Journal of Counseling Psychology

Specific effects of Gestalt two-chair dialogue on intrapsychic conflict in counseling.

Gestalt psychotherapyResearchNon-randomized controlled trials or naturalistic studyEnglish
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Abstract

Examined the differential effects of the Gestalt 2-chair intervention (G2) and emphatic reflections of feeling on client depth of experiencing, reported change in awareness, level of discomfort, conflict resolution, reported behavior change, and progress. Three Gestalt-oriented and 7 eclectically-oriented counselors and 16 20–46 yr old clients were used as their own controls, and each of the interventions was applied to each S to help resolve conflicts expressed in counseling sessions. Results show that depth of experiencing shifts in awareness, and reported conflict resolution after the session and in a 1-wk follow-up were greater for G2 treatment. Reported behavior change after 1 wk and progress over 1 wk were also significantly greater for G2. Level of discomfort after the session was not significantly different for the 2 treatments. Results support claims for the efficacy of G2 used in the context of a good working relationship in helping to resolve intrapsychic conflicts. In addition, it appeared that trained counselors' level of experience with the method did not influence the effectiveness of G2.

APA citation

Greenberg, L. S., & Dompierre, L. (1981). Specific effects of Gestalt two-chair dialogue on intrapsychic conflict in counseling. Journal Of Counseling Psychology, 28, 288-294. http://doi.org/10.1037//0022-0167.28.4.288