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Gestalt Therapy

Gestalt Therapy

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Gestalt Therapy
C6436 Individual CounselingTheory and PracticeJames J. Messina, Ph.D.
 
 
Fritz Perls 1893 - 1970
Berlin-Jewish-lower middle class
Problem child, failed 7
th
grade twice & expelled
MD in Psychiatry
After WWI-worked in hospital for Brain DamagedSoldiers-realized view humans as a whole rather than sum of discreet parts
Analysis with Reich-Body work model
1946-came to USA
Big Sur, California – Esalen Institute
Married Laura Perls in 1930
Founded New York Institute of Gestalt Therapy
 
 
Gestalt Therapy
Existential & Phenomenological ~ it isgrounded in the client’s “here and now”
Initial goal is for clients to gain awarenessof what they are experiencing and doingnow
Promotes direct experiencing rather than theabstractness of talking about situations
Rather than talk about a childhood trauma theclient is encouraged to become the hurt child

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