherapy field. New material includes:

  • The implications of neuroscience and psychotherapy outcome research for the therapeutic relationship
  • New or expanded chapters working with disturbed and disturbing clients, the Gestaltist as researcher and the use of Gestalt in supervision and coaching
  • Short term therapy for those working in such settings as EAPs, primary care and the NHS

This is an ideal text for use on therapy or counseling and counseling skills courses, and recommended reading for anyone who is training in Gestalt therapy or who wishes to integrate the practice of Gestalt into their work.

Preparing for the Journey
Phenomenology and Field Theory
The Therapeutic Relationship
Assessment and Diagnosis
Treatment Considerations
Strengthening Support
Modifications to Contact
Unfinished Businesses
Transference and Counter-Transference
Body Process
Working with Dreams
Using Supervision and Identifying Your Personal Style
Research and Reflection
Ending the Journey
Managing and Assessing Risk with Disturbing Clients
Depression and Anxiety
Brief Therapy
Diversity, Culture and Ethics
Spiritual Counselling

"This book has everything...Whether you are a beginning student or a weathered elder, in private practice or public systems such as health or education, this book can empower you to develop, deepen your client work and personal style. A rare treasure!" - New Zealand Association of Counsellors Today, March 2010

"This excellent skill-based resource to using the gestalt approach to counselling provides exactly what the practitioner and student need to know in an easy-to-navigate format. Filled with practical case examples, this comprehensive and highly readable book reveals the power of the gestalt approach in action. I know I will return to it again and again." - Teresa Lewis, Founder and Director of Lewis Psychology CIC

This text is very suited to the Post Grad Cert in Child Adolescent, and also for the Humanistic Approaches module in year one of our BSc Degree programme. I have recommended this text to be added to our reading list.

Mrs Gisela Oates
Counselling & Psychotherapy Dept, PCI College
March 12, 2013

A book that signposts the Gestalt approach with robust practical skills and application.

Ms Lynne Stevenson
Counselling, The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London
June 29, 2011

An absolute must have for any counsellors interested in developing a deeper theory into practice knowledge of Gestalt counselling.
This books also offers simply examples to help support learning.

Mr Richard Carroll
School of Health , Guildford College of Further and Higher Education
May 18, 2011

I am delighted that this important core text has been re-published in an up-dated and extended edition covering new areas such as research and spirituality. A good, clear read free from jargon which makes it accessible for all levels of students

Dr Christine Stevens
DPsych, Metanoia Institute
October 29, 2010

Provides learners with insights into how the theory of Gestalt therapy is applied. Very useful account of phenomenology.

Mr John Marsden
School of Social Science, East Lancashire Institute of HE at Blackburn
October 24, 2010

This book is well written, well structured and easy to follow. There are suggestions in each chapter and recommended additional readings throughout.
This will be a very useful book.

Ms Julie Burton
Psychology , Lincoln University
July 19, 2010

Although a useful book and one which I will order for the library I don't think sufficient students will purchase the book

Jon Ord
Schl of Society, Environment & Culture, College of St Mark and St John
July 7, 2010

Another good book in the "Skills in..." series from Sage. Written with clarity, the book demonstrates practical applications of the theory of Gestalt.

Mr Phil Thomas
Department of Health & Holistics, Coleg Llandrillo Cymru
June 9, 2010

Covers all the main areas, although it would be useful to base it on more research. Well wriiten and accessible for students.

Dr Brian Swallow
Psychology Dept, Lincoln University
May 4, 2010

New to the 2nd Editon:

  • Fully updated and expanded to represent new developments in the psychotherapy field
  • Includes new material on short-term work in primary care and the NHS
  • Includes new material on the implications of neuroscience and psychotherapy outcome research for the therapeutic relationship
  • Features new chapters on exploring action research, disturbed and disturbing clients, and Gestalt supervision and coaching.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

Chapter Two

Phil Joyce

Phil Joyce works in West London as a trainer, supervisor, psychotherapist and consultant and has also worked in a variety of mental health settings since 1979. He has worked as an approved psychiatric social worker in London and has considerable experience of multidisciplinary teams and working with disturbed people. He is a primary tutor on the MSc course in Gestalt Psychotherapy at Metanoia Institute, London and a visiting tutor on the Integrative psychotherapy programme also at Metanoia Institute. He has given many presentations at International conferences over the last 15 years and is an active member of the Gestalt community. Phil’s... More About Author

Charlotte Sills

Charlotte Sills is a UKCP registered psychotherapist in private practice and a supervisor, trainer and consultant in a variety of settings. She has been working in the field of psychological therapies since 1979 and is a BACP senior accredited supervisor, a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst and a Visiting Professor at Middlesex University. Until 2007 she was also part of the Leadership Team at Metanoia Institute where she remains a member of the faculty. Another interest is in the interface between therapy and coaching and she is a member of faculty of the Masters in Executive Coaching and Professor of Coaching at... More About Author