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Gestalt Therapy Around the World

  • ID: 2250572
  • Book
  • May 2013
  • Region: Global
  • 390 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Since its emergence more than sixty years ago, the influence of gestalt therapy as an integrative approach with existential–humanistic underpinnings has spread to almost all corners of the globe. Gestalt Therapy Around the World represents the first comprehensive exploration of the diversity in history, theory, training, professional associations and research in the international gestalt therapy community.

Initial chapters offer an overview of the field, including gestalt therapy s history and influences, concepts and process, contact and dialogue, techniques, experiments, and dreams. Subsequent chapters discuss the current state of gestalt therapy in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Britain, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, and the USA with insights from local experts into the history, training, theoretical contributions and research initiatives in each country. Final chapters trace the historical development of gestalt therapy and point to future directions and challenges.

By providing an international perspective, Gestalt Therapy Around the World offers trainees and established practitioners invaluable insights into a thriving and widespread form of psychotherapy.

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Contributors xi

Preface xvii

Acknowledgments xxi

Part One: Gestalt Therapy: Its Beginning, Theory, and Techniques 1

1 Fritz Perls and Gestalt Therapy: The Beginnings 3
Eleanor O Leary

2 Key Concepts of Gestalt Therapy and Processing 15
Eleanor O Leary

3 Dialogue and Contact 37
Eleanor O Leary

4 Techniques, Experiments, and Dreams 61
Eleanor O Leary

Part Two: Gestalt Therapy Around the World 93

Europe 94

5 Gestalt Therapy in Austria 95
Nancy Amendt–Lyon

6 Gestalt Therapy in Britain 113
Peter Philippson

7 History of Gestalt Therapy in Denmark 127
Jan Tønnesvang, Mikael Sonne, and James Hammink

8 Gestalt Therapy in Finland 135
Walter Arnold

9 Dawn of Gestalt Therapy in France 141
Serge Ginger

10 Gestalt Therapy in Germany 151
Almut Ladisich–Raine

11 Gestalt Therapy in Greece 165
Despina Balliou, Katia Hatzilakou, Antonia Konstantinidou, and YiannaYiamarelou

12 Gestalt Therapy in the Republic of Ireland 177
Eleanor O Leary

13 Gestalt Therapy in Italy 195
Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb

The Middle East 211

14 Gestalt Therapy in Israel 213
Nurith Levi and Shraga Serok

Asia 220

15 Gestalt Therapy in Japan 221
Yoshiya Kurato

Australasia 233

16 Gestalt Therapy in Australia 235
Brian O Neill

17 Gestalt Development in New Zealand: An Antipodean Approach 251
Anne Maclean

The Americas 265

18 Gestalt Therapy in the Province of Quebec, Canada: From its Flourishing Days to its Phase of Questioning and its Perspective of Challenges for the Future 267
Janine Corbeil

19 Gestalt Therapy in the United States of America 289
Joseph Melnick

20 Gestalt Therapy in Argentina 305
Myriam Sas Guiter

21 Gestalt Therapy in Chile 317
Francisco Huneeus

Part Three: Reviewing the Past and Moving Onwards 325

22 The Present and Future of International Gestalt Therapy 327
Eleanor O Leary

Conclusion 333
Eleanor O Leary

Appendix 1. Worldwide Gestalt Associations, Institutes, and Professional Societies 335
Denis O Sullivan

Index 365

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