ERIC Number: ED336703
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug-21
Group Counseling Using the Gestalt Approach.
The phenomenological-existential therapy known as gestalt therapy sees awareness as its major goal. Clients are helped to become aware of what they are doing, how they are doing it, and how they can change themselves while, at the same time, learning to accept and value themselves. An important topic in the gestalt group process is the key concept--a concept that defines members as unique individuals and social beings. In addition, there is affirmation of and belief in each person as a potentially healthy person with all the necessary equipment to live a satisfying life. The group leader is valued for an ability to work at both the individual and group levels and to move smoothly back and forth between the two levels. The most basic technique in working toward awareness is simple observation. Other techniques used in group counseling with gestalt therapy include awareness experiments, unfinished business, exaggeration, reversals, making the rounds, fantasy approaches, and rehearsal. Gestalt therapy has proven to be effective in time-limited situations. It is applicable to a variety of problems and is used with children, adolescents, and adults. It provides a perspective on growth and enhancement while focusing on current behaviors. Group members are given the opportunity to do their own seeing, feeling, sensing, and interpreting. (NB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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