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Gestalt Therapy and Cognitive Therapy - Contrasts or Complementarities?

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  • Jan Tønnesvang
  • Ulla Sommer, Hedebocentret samt privat praksis, Danmark
  • James Hammink, Institut for Integrativ Gestalt, Danmark
  • Mikael Sonne, Gestaltterapeutisk Uddannelsescenter, Danmark
  • Psykologisk Institut
The article investigates the relationship
between crucial concepts and understandings
in gestalt therapy and cognitive
therapy aiming at discussing if and
how they can be mutually enriching
when considered as complementary
parts in a more encompassing integrative
therapeutic approach. It is argued
that gestalt therapy, defined as a fieldtheoretical
approach to the study of
gestalt formation process, can complement
the schema-based understanding
and practice in cognitive therapy. The
clinical benefits from a complementary
view of the two approaches will be a
wider scope of awareness toward individual
and contextual aspects of therapeutic
change processes, toward different
levels of memory involved in these
processes, and toward the relationship
between basic needs, sensation and
cognition in therapeutic work. Further,
a dialogue between the two approaches
will pave the way for addressing the
connection between fundamental awareness
work in gestalt therapy and the
tendency within cognitive therapy
toward incorporating mindfulness as
a therapeutic tool. In the conclusion of
the article, additional complementary
points between the two approaches are
Keywords: integrative therapy, gestalt
formation process, field theory, memory,
Sider (fra-til)586-602
Antal sider17
StatusUdgivet - 2010

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