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Gestalt Therapy: The Art of Contact
Serge Ginger (1928-2011) | Translated by Sarah Spargo, Sally Reeder Cojean | Foreword by Ken Evans
Routledge (London: Karnac Books) / Softcover / Dec 2007
9781855755710 (ISBN-10: 1855755718)
Gestalt Therapy
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Gestalt Therapy has been developing steadily for the last 50 years in America as well as in Europe. It is currently practiced in different settings: individual, group, and family therapies; personal growth; and social, medical and business organizations.

This book is written mostly for beginners and for psychotherapy clients: it summarizes the central philosophy of this approach and the main techniques for the enrichment of contact. It includes sketches, charts, indexes, a glossary and a bibliography, which help make the concept come alive. It also explains, in an accessible way, the latest discoveries concerning the brain (neurosciences), dreams and sexuality.

Serge Ginger puts forth a specifically French approach: a synthesis of the French culture (greatly influenced by psychoanalysis) along with a mobilizing and interactive method, emphasizing the cycle of contact, evoking the emotions, the body and the right hemisphere of the brain.

It is a new, optimistic approach to human relations.
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Reviews & Endorsements:
“It is a pleasure to tell you all about Serge Ginger, a distant cousin and a professional friend for 30 years. This is an interesting and varied book. It reflects Serge Ginger’s rich knowledge and multilingual background. His writing reflects the influence of Fritz Perls—Perls had a profound impact on my own professional development in Gestalt thinking and work—so it is a pleasure to ‘meet’ Fritz again and again in Serge’s writing.”

- Joseph Zinker, PhD, Perls’ discipline, Cleveland and Cape Cod

“Serge Ginger offers us a rate treat: a work which brings together traditional French contemporary Gestalt therapy, and both psychoanalytic understanding and up-to-date research from the neurosciences. But this is no idiosyncratic view; it has a knowledge and wisdom honed by his position as a leading international exponent of Gestalt, a much sought-after teacher in Europe, Russia, Japan and the Americas. The fact that he can present his work in so readable a way ensures that those with even a limited understanding of the field will be rewarded by reading this book.”
- Adrian M. Rhodes, Vice Chair (Regulation), UK Council for Psychotherapy

Contents:

About the Author; Foreword—Ken Evans; Introduction; 1) What is Gestalt?; 2) The Therapist is Incarnate; 3) Fritz Perls, the Father of Gestalt Therapy; 4) The Theory of the Self; 5) Gestalt-Pedagogy and Socio-Gestalt; 6) Gestalt and the Brain; 7) Dreams in Gestalt Therapy; 8) The Body, The Emotions; 9) Vital Drives: Aggression and Sexuality; 10) The Personality Profile (Psychopathology); 11) Twenty Basic Notions; Annexes: Glossary; Short Bibliography; Practical Information; Index.

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