Gestalt Therapy: Roots and Branches - Collected Papers

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Karnac Books, 2012 - Psychology - 261 pages
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There has been a renewed interest in the last ten years in the underpinnings - theoretical, philosophical, and historical - of the Gestalt approach. Often in the past, these have been lost in oversimplified versions of the therapy. The author's aim in his writings has been to provide a full and coherent account of Gestalt theory, and to emphasise our links to our therapeutic and philosophical heritage, particularly psychoanalysis and existentialism. His theme is a field-relational theory of self as the centrepiece of the approach, and how this has been placed within a structure that is still recognisably psychoanalytic. In this approach, self is understood as meaningful only in relation to what is taken as other, and how that other is contacted. The formation of a relatively coherent self-concept is a task, not a given, and can be problematic as well as helpful (when it no longer supports the person's life-situation).
 

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Contents

CHAPTER
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CHAPTER THREE
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CHAPTER FIVE
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CHAPTER
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CHAPTER SEVEN
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CHAPTER EIGHT
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CHAPTER NINE
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CHAPTER
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CHAPTER FIFTEEN
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CHAPTER SIXTEEN
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CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
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CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
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CHAPTER NINETEEN
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CHAPTER TWENTYONE
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CHAPTER TWENTYTHREE
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CHAPTER TWENTYFOUR
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CHAPTER ELEVEN
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CHAPTER TWELVE
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CHAPTER THIRTEEN
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CHAPTER FOURTEEN
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CHAPTER TWENTYSIX
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REFERENCES
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Peter Philippson is a UKCP Registered Gestalt psychotherapist and trainer, a Teaching and Supervising Member of the Gestalt Psychotherapy & Training Institute UK, a founder member of Manchester Gestalt Centre, Full Member of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy, senior trainer for GITA (Slovenia) and a guest trainer for many training programs internationally. He is the author of Self in Relation, co-author of Contact and Relationship in a Field Perspective, chapter respondent in Gestalt Therapy: History, Theory and Practice, editor of The Nature of Pain and, (with John Harris), co-author of Gestalt: Working with Groups, co-editor of Topics in Gestalt Therapy, and author of many papers on Gestalt therapy in British, French, American, Australian, Canadian and Spanish Gestalt Journals. He is on the Editorial Board of Studies in Gestalt Therapy, an Editorial Advisor of the British Gestalt Journal, and is currently President of the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy.

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