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Coleman, A. M. (1994). Companion Encyclopedia of Psychology (Vol. 2). New York, NY: Wiley & Sons.

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  • TITLE: Gestalt Couples Therapy in the Field of Trauma

    AUTHORS: Paul Jenkins

    KEYWORDS: Gestalt, Couples Therapy, Trauma

    JOURNAL NAME: Psychology, Vol.7 No.5, May 19, 2016

    ABSTRACT: The field of Gestalt therapy has long had a troubled relationship with mainstream psychotherapy. The decades long assent of cognitive-behavioral and other, more objectively oriented therapies moved Gestalt even further from common acceptance as a valid alternative for treatment. Couple’s therapy, in particular, has not commonly been seen as a natural “fit” for Gestalt practice. The author’s view is that the recent rise of integrated therapy and the need for Evidence-Based Treatment separate from issues of allegiance to a particular school of therapy has created a new opportunity to reconsider Gestalt therapy theory and practice in couple’s work. It is particularly relevant for work with couples in which one or both have been traumatized. Recent developments in Gestalt practice offers a fresh approach for such work, especially in regard to its focus on resolving underlying shame and the need for the couple to develop mutual acceptance at a deep level. Both these therapeutic tasks are vital in work with traumatized clients. These Gestalt tasks can easily be integrated with other, more mainstream models of working with trauma and working couples. An example of this integrated approach is offered to explore the ramifications of the theoretical assertion.