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CoCreating the Field

Intention and Practice in the Age of Complexity, 1st Edition

Edited by Deborah Ullman, Gordon Wheeler

Gestalt Press

408 pages

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pub: 2009-06-23
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Cocreating the Field is about developing a radically new story to shift our perception of who we are as humans from a focus on our separate individual natures to our complex interconnectedness.

The core Gestalt model offers a theoretical and pragmatic frame for addressing urgent concerns in a wide range of crucial arenas. Topics include the new relational neuroscience and how it interfaces with Gestalt's assumptions about healthy human process; how one therapist is working with children in Dharamsala, India and Capetown, South Africa to help them digitally tell their stories in support of resilience; how transformational thinking brings pro-social and, for some, spiritual questing into focus; and how Gestalt-trained practitioners, therapists, coaches and consultants can become citizen-practitioners in a troubled world.

Going beyond the original Esalen Institute study conference on the Evolution of Gestalt, Cocreating the Field offers guidance for moving forward effectively and joyously as awakened interdependent participants in these stressful times.


"This dazzling anthology sets the direction and agenda for Gestalt therapy in the 21st century…It crackles with an urgency appropriate to the times while clearly articulating the cutting edge in Gestalt therapy." - Archie Roberts, Graduate Faculty, Holistic Counseling Program, Salve Regina University

"Gestalt is the natural response to the challenge of awakening from cultural trance. The authors in this brilliant collection show you how and why that is so true today." - Mark Nicolson, Transformative Learning Executive Coach and Co-Founder, Ventana Group

"An inspiring collection. This book redefines the agenda for a more field-relational Gestalt practice, even as it reminds us of the reach and relevance of contemporary Gestalt to the ways we live and work today." - Ty Francis, Organizational Development Consultant

Table of Contents

Ullman, Prologue. Wheeler, New Directions in Gestalt Theory and Practice: Psychology and Psychotherapy in the Age of Complexity. Jacobs, Relationality: Foundational Assumptions. Staemmler, On Macaque Monkeys, Players, and Clairvoyants: Some Ideas for a Gestalt Therapeutic Concept of Empathy. Lobb, Cocreation and the Contact Boundary in the Therapeutic Situation. Carlson, Kolodny, Embodying Field Theory in How We Work with Groups and Organizations. Carlson, Kolodny, Have We Been Missing Something? Fodor, Digital Storytelling with Tibetan Adolescents in Dharamsala, India. Ullman, Mindfulness, Magic, and Metaphysics. Hemming, A Larger Field. Parlett, A Part of the Whole, A Part to Play. Wheeler, Afterword.

About the Editors

Deborah Ullman, M.A., a coach, somatics-based therapist, and Gestalt trainer works in Orleans, on Cape Cod, MA, with adults and teens focusing on consciousness and healing, with emphasis on relational therapy. Deborah is Editor and Co-Director of the GestaltPress logo. She travels and teached widely, and loves music from Miles to Makeba, from Mahler to Debussy. She co-chairs the CTR Psychology Council conference series "Evolution of Gestalt" at Esalen Institute.

Gordon Wheeler, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist with over thirty years of practice, teaches and trains widely around the world. He has authored or edited some dozen books and over 100 articles in the field and as Editor and Co-Director of GestaltPress, he has brought work by over 100 other Gestalt authors to print. Gordon serves as President and CEO of Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA, which hosts the world's largest and longest-running Gestalt-based residential community.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Gestalt