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Towards a More Deeply Embodied Approach in Gestalt Therapy
Journal Title: QUADERNI DI GESTALT 
Author/s: James I. Kepner 
Year:  2013 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  14 Pg. 67-80 FullText PDF:  361 KB
DOI:  10.3280/GEST2013-001005
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This article critiques and assesses the development of body-oriented work in gestalt therapy. Strengths of the gestalt therapy approach are highlighted as work with the actual, and holding an integral viewpoint. The author critiques limitations in the field involving a narrow epistemology of the founding perspective, the inadequacy of awareness alone for psychophysical change, the inclusion of structural concepts, and the need for physical methodology including touch and movement and other somatic methods. A brief model is offered for appreciating the multi-level complexity of a more fully embodied approach.
Keywords: Body-oriented work, gestalt therapy, epistemology, gestalt therapy training, non-dualistic approach, self, organism/environment field, figure/ground, structured ground, awareness, patterns and organization, developmental theory

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James I. Kepner, Towards a More Deeply Embodied Approach in Gestalt Therapy in "QUADERNI DI GESTALT" 1/2013, pp. 67-80, DOI:10.3280/GEST2013-001005

   

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