Towards a research tradition in Gestalt therapy

Stress and organizational well-being: A Gestalt organizational consulting method supported by grounded theory

Gestalt psychotherapyTheory discussionEnglish
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Abstract

Research can help Gestalt therapists demonstrate the efficacy of their approach (usually via outcome research), and to improve their understanding of which dimensions and aspects create change in psychotherapy (process research). A third purpose of research for Gestalt therapy is to support clinical models. In this chapter I will present the use of research as applied to a model of organizational consulting. My purpose is to highlight what managers of organizations think of their group of workers and cooperators and to combine this data with observational data taken from the group of workers. We have used text analysis to describe the thoughts of managers. This research method is consistent with Gestalt therapy, since it gives us information on what is figure to the client (the manager of the organization in our case), and also from what experiential ground the figure is formed. First, I will demonstrate the compatibility between Gestalt therapy language and that of organizations. Then I will describe the model of organizational consulting, adapting Gestalt group theory to organizational life. Finally, I will provide an example of organizational consulting, supported by text analysis research.

APA citation

Spagnuolo Lobb, M. (2016). Stress and organizational well-being: A Gestalt organizational consulting method supported by grounded theory. In Towards a research tradition in Gestalt therapy (pp. 151-166). Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.