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Unread March 5th, 2005, 09:46 PM
Phil Brownell Phil Brownell is offline
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In January this year Sage published the first major textbook for Gestalt Therapy, titled, Gestalt Therapy, History, Theory, and Practice, edited by Ansel Woldt and Sarah Toman. Brian O'Neill is a contributor to that text, as am I. I am advocating people to purchase a copy (which they can do through www.sagepub.com), but more than that, I am offering to discuss concepts in my chapter (Gestalt therapy in community mental health). I am not open for supervision, as I am busy supervising someone already, I run a busy practice, and I'm involved in other writing, but I will check back here from time to time to deal with people who have obviously purchased a copy of the text and want to discuss it. My hopes are that many will do that because this book is a product of some of the best thinkers and writers in the Gestalt world, including contributors to major Gestalt journals, trainers in major training centers, and theorists who have been developing the Gestalt approach for the last few decades.

Philip Brownell, M.Div., Psy.D.
Sr. Editor, Gestalt! (www.g-gej.org)
Clinical Psychologist, Bermuda

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Unread April 2nd, 2005, 09:52 PM
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Dr. Brownell,

Hw many people paid you to kiss your arse with this publication? Are those authors really good thinkers?

Anna
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Dear "Anna,"
No one paid me. Rather, when the various chapter authors actually were able to contemplate the entire book (after it was published and they had received a copy), there was a spontaneous outpouring of amazement and gratitude - for the scope and the depth as well as for the privilege of having participated in its creation. You inquire into the credibility of these various authors; they are simply the leading thinkers and writers, representing most of the significant Gestalt therapy training centers, in the world. Read it or don't read it. But until you actually know what you're talking about in the discipline of Gestalt therapy and have had a chance to contemplate the book for yourself, you will not appreciate that what I say here about the book is true.

Philip Brownell, M.Div.; Psy.D.
Sr. Editor, Gestalt! (www.g-gej.org)
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Unread April 3rd, 2005, 12:05 PM
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Dear "Phil",

I become weary when I hear people say their group has "leading thinkers...in the world." Like your little corner is the only corner in the world. Are your people so brilliant in that concept?

Anna
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Unread April 3rd, 2005, 04:22 PM
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Anna,
It might help if you remember that you are posting to a forum dedicated to Gestalt therapy. The book is about Gestalt therapy. The context of my comments concerned Gestalt therapy. So, in that context, I stand on what I wrote, whether you are tired of hearing such things or not. Those contributing to the textbook are among the leading thinkers, writers, and trainers in Gestalt therapy. Are you actually interested in Gestalt therapy or just a cynical student who thinks there is some virtue in skepticism?

Phil
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Unread April 3rd, 2005, 10:44 PM
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Dear Phil,

Gestalt forum. Yes, I got that. What bothers me as I repeat myself is your word usage. "Leading" thinkers, writers and Gestalt Trainers in the field. My problem is with the words you use. In any discipline we will have these great so-called "leaders." But isn't that just in their own minds? Are these people so great? Also is Gestalt therapy the very best theory in the field? What makes it better then Psychodynamic? Or Cognitive behavioral? Or Family Systems? Or any other theory? Each theory is basically the same with the major concepts changed to different words. I could argue the same points here against other disciplines and the "professionals" in other forums would argue they are the BEST! With so many therapists around why is the world still basically sad and mad?

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