Review of Gestalt therapy in clinical practice: From psychopathology to the aesthetics of contact.

Elliott, Robert (2014) Review of Gestalt therapy in clinical practice: From psychopathology to the aesthetics of contact. [Review]

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    Abstract

    Reviews the book, Gestalt Therapy in Clinical Practice: From Psychopathology to the Aesthetics of Contact edited by Gianni Francesetti, Michela Gecele, and Jan Roubal (2013). In this historic, encyclopedic work, a group of well-known, talented Italian Gestalt therapists and trainers contribute close to half of the 33 chapters. Around this core are writers from 13 other countries, mostly European. Unusually, but true to the dialogical nature of Gestalt therapy, each chapter concludes with a critical commentary by another expert in the same topic. The result is a rich, international polyphony on the current state of Gestalt theory and practice, appropriate for inexperienced and experienced practitioners, especially whose with a humanistic therapy orientation. The ambitiousness of this work and the degree to which it succeeds inspires the reviewer to conclude with his personal wish list for a second edition or later version.