This thoroughly revised edition of Gestalt Counselling introduces the fundamental concepts of Gestalt and systematically demonstrates how to apply and use these in practice. Taking a relational perspective, the expert authors explore how Gestalt can be used in a wide variety of 'helping conversations' from counselling, psychotherapy and coaching to mentoring, managing, consulting and guiding.
A Each chapter contains case examples from the therapeutic world and a 'running case study' featuring ongoing coaching work moves throughout the book, with diagrams and lists for further reading making this the ideal text for use in training. The accessible, engaging writing style will appeal to undergraduates and postgraduates alike.
Charlotte Sills is a practitioner and supervisor in private practice, a tutor at Metanoia Institute and a tutor and supervisor of coaching at Ashridge CollegeBusiness School. She is the author or co-author of many books and articles on therapeutic work.
Phil Lapworth is a counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice near Bath and has written extensively in the field of counselling and psychotherapy.
Billy Desmond is a Gestalt psychotherapist, executive coach and organisational development consultant. He is a member of Ashridge College and a Programme Director of Partnering and Consulting in ChangeHead of the Gestalt Department at Metanoia Insititute, and tutor and consultant at Ashridge Business School.
Charlotte Sills MA, MSc (Psychotherapy) is a UKCP registered psychotherapist in private practice and a supervisor, trainer and consultant in a variety of settings. She is a BACP senior accredited supervisor, a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst and a Visiting Professor at Middlesex University. Charlotte has been working in the field of psychological therapies since 1979, at first as counsellor then manager of Hounslow SSD's Bereavement Project, then qualifying in psychotherapy in 1986. She has worked as tutor and supervisor on a range of training courses nationally and internationally. She was also, until 2007, part of the Leadership Team at Metanoia Institute, London, where she remains a member of the faculty. Another interest is in the interface between therapy and coaching and she works at Ashridge Business School, Herts where she is part of the tutor team of the Masters in Executive Coaching. Charlotte believes that all human systems - from friendships to organisations - are about people in relationship, and she sees Gestalt as an ideal approach for facilitating effective, vibrant and satisfying relationships. 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 Contracts in Counselling and Psychotherapy (2nd edition 2006 Sage) and Coaching Relationships (edited with Erik de Haan 2012 Libri Press). Phil Lapworth is a counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice near Bath and has written extensively in the field of counselling and psychotherapy.
PART ONE: BACKGROUND A Brief History of Gestalt An Overview of Gestalt Principles and Recent Developments PART TWO: GESTALT THEORY The Relationship in Gestalt Practice Awareness Embodiment Wholeness The InterConnectedness and the Field PART THREE: GESTALT PRACTICE Assessment and the Process of Change Phenomenology and Awareness Working in the Dialogic Relationship Promoting Healthy Process Experiments With the Gestalt Counsellor: A Case Example - Janice Scott Gestalt in Organizations: The Gestaltist as Coach or Consultant