To all of those familiar with the Gestalt model and its many creative extensions and applications, the name Joseph Zinker needs no introduction. A master Gestalt therapist and a cofounder of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, Joseph trained with Fritz Perls in the 1960's and has been influential in the growth and development of Gestalt theory and methodology for over three decades.
His groundbreaking 1976 book, Creative Process in Gestalt Therapy, remains a best-seller and classic. It eloquently presents his unique contributions to the Gestalt method including dreamwork as theater, the choreography of expressive movement, experiment, and application of the arts to psychotherapy. In his most recent book, In Search of Good Form: Gestalt Therapy with Couples and Families, (TAP, 1998 pbk.) Joseph inspires a return to Gestalt therapy with couples and families, Joseph inspires a return to Gestalt therapy's roots in humanism, holism, and faith in the creative power of growth and integration that resides in each of us.
Aside from his books, he has published many articles on psychotherapy, the arts, and the phenomenology of love. In recent years his focus has been on the development of couple and family therapy. He now leads workshops around the world and is well know as an engaging teacher, helping and inspiring therapists and lay people alike. Joseph has experienced drama and struggle in his rich life, resulting in a deep compassion for his fellow man. He is seen as lively and creative, at times funny, at others deeply moving as he lovingly reaches out to workshop participants.
Table of Contents
Forword - Paul Shane
Preface - Joseph Zinker
PART ONE: THERE AND THEN
1. Apperceptive Mass: My Grounding
2. Searching for Clarity
PART TWO: ON BEING A THERAPIST
3. The Therapist As Artist
4. Presence as Evocative Power in Therapy
5. Notes to a Student
6. Synthetic Thinking
7. Phenomenology of the Here and Now
8. On Grandparently Love
9. Polemics, Systems and the Nature of Interventions
PART THREE: ON BEING A CLIENT
10. Excerpts from Rosa Lee
11. Entitlement: A Meditation for the Psychotherapy Client
12. In Search of a Therapeutic Eclecticism
with Irving Bailin
PART FOUR: IN DIALOGUE
13. Discussions with the Masters
with Robert Harman
14. Interview with Joseph C. Zinker
15. Lies in Intimate Systems
with Sonia Nevis
16. Why Children?
with Sonia Nevis and Edwin Nevis
17. Marriage: The Impossible Relationship
with Sonia Nevis