Gestalt Experiential Therapy with Couples and Families
Name of Model
Gestalt Experiential Therapy
Client-centered approach; Experiential; Holistic; Humanistic; Systemic; Therapy of emotions
Gestalt therapy is a holistic, humanistic, experiential form of therapy that was developed to provide a more active alternative to conventional psychoanalysis (Perls et al. 1951). Its nomenclature is derived from the German word Gestalt for shape or form (Mann 2010) and is often used to refer to the concept that the whole of something is greater, more, or different than the sum of its parts. Gestalt therapy treats couples and families through this lens, emphasizing the relationship between members by enhancing awareness to sensation, perception, emotion, and behavior in the present moment.
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Gestalt therapy was developed by Frederick Perls, Laura Perls, and Paul Goodman in the 1940s and 1950s as an alternative to behaviorism and classical psychoanalysis. Gestalt therapy gained popularity steadily and, by...
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