Abstract

This paper considers that there are five identifiable, interweaving but potentially distinct kinds of therapeutic relationships to be found in Gestalt theory and practice. These are the working alliance, the "unfinished" (or transference/countertransference) relationship, the reparative (and/or developmental) relationship, the I-You (or dialogic relationship), and the transpersonal relationship. Each and all of these modalities are available for constructive use in Gestalt clinical work and its supervision to nuance theoretical understanding, refine conscientious research, and contribute to the development of our discipline.

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