Gestalt

Gestalt Therapy has evolved tremendously.  Explore these useful resources to see how it is more than the empty chair technique.

Psychotherapy with the Unmotivated Patient
by Erving Polster
This video depicts renowned therapist and teacher Erving Polster artfully and adeptly plying his trade with Gerald, the type of client we have all struggled with: bright, cynical, emotionally detached, overly-intellectual, and seemingly determined to defeat this therapist as he has previous ones. 

Part of the 8-video series: Assessment and Treatment of Psychological Disorders
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Erving Polster on Gestalt Therapy
by Erving Polster
In this in-depth interview, you’ll get to know Polster’s unique take on Gestalt therapy, and see for yourself how he boldly elevates ordinary conversations into life-affirming encounters. 
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Gestalt Therapy with Children
by Violet Oaklander
Watch Gestalt child therapist Violet Oaklander in an actual counseling session with a 13-year old boy who has difficulty expressing anger.

Part of the 11-video series: Child Therapy with the Experts
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Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories in Context and Practice
by John Sommers-Flanagan, Rita Sommers-Flanagan
Finally, some examples of the major psychotherapy theories all in one video! John and Rita Sommers-Flanagan present eleven of the best-known approaches to counseling and psychotherapy side-by-side, with real therapy sessions and extensive commentary covering theory, strategy, and effective techniques.
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Child Therapy Case Consultation
by Violet Oaklander
In this live consultation, you will get a tangible sense of how Violet Oaklander works with a variety of children, while gaining practical skills to bring back to your own clients immediately.
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Transactional Analysis
by Mary Goulding
Watch Mary Goulding demonstrate Transactional Analysis in a live therapy session. By watching how quickly she brings her client to real depth work you'll understand why she was widely regarded as a true master therapist.

Part of the 15-video series: Psychotherapy with the Experts
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Leading Counseling Groups with Adults: A Demonstration of the Art of Engagement
by Ed Jacobs, PhD & Christine Schimmel, EdD
How do group therapists deepen engagement while keeping things moving? In this video, watch two experienced co-leaders demonstrate core techniques for successful group therapy with adults.
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Erving Polster on Gestalt Therapy
Gestalt Therapist and teacher extraordinaire discusses the origins of Gestalt Therapy, his encounters with Fritz Perls, the importance of making contact, and more.
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Violet Oaklander on Gestalt Therapy with Children
The founder of Gestalt therapy with children and adolescents discusses therapeutic relationship building with kids and teens, the unique rewards of introducing expressive arts therapy techniques, and the challenges of being sufficiently directive in working with children.  
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Interrupting the Conversation: Gestalt Therapy Here and Now
by Norman Shub
Using a case study with a disconnected client, a contemporary Gestalt therapist debunks myths that have lingered from the heyday of Fritz Perls. 


Louis Cozolino on the Integration of Neuroscience into Psychotherapy—and its Limitations
Psychologist and neuroscience researcher Louis Cozolino describes the many twists, turns and theoretical orientations he's traversed in his over four decades in the field, the need for psychotherapists to be less passive, and the applications of neuroscience to psychotherapy both now and in the future.
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