Lynne Jacobs and Richard Hycner assemble an international group of Gestalt theorists and clinicians for an engaging and insightful investigation into the integration of relational approaches within Gestalt therapy. The book is divided thematically into three sections. The first section speculates on the history and development of relationality in terms of Gestalt therapy. Chapters that discuss the patient-therapist relationship comprise the second section, and include explorations into uncertainty in interpretation and understanding, attunement and optimal responsiveness, working with shame, and negotiating individuality and betweenness. The last section opens up to groups and organizations, applying relational approaches to Gestalt therapeutic encounters with more than one patient.
Rich Hycner, Ph.D., is the author of Between Person and Person: Toward an Dialogical Psychotherapy, and co-author (with Lynne Jacobs) of The Healing Relationship in Gestalt Therapy: A Self Psychology Approach. He has been profoundly influenced by Martin Buber's philosophy of dialogue and Erving and Miriam Polster's creative utilization of Gestalt therapy. He is especially interested in the relational dimensions of the therapeutic relationship as a nexus for healing. Lynne Jacobs, Ph.D., is cofounder of the Pacific Gestalt Institute and a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis. She is particularly interested in relational processes in therapy. She co-authored (with Richard Hycner) The Healing Relationship in Gestalt Therapy: A Self Psychology Approach. She has written numerous articles and teaches internationally.