Gestalt Therapy: The Art of Contact

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Gestalt Therapy has been developing steadily for the last 50 years in America as well as in Europe. It is currently practiced in different settings: individual, group, and family therapies; personal growth; and social, medical and business organizations.

This book is written mostly for beginners and for psychotherapy clients: it summarizes the central philosophy of this approach and the main techniques for the enrichment of contact. It includes sketches, charts, indexes, a ...

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Overview

Gestalt Therapy has been developing steadily for the last 50 years in America as well as in Europe. It is currently practiced in different settings: individual, group, and family therapies; personal growth; and social, medical and business organizations.

This book is written mostly for beginners and for psychotherapy clients: it summarizes the central philosophy of this approach and the main techniques for the enrichment of contact. It includes sketches, charts, indexes, a glossary and a bibliography, which help make the concept come alive. It also explains, in an accessible way, the latest discoveries concerning the brain (neurosciences), dreams and sexuality.

Serge Ginger puts forth a specifically French approach: a synthesis of the French culture (greatly influenced by psychoanalysis) along with a mobilizing and interactive method, emphasizing the cycle of contact, evoking the emotions, the body and the right hemisphere of the brain.

It is a new, optimistic approach to human relations.

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“It is a pleasure to tell you all about Serge Ginger, a distant cousin and a professional friend for 30 years. This is an interesting and varied book. It reflects Serge Ginger’s rich knowledge and multilingual background. His writing reflects the influence of Fritz Perls—Perls had a profound impact on my own professional development in Gestalt thinking and work—so it is a pleasure to ‘meet’ Fritz again and again in Serge’s writing.”

“Serge Ginger offers us a rate treat: a work which brings together traditional French contemporary Gestalt therapy, and both psychoanalytic understanding and up-to-date research from the neurosciences. But this is no idiosyncratic view; it has a knowledge and wisdom honed by his position as a leading international exponent of Gestalt, a much sought-after teacher in Europe, Russia, Japan and the Americas. The fact that he can present his work in so readable a way ensures that those with even a limited understanding of the field will be rewarded by reading this book.”

Joseph Zinker
“It is a pleasure to tell you all about Serge Ginger, a distant cousin and a professional friend for 30 years. This is an interesting and varied book. It reflects Serge Ginger’s rich knowledge and multilingual background. His writing reflects the influence of Fritz Perls—Perls had a profound impact on my own professional development in Gestalt thinking and work—so it is a pleasure to ‘meet’ Fritz again and again in Serge’s writing.”
Adrian M. Rhodes
“Serge Ginger offers us a rate treat: a work which brings together traditional French contemporary Gestalt therapy, and both psychoanalytic understanding and up-to-date research from the neurosciences. But this is no idiosyncratic view; it has a knowledge and wisdom honed by his position as a leading international exponent of Gestalt, a much sought-after teacher in Europe, Russia, Japan and the Americas. The fact that he can present his work in so readable a way ensures that those with even a limited understanding of the field will be rewarded by reading this book.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781855755710
  • Publisher: Karnac Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,020,796
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Serge Ginger has been one of the pioneers of Gestalt Therapy in France since 1970. With his wife, Anne Ginger, he founded the Paris School of Gestalt in 1980, which is one of the leading Gestalt training institutes in Europe. He is a Clinical Psychologist, Psychoanalyst, Psychodramatist and Gestalt Therapist and teaches Gestalt in France and throughout the world (France, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Russia, Romania, Poland, Latvia, Brazil, Mexico, Norway, USA, and Japan). He is currently the President of the International Federation of Gestalt Training Organizations, Secretary General of the French National Umbrella for Psychotherapy and the Registrar of the European Association for Psychotherapy.

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Table of Contents

About the Author; Foreword—Ken Evans; Introduction; 1) What is Gestalt?; 2) The Therapist is Incarnate; 3) Fritz Perls, the Father of Gestalt Therapy; 4) The Theory of the Self; 5) Gestalt-Pedagogy and Socio-Gestalt; 6) Gestalt and the Brain; 7) Dreams in Gestalt Therapy; 8) The Body, The Emotions; 9) Vital Drives: Aggression and Sexuality; 10) The Personality Profile (Psychopathology); 11) Twenty Basic Notions; Annexes: Glossary; Short Bibliography; Practical Information; Index.

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