The professional counselor's desk reference.

Gestalt Therapy

Philip Brownell
Gestalt psychotherapyTheory discussionEnglish
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Many counselors have seen the training film of Fritz Perls working with "Gloria." This does not accurately depict gestalt therapy as it is practiced today. So, what is gestalt therapy? Gestalt has been described as an existential field theory and characterized as phenomenological behaviorism. A brief description of the practice of gestalt therapy is offered and presented below under its four primary theoretical constructs, but a more in-depth description following this same development can be found in The Handbook for Theory, Research, and Practice in Gestalt Therapy. 

Year of Publication
Number of Pages
Springer Publishing Company
ISBN Number
978-0-8261-1547-8 (Hardcover)

APA citation

Brownell, P. (2009). Gestalt Therapy. In The professional counselor's desk reference. (pp. 399-407, ). Springer Publishing Company.