Recommended for those wanting an intro to #Gestalt #Therapy. This book is a collection of transcripts of workshops Uncle Fritz led in California in the late 1960s. "Gestalt Therapy Verbatim" by Frederick (Fritz) Perls #counselling #counseling #psychotherapy pic.twitter.com/Bf8hKgK9JR
— Gerald Lee Jordan (@geraldleejordan) December 8, 2018
When I wanted an introduction to Gestalt Therapy, this book was one of my first acquisitions. When I was a counselling student, I had seen the 1960s videos of Perls, Rogers and Ellis counselling Gloria (these videos are a rite of passage for counselling students). Like most, my first instinct was to support the idea that Rogers was most effective – with Perls insulting and condescending to Gloria (and Ellis – to use a modern expression – “mansplaining”). Although Perls seemed a bit harsh and rude, I sensed there was something more to what he was achieving. So, I began to research Gestalt Therapy (and I have come around to believing that Perls was the most effective therapist with Gloria – a topic for another post).
Other texts are more theoretical. This one is Uncle Fritz sitting in a chair and talking to his students (followers). You might want to read a bit of theory first, so that you can jump into this in a similar mindset to those in the room with Fritz.