Abstract

In the founding text of Gestalt therapy (Perls, Hefferline, Goodman, 1951/1994), the concept of “contact” considers experience from a perspective centered on the individual rather than on the relationship. Today, we need a model that allows us to take into account the reciprocity of the exchange occurring between patient and therapist, all the while that it remains consistent with the epistemological assumptions of Gestalt therapy. In the innovative contributions of Gordon Wheeler and Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb, the author identifies the premises of a relational Gestalt approach which would permit a detailed analysis of how patient and therapist create together the experience of their meeting moment by moment.

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