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.”

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.

New Directions in Gestalt Group Therapy

Author: Peter H. Cole
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317364422
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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. Peter Cole and Daisy Reese are the co-directors of the Sierra Institute for Contemporary Gestalt Therapy located in Berkeley, California. They are the co-authors of Mastering the Financial Dimension of Your Psychotherapy Practice and True Self, True Wealth: A Pathway to Prosperity. They are a married couple, with five children and four grandchildren between them.

Timeless Experience

Author: Nancy Amendt-Lyon
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443894281
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For years, psychotherapists have known that Laura Perls was actively involved in the development of what today is known as Gestalt therapy, although her husband, Frederick Perls, officially authored the foundational texts. Laura Perls’s own professional publications are succinct and appreciated, but they are not numerous. The present volume, comprising Laura Perls’s heretofore unpublished writing, including journal entries, letters, poems, translations, short stories, and drafts for lectures and publications, offers a very personal perspective on one of the founders of Gestalt therapy. The extensive interview that Daniel Rosenblatt conducted with Laura Perls in 1972, published here for the first time in English, complements her literary texts, and provides valuable background information. Laura Perls’s history spans two world wars, flight from Nazi persecution, life on three continents, and many new beginnings. Together with her known works, these literary texts reflect the emergence of women into professional and public life during the 20th century by giving the reader insight into this time period and the influence of a woman on the development of a major school of Humanistic Psychology. The rich cultural background from which Laura Perls benefited and the authors whose works inspired her resonate in her literary texts, a treasure chest of personal reflections during the decades of her life from 1946 to 1985. In addition, a general overview of her life is provided, her theoretical and practical contributions to the origins and development of Gestalt therapy are described, and her legacy to the field of Gestalt therapy is elucidated. Laura Perls was known for making the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy a viable and important teaching community. For decades, she was the keeper of the flame of this foundational Gestalt institute. Best known for her concepts of contact and support, the creative use of experiments, and productive use of embarrassment, Laura Perls’s literary texts are finally made available here.

Modern clinical psychology

Author: Sheldon J. Korchin
Publisher: Basic Books (AZ)
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Provides a broad conceptual and historical perspective on numerous issues in the field, treating psychological testing, family and community therapy, and research

Psychotherapy as positive psychology

Author: Petrūska Clarkson
Publisher: Wiley
ISBN: 9781861563422
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The third volume in the Clarkson on Psychotherapy series brings together a fascinating selection of Professor Clarksons work. Most of the material has not previously been formally published, and ranges, from the beginnings of Gestalt through the importance - in life and therapy - of inborn constitutional temperamental types, to fundamental concerns in using philisophical discipline in psychology and Clarksons demonstration how the five-relational model can be applied to research, is impressive. Psychotherapists of all schools will find much to interest them in Clarkson on Psychotherapy 3, and students as well as practitioners will find the range and depth of papers not only demanding but also stimulating. This volume of papers starts with a paper about the beginnings of Gestalt which was first presented at the World Conference in 1996. Chapters 2 and 3 are here formally published for the first time although the material in it has been well-appreciated over some decades in samizdat copies. Chapter 4 is a sample of Professor Clarksons work stressing the importance in life and in therapy of inborn constitutional temperamental types. Chapter 5 reports a joint research project into narratives of psychotherapy in modern English Literature.Chapter 6 surveys the field of Transpersonal psychology. Chapter 7 addresses some foundational concerns in using philosophical discipline in psychology. Finally, chapter 8 shows how the five-relations model can be applied to research.