This introductory course explores the history and development of Gestalt therapy. The development of a humanistic, phenomenological theory during an era of psychoanalytic dominance gives new light to the unique nature of this approach. The history also explores the influence of contributors. Key principles of the theory are also explored. With Gestalt being such a dynamic, robust theory, it is often challenging for new theorists to see how each piece fits together. This course lays the foundation of understanding with cornerstones explained and linked to the rudimentary philosophy.
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