Buddhist Psychology and Gestalt Therapy Integrated: Psychotherapy for the 21st Century

Buddhist Psychology and Gestalt Therapy Integrated: Psychotherapy for the 21st Century

by Eva Gold, Stephen Zahm

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Overview

The authors establish the essential convergences of Buddhist psychology and mindfulness with Gestalt therapy theory and method, and creatively explore the clinical implications of these and their relevance in psychotherapeutic work. These convergences, as well as the recognition of the two systems’ differences in focus and ultimate aims, then serve as the foundation for a Buddhist psychology informed Gestalt therapy (BPGT). This innovative integration offers a new perspective while also maintaining the holistic integrity of each system. Here, the book lays out how Buddhist psychology’s universal view and Gestalt therapy’s focus on the individual and relational can work synergistically in addressing the fundamental ground of human suffering. Clinical vignettes throughout the book bring the concepts and methods to life, offering clear examples of how these can be implemented. This book’s heart, wisdom, and deeply relational holistic perspective on the therapeutic endeavor can offer psychotherapists of any stripe an enriched clinical understanding, and the “how to” for putting this understanding into practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732492004
Publisher: Metta Press
Publication date: 07/01/2018
Pages: 348
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Erving Polster

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Part I Buddhist Psychology and Meditation Practices

Chapter 1. Introduction to Buddhist Psychology

Chapter 2. Buddhist Psychology Views

Chapter 3.Insight Meditation Practices

Part II Gestalt Therapy Theory and Practice

Chapter 4. Introduction to Gestalt Therapy

Chapter 5. Gestalt Therapy Theory

Chapter 6. Theory into Practice: Gestalt Therapy Method

Part III Convergences and Clinical Implications

Chapter 7. Convergence of Views

Chapter 8. Convergence of Methods

Chapter 9. The Clinical Application of Mindfulness and Buddhist Psychology

Chapter 10. How Meditation Practices and Buddhist Psychology can Make Us Better Gestalt Therapists

Part IV New Directions: Psychotherapy for the 21st Century

Chapter 11. Buddhist Psychology Informed Gestalt Therapy

Chapter 12. Integrated Training Model

Resources

References

Index

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