Gestalt Therapy and MBCT Research Paper by Master Researcher

Gestalt Therapy and MBCT
Examines Gestalt Therapy in relation to mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT).
# 85010 | 3,150 words | 0 sources | 2005 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2005 in Psychology (Therapies) , Psychology (Theory)

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Gestalt is as much a philosophical and spiritual approach to life as it is a treatment for psychological disorders. The paper shows that it proposes, fore mostly, to raise the awareness of a human being of the inner workings of his mind and body so that he feels alive to life. It is, according to the Gestalt point of view the lack of self awareness that confines man to a mechanical existence and it is also this lack of self awareness that keeps man from genuine contact: first with him and second with the environment and other humans.

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"In the last decade a new variant of cognitive therapy called mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) has become popular as a psychotherapeutic branch, particularly in the treatment of depression. Gestalt therapy, on the other hand is an older branch that continues to have a select but fiercely loyal following. This paper is an attempt to compare the two. It will first look at each branch from a theatrical and also practice point of view. Then it will try to show where these tow modalities of psychotherapy converge and diverge."

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