Skills in Gestalt Counselling & Psychotherapy

Skills in Gestalt Counselling & Psychotherapy

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This practical guide to the Gestalt approach has successfully introduced thousands of trainee therapists to the essential skills needed in Gestalt practice. Now in its third edition, the book includes:





* New chapters on working with trauma, and building client resources


* New material on depression and anxiety


* Expanded content on working with more challenging client issues


* Integration of leading ideas from contemporary trauma therapies.





The authors offer practical guidance on the entire process of therapy including setting up the therapeutic session, creating a working alliance, assessment and treatment direction, managing risk, supervision, adopting a research approach, and managing difficult encounters.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 170 x 242 x 17.53mm | 1,130g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • 1446275876
  • 9781446275870
  • 70,291

Table of contents

Preface
PART ONE: GESTALT THERAPY IN PRACTICE
Preparing for the Journey
Phenomenology and Field Theory
Awareness
The Therapeutic Relationship
Assessment and Diagnosis
Treatment Considerations
Strengthening Support
Shame
Experimenting
Contact Styles: Modifications to Contact and Polarities
Unfinished Business
Transference and Counter-Transference
Embodied Process
Dreams
Self-Supervision
Ending the Journey
PART TWO: MANAGING CHALLENGING ENCOUNTERS
Assessing and Managing Risk
Resourcing the Client
Depression and Anxiety
Trauma Part 1: Assessing and Stabilizing
Trauma Part 2: Processing and Integrating
PART THREE: GESTALT PRACTICE IN CONTEXT
Brief Therapy
The Reflective Practitioner: Research in Gestalt
Diversity, Culture and Ethics
Spiritual Counselling
References
Index
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Review Text

I am delighted to endorse this version of Skills in Gestalt Counselling and Psychotherapy. Having kept their original two versions close by for many years, both as a therapist and as a trainer, this new edition continues to confirm what I already believe about the authors' rich and scholarly theoretical and practical response to the challenges and experience of Gestalt practise.

This new edition is (again) full of practical suggestions, experiential exercises and detailed, precise attention to the moment by moment, unfolding experience of being in therapeutic relationship. The authors provide a comprehensive review of current literature and research, and interweave this with sound recommendations for practise. The chapters on Trauma are timely, thorough, and extremely practical in their guidance on working with people who experience such devastation

The whole tone of the writing is exemplary of the authors' commitment to relational gestalt practise, whilst acknowledging contributions from the wider field

I strongly recommend this book to students and experienced therapists alike.
George Bassett
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This is an essential read for all those wanting to learn about effective Gestalt practice. -- Dr Lynda Osborne The main adjective that comes to mind as I read this book is 'lucid'. The authors claim that this book is practical, which it certainly is, but not theoretical. I think they do themselves a disservice. The principles and philosophy of Gestalt come flying off the page through their simple explanations and deft descriptions. Gestalt, while it is grounded in Existential philosophy and phenomenological method, is primarily a way of being in the world, which is both beautifully simple but at the same time profoundly challenging. They have provided us with a book which is both simple and profound, accessible and full of the wisdom which is best conveyed by stories. It is down to earth and wise, practical and theoretical and in that sense is true to one of Gestalt's core principles of holism. I recommend this book as core reading to any Gestalt practitioner.











." -- Profesor Bill Critchley This is a lovely book! It is not easy to write about skills in gestalt therapy without reducing our theory to a set of techniques. Joyce and Sills have found a way to offer skills while at the same time drawing the reader into a nuanced consideration of the complexity of any clinical moment. They also offer creative experiments in self-exploration that support the therapist to develop skill at attending to and working with their continual co-implication in the therapeutic process. Add to that a delightful writing style, and you have a book that would serve any teaching or training program quite well.


-- Lynne Jacobs, Ph.D. I am delighted to endorse this version of Skills in Gestalt Counselling and Psychotherapy. Having kept their original two versions close by for many years, both as a therapist and as a trainer, this new edition continues to confirm what I already believe about the authors' rich and scholarly theoretical and practical response to the challenges and experience of Gestalt practise.


This new edition is (again) full of practical suggestions, experiential exercises and detailed, precise attention to the moment by moment, unfolding experience of being in therapeutic relationship. The authors provide a comprehensive review of current literature and research, and interweave this with sound recommendations for practise. The chapters on Trauma are timely, thorough, and extremely practical in their guidance on working with people who experience such devastation


The whole tone of the writing is exemplary of the authors' commitment to relational gestalt practise, whilst acknowledging contributions from the wider field


I strongly recommend this book to students and experienced therapists alike. -- George Bassett
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About 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 particular interest continues to be in mental health. He currently specializes in trauma treatment and is an accredited EMDR Supervisor and Consultant. His other abiding interest is in the transpersonal dimensions of human experience and he finds that Gestalt brings a new and enlivening perspective to both these areas of interest.


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 Ashridge Business School, UK.

Charlotte believes that all human systems - from friendships to organizations - are about people in relationship, and she sees Gestalt as an ideal approach for facilitating effective, vibrant and satisfying relating.

Charlotte has published widely in the field of counselling and psychotherapy, including An Introduction to Gestalt with Phil Lapworth and Billy Desmond (SAGE, 2012) and Coaching Relationships (edited with Erik de Haan, Libri Press, 2012).
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