Gestalt Therapy

An Introduction to the Basic Concepts of Gestalt Therapy

Hanne Hostrup

Gestalt Therapy
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Hanne Hostrup

Distributed for Museum Tusculanum Press

271 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2010
Paper $43.00 ISBN: 9788763536578 Published December 2010 NFS UK, IRELAND, AND SCANDINAVIA
Gestalt Therapy is primarily an introductory textbook. It offers a clear and sober presentation of the values, theories, method, and techniques of gestalt therapy. In addition, it describes the various applications of gestalt therapy and the associated ethical and practical conditions. Originally, gestalt therapy was developed as a therapy of neurosis, but although its basic concepts remain the same, gestalt therapy has been expanded and refined in both theory and practice, and today it constitutes a modern form of psychotherapy suitable as both a form of developmental therapy and a treatment for a wide range of client categories with many different mental disorders. The book discusses the impact of the U.S. origins of gestalt therapy and underlines the importance of a high degree of sensitivity to cultural aspects as gestalt therapy spreads throughout the world. It is crucial that gestalt therapists consider the culture and the social conditions which form the context for their practice of gestalt therapy. Gestalt Therapy is aimed at gestalt therapy students, psychologists, students of psychology, and health professionals.
Therapy—Mystification and Reality
Part 1: Background
Gestalt Therapy—a Brief Look at History
    Minor Variations Between American and European Approaches
    What’s in a Name—the Term “Gestalt Therapy”
The Basic Premises of Gestalt Therapy
    Fundamental Requirements of the Gestalt Therapist
The Metatheory of Gestalt Therapy—Underlying Values
    Existential Thinking and the Concept of Existence
Psychological Theory
    Gestalt Psychology and Its Principles
    Field Theory
Gestalt Therapy Method
Part 2: Underlying Assumptions in Gestalt Therapy
   The Self
    Personality Formation
    Zones of Awareness (Zones of Contact)
    Functions of Awareness
    Learning and Self-Support
    Resistance and Self-Support
    Contact—a Process
    The Contact Cycle
Developing Contact Skills
    Defenses and Contact Disturbances
    Contact Forms
    Extensive Contact Disruption
    The Therapist’s Contact Skills
Mental Health and Mental Illness
    Mental Illness as a Blocked Awareness Process
    Mental Health
    Psychological Development
    The Focus of Gestalt Therapy
Part 3: Practice
Gestalt Therapy in Practice
    The Gestalt Therapy Approach
    Gestalt Therapy and the Client’s Problem
    The Therapist’s Conditions
    Gestalt Therapy and the Physical Setting
    Power and Ethics
    The Therapist’s Language
The Various Forms of Gestalt Therapy
    Individual Therapy
    Group Therapy
    Therapy with Couples
Diagnosis in Gestalt Therapy
    Contact and Process Diagnosis
Gestalt Therapy Techniques
    The Basic Technique
    Classic Techniques
    Techniques in Dream Work
    The Purpose of the Techniques
The Position of Gestalt Therapy in Society

Index of Names
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