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Comments on the article by L. Gaynier (2004, this issue). I want to thank Lisa Gaynier for beginning an important conversation on mediation and Gestalt. Given the burgeoning field of dispute resolution generally (no longer known as 'alternative') and mediation specifically, it is a timely dialogue and, as she says, intended to be the first of many. To this mediator, Gestalt theory, principles, and methodologies complement mediation broadly and transformative mediation (TF) per se so particularly that it would seem that TF could name Gestalt as one of its influences. In the spirit of multiple realities, this response will focus on the efficacy of empowerment and recognition in TF. Using the theory base of Gestalt and TF, contact, and presence/use of self, I will support the view that empowerment and recognition (strength and compassion and the contact they represent) are as much the point of mediation as awareness and contact are the point in Gestalt therapy. Lisa rightly points out that the writings on TF lack references to historical antecedents of theory. I agree with Lisa that the TF model would be improved by accounting for and working with resistances. To conclude, transformative mediation is an artful, sometimes elusive practice

Year of Publication
2003
Journal
Gestalt Review
Volume
7
Issue
3
Number of Pages
204-209,
ISBN Number
10848657, 19454023