Aggression Time and Understanding

Author: Frank-M. Staemmler
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1317761243
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Aggression, Time, and Understanding is the first book of Staemmler’s writings to be published in English. In the early sections of this book, Staemmler (supported by his Buddhist wife, Barbara) comprehensively explores and questions the traditional Gestalt therapy theory of aggression and proposes a new approach to working with anger and hostility. Further sections include in-depth examinations of the topics of time (the "Here and Now" and "Regressive Processes") and understanding ("Dialogue and Interpretation" and "Cultivated Uncertainty"). From Staemmler’s "critical gaze," Dan Bloom observes, "concepts emerge as refreshed, re-formed, and revitalized constructs so we can continue to develop the theory and practice of contemporary Gestalt therapy."

Empathy in Psychotherapy

Author: Frank-M. Staemmler
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
ISBN: 0826109020
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In this title, Staemmler examines, criticizes, and ultimately broadens traditional concepts of empathy between therapist and client. He takes issue with three traditional ideas about empathy: (1) Empathic processes are understood as one-sided; the therapist empathizes with the client, and not vice versa. (2) Empathy is basically regarded as a cognitive capacity: One mind envisions the mental 'content' of another. (3) The traditional notion of empathy is individualistic. Therapist and client act with no context surrounding them. Staemmler suggests that we need to enlarge the concept of empathy: to understand empathy as a mutual process between client and therapist, to understand its physical and spiritual components, and to understand it within a given cultural context.To that end, he investigates empathy from various points of view: developmental psychology, social psychology and the study of emotions, the latest neuroscience research, classical phenomenology, and more. Along the way he takes many interesting digressions: for example what the latest infant research tells us about empathy between parent and baby; a fascinating consideration of the ways that actors use empathy; and perhaps most surprising, an extended study of empathy's relation to paranormal phenomena and meditative states. Toward the end of the book, having established empathy at the center of the therapeutic process, Staemmler takes up the question of how therapists can become better empathizers. His own preferred approach, mediation derived from Tibetan Buddhism, has found significant confirmation in research on empathic capacities. More secular approaches like mindfulness meditation also increase empathic capacity, but to a lesser degree. Staemmler suggests that clinicians need to give our empathic capacities support and care if we are to avoid burnout and what is often called “compassion fatigue.”

Gestalt Therapy

Author: Dave Mann
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136930612
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Gestalt therapy offers a present-focused, relational approach, central to which is the fundamental belief that the client knows the best way of adjusting to their situation. By working to heighten awareness through dialogue and creative experimentation, gestalt therapists create the conditions for a client's personal journey to health. Gestalt Therapy: 100 Key Points and Techniques provides a concise guide to this flexible and far-reaching approach. Topics discussed include: the theoretical assumptions underpinning gestalt therapy gestalt assessment and process diagnosis field theory, phenomenology and dialogue ethics and values evaluation and research. As such this book will be essential reading for gestalt trainees, as well as all counsellors and psychotherapists wanting to learn more about the gestalt approach.

Gestalt Therapy

Author: Talia Levine Bar-Yoseph
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0415489164
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The Gestalt approach is based on the philosophy that the human being is born with the healthy ability to regulate needs and wants in relationship with the environment in which she/he lives. Heightening of personal awareness and exploration of needs is enabled by the therapist who actively engages in supporting and assisting the therapeutic journey of the client. Gestalt Therapy: Advances in Theory and Practice is a collaboration of some of the best thinkers in the Gestalt therapy approach. It offers a summary of recent advances in theory and practice, and novel ideas for future development. Each chapter focuses on a different element of the Gestalt approach and, with contributors from around the world, each offers a different perspective of its ongoing evolution in relation to politics, religion and philosophy. Incorporating ideas about community, field theory, family and couple therapy, politics and spirituality, this book will be of interest not only to Gestalt therapists but also to non-Gestalt practitioners, counsellors, psychologists, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals. Counselling, behavioural science and psychotherapy students will also find this a valuable contribution to their learning.

New Directions in Gestalt Group Therapy

Author: Peter Hays Cole
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317364422
Format: PDF
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Gestalt therapists often work with groups. Group therapists from a variety of theoretical orientations frequently incorporate insights and methodology from gestalt therapy. New Directions in Gestalt Group Therapy: Relational Ground, Authentic Self was written with particular attention to both gestalt and group work specialists in providing a comprehensive reference for the practice of group therapy from a gestalt perspective. In includes an introduction to gestalt therapy terms and concepts written to make the gestalt approach understandable and accessible for mental health practitioners of all backgrounds. It is appropriate for students as well as seasoned psychotherapists.

Gestalt Therapy

Author: Frederick S. Perls
Publisher: Souvenir Press
ISBN: 9780285626652
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A seminal book that placed the study of human behaviour in a new perspective, demolished many schools of psychology and brought about a return to the dynamic view of human personality. It invites the reader to go on a course of self-therapy designed to develop an awareness of the self and a growth of the personality. Gestalt therapy is explained in detail, with its basis in the methods of psychotherapy from Freud to the present outlined. First published in 1951, Gestalt Therapy has remained constantly in print ever since and is regarded as one of the most important studies of self-awareness available.

Continuity and Change

Author: Philip Brownell
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443833150
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Continuity and Change: Gestalt Therapy Now describes what is quite possibly the most unique and significant gestalt therapy organization in the world. There are, of course, many other associations of gestalt therapists, but many of them are either much smaller or qualitatively different because they attend to certifying and regulating their members. The Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy (AAGT) does not certify nor regulate; its sole purpose is to advance the theory and practice of gestalt therapy through the associating of its members. This book both highlights the nature of contemporary gestalt therapy and makes known the existence and nature of the AAGT through the lens of its tenth biennial conference, which was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. In 2010 the AAGT returned to the Unites States for a venue in its biennial conference after having been in Amsterdam in the Netherlands; Vancouver, Canada; and Manchester, England. It’s regional growth had been sustained, and its international scope had become expansive. The 2010 conference, with its theme of continuity and change, was a look at contemporary gestalt therapy, and it also featured a significant and growing dialogue with recognized leaders in other clinical perspectives. The 2010 conference featured many long-time, recognized colleagues from the field of gestalt therapy, including many aging colleagues who trained personally with the founders of gestalt therapy. The conference proceedings were rich and varied. This book includes papers based on pre-conference workshops, and conference presentations and panels. Chapter contributors emerge from the structure of the conference itself, and they include many of the most compelling thinkers and practitioners in the world of contemporary gestalt therapy.

Aggression in Play Therapy

Author: Lisa Dion
Publisher: W. W. Norton
ISBN: 9780393713190
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Offers play therapists practical ways of handling a pervasive issue with intense and aggressive play by their clients.