Abstract

The relationship between the leader and members in Gestalt group therapy is discussed in order to help understand and navigate difficulties and complexities that arise in this relationship. The author posits that vulnerabilities run high in Gestalt group therapy with potential for healing along with potential for wounding and shame. The group is seen as an intersubjective field rich in complexity, always in process, always unfolding and never fully understood by any group participant: member or leader. When negative or shaming experiences arise, insight and intelligence concerning the difficulty and its resolution are distributed among the group's membership and leadership, with each person holding a valuable perspective.

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