Gestalt Therapy in Clinical Practice
From psychopathology to the aesthetics of contact
Eds. Gianni Francesetti, Michela Gecele, Jan Roubal
“A Gestalt therapy handbook on psychopathology, and to boot a relational approach to this complex topic! This book is ground-breaking and revolutionary. Breaking new ground is always controversial, as I am sure this book will be, both among Gestalt therapists and among more traditional medical model psychopathologically oriented psychiatrists and psychologists.(…) This book is revolutionary in its effort to tackle the topic of psychopathology from a Gestalt relational perspective and it offers a specifically formulated Gestalt therapy view of understanding psychopathology. It views psychopathology as a co-created phenomenon of the field that emerges at the contact boundary and as being able to be transformed in the process of contact. This is a laudable attempt to expand the core concepts of a Gestalt theory of human functioning to understanding seriously disturbed clients and psychotic functioning”
Preface, by Leslie Greenberg
Introduction by Gianni Francesetti, Michela Gecele and Jan Roubal
Part I – Basic Principles of Gestalt Therapy in Clinical Practice
Fundamentals and Development of Gestalt Therapy in the Contemporary Context, by Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb – Comment, by Gordon Wheeler; Gestalt Therapy Approach to Psychopathology, by Gianni Francesetti, Michela Gecele and Jan Roubal – Comment, by Peter Philippson; Gestalt Therapy Approach to Diagnosis, by Jan Roubal, Michela Gecele and Gianni Francesetti – Comment, by Antonio Sichera; Developmental Perspective in Gestalt Therapy. The Polyphonic Development of Domains, by Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb –Comment, by Ruella Frank; Situated Ethics and the Ethical World of Gestalt Therapy, by Dan Bloom – Comment, by Richard E. Lompa; Research and Gestalt Therapy, by Ken Evans – Comment, by Leslie Greenberg; Combination of Gestalt Therapy and Psychiatric Medication, by Jan Roubal and Elena Křivková – Comment, by Brigitte Lapeyronnie-Robine
Part II – Specific Contexts and Focuses
Social Context and Psychotherapy, by Giovanni Salonia – Comment, by Philip Lichtenberg; Political Dimension in Gestalt Therapy, by Stefan Blankertz – Comment, by Lee Zevy; Living Multicultural Contexts, by Michela Gecele – Comment, by Talia Bar-Yoseph Levine; Gestalt Therapy and Developmental Theories, by Giovanni Salonia – Comment, by Peter Mortola; Shame, by Jean-Marie Robine – Comment, by Ken Evans
Part III – Specific Life Situations
The Gilded Cage of Creative Adjustment: a Gestalt Approach to Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents, by Nurith Levi – Comment, by Neil Harris; Risk of Psychopathology in Old Age, by Frans Meulmeester – Comment, by Martine Bleeker; Loss and Grief. Sometimes, just one person missing makes the whole world seem depopulated, by Carmen Vázquez Bandín – Comment, by Gonzague Masquelier; The Power of “Moving on”. A Gestalt Therapy Approach to Trauma Treatment, by Ivana Vidakovic – Comment, by Willi Butollo; Assessing Suicidal Risk, by Dave Mann – Comment, by Jelena Zeleskov Djoric
Part IV – Specific Clinical Sufferings
“What Does it Look Like?”. A Gestalt Approach to Dementia, by Frans Meulmeester – Comment, by Katerina Siampani; Dependent Behaviors, by Philip Brownell and Peter Schulthess – Comment, by Nathalie Casabo; Beyond the Pillars of Hercules. A Gestalt Therapy Perspective of Psychotic Experiences, by Gianni Francesetti and Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb – Comment, by Gary Yontef; Gestalt Therapy Approach to Depressive Experiences, by Gianni Francesetti and Jan Roubal – Comment, by Joe Melnick; Bipolar Experiences, by Michela Gecele – Comment, by Daan van Baalen; Anxiety Within the Situation: Disturbances of Gestalt Construction, by Jean-Marie Robine – Comment, by Myriam Muñoz Polit; Gestalt Therapy Perspective on Panic Attacks, by Gianni Francesetti – Comment, by Nancy Amendt-Lyon; Gestalt Therapy with the Phobic-Obsessive-Compulsive Relational Styles, by Giovanni Salonia – Comment, by Hans Peter Dreitzel; Anorexic, Bulimic and Hyperphagic Existences: Dramatic Forms of Female Creativity, by Elisabetta Conte and Maria Mione– Comment, by Irina Lopatukhina; Gestalt Approach to Psychosomatic Disorders, by Oleg Nemirinskiy – Comment, by Giuseppe Iaculo;Relational Sexual Issues: Love and Lust in Context, by Nancy Amendt-Lyon – Comment, by Marta Helliesen; Introduction to Personality Disturbances. Diagnostic and Social Remarks, by Michela Gecele; Borderline. The Wound of the Boundary, by Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb – Comment, by Christine Stevens; From the Greatness of the Image to the Fullness of Contact. Thoughts on Gestalt Therapy and Narcissistic Experience, by Giovanni Salonia – Comment, by Bertram Müller; Hysteria: Formal Definition and New Approach to a Phenomenological Understanding. A Psychopathological Reconsideration, by Sergio La Rosa – Comment, by Valeria Conte; Violent Behaviours, by Dieter Bongers – Comment, by Bernhard Thosold and Beatrix Wimmer
Gianni Francesetti Gestalt therapist, psychiatrist, supervisor and international trainer. President of the European Association for Gestalt Therapy, President of the Italian NUO (Federazione Italiana delle Associazioni di Psicoterapia), Past President of the Società Italiana Psicoterapia Gestalt, Associate Member of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy, member of the Society for Psychotherapy Research. He has authored articles, chapters, and books in the field of psychiatry, psychopathology and psychotherapy.
Michela Gecele Gestalt therapist, psychiatrist, supervisor and psychotherapy trainer. She has been working for 19 years in a public mental health service, for three years has coordinated a psychological and psychiatric service for immigrants and she is supervisor of public mental health services and of programs for immigrants. She has authored articles and books in the field of psychiatry, psychotherapy and transcultural matters. She is a member of the Human Rights & Social Responsibility Committee of the European Association for Gestalt Therapy.
Jan Roubal Gestalt therapist, psychiatrist, supervisor and psychotherapy trainer. He teaches psychotherapy and psychiatry at Masaryk University in Brno. He is a member of the European Association of Psychotherapy, European Association of Gestalt Therapy (chairing the Research Committee), Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration and Society for Psychotherapy Research. He publishes texts mostly on psychotherapy in clinical practice and has co-edited a Czech publication entitled Current Psychotherapy.