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Symposium: A Gestalt Therapy approach to work... - Recording
Madeleine Fogarty & Dr Jelena Zeleskov Djoric
A Gestalt Therapy approach to working with trauma
In contemporary life people live in the environment which can be defined as trauma society. People are highly stressed and under pressure in many areas of their life. The concept of trauma has been researched in numerous fields and different treatment models try to compete in their effectiveness and efficacy. Evidence-based practice in psychotherapy has become a gold standard and trauma research has been funded and supported more than in the past. However little work has been presented on Gestalt approaches to trauma.
As a humanistic, phenomenological and holistic approach, gestalt therapy has its own model of working with trauma. Trauma is recognised through the contact process and phenomenological presence between the therapist and the client. The aim of this presentation is to highlight the basic understanding of trauma in gestalt therapy and to provide some guidelines for working with trauma. The Gestalt Therapy Fidelity Scale will be introduced as a foundation for this holistic approach which includes dialogic relating, working in the here and now, phenomenological practice, working with embodiment, working with field theory and experimental attitude. During the presentation concepts of aesthetic relational presence, dialogical interventions, the phenomenology of trauma, I-Thou dialogue and specific phases will be discussed.
Madeleine Fogarty is a psychotherapist and researcher living in Melbourne. She has over 20 years’ experience in private practice and has worked in forensic and mental health settings. Madeleine has been widely published in Gestalt therapy. She is completing her PhD in Psychology on the development of the Gestalt Therapy Fidelity Scale. Madeleine is on the leadership group for PACFA’s College of Psychotherapy, a council member of GANZ, a member of the AAGT and NYIGT and she is on the scientific Board for the European Association for Gestalt Therapy.
Dr Jelena Zeleskov Doric, PhD, MSc and BSc Hons in Psychology, BA Hons and MA in Gestalt Therapy, has been involved in psychology and psychotherapy education, supervision, and research for 15 years. Jelena was a Vice-President of the European Association for Gestalt Therapy and a Board member of the European Association for Psychotherapy. Jelena is an International Chair of Gestalt Australia and New Zealand. She lectures at Australian College of Applied Psychology, works in private practice as a Gestalt Psychotherapist and is an active researcher with an interst in the relationship between neuroscience, attachment and gestalt therapy.
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