Hello Brian and Phil Leon. I think the issue of the relevance of the exercises in PHG (Hefferline's contribution) in 2003 relates to what has been capturing our attention theoretically. While awareness has always remained important, I think various other strands of theory have been undergoing development ever since the Polsters recast Gestalt therapy as a therapy of contact. From that point on we have been exploring intersubjectivity, diaologue,and field theory while trying to remain connected to our experiential roots in experimental process. We keep coming back to PHG to see how our theoretical development relates to the primary text. In the process people have been writing some pretty good stuff. I'm thinking of Sylvia Crocker, Peter Philippson, Gordon Wheeler, Lynn Jacobson, Gary Yontef, Jennifer MacKewn, and many,many others. In fact, there is a new textbook coming out in the next year or so on Gestalt therapy (edited by Ansel Woldt and Sarah Toman) with many of these authors contributing chapters; it will be published by Sage Publications,and I believe would be a good addition to a basic Gestalt therapy library. (Just to attend to self disclosure, I've got a chapter in that book: "Gestalt Therapy in Community Mental Health.")
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