1st Edition

Contact and Context New Directions in Gestalt Coaching

Edited By Ty Francis, Malcolm Parlett Copyright 2017
    306 Pages
    by Gestalt Press

    306 Pages
    by Gestalt Press

    This collection brings together some leading figures in Gestalt coaching to take stock of the field and consider how it might move forward. It covers the principles of Gestalt coaching and encourages practitioners to rethink the application of Gestalt in new ways and new settings – e.g. leadership, management and team development. Individual chapters also explore radical and personal perspectives on Gestalt coaching, from considering the place of embodiment to ‘being’ in coaching practice and looking at the transformational micro-moments of the client encounter.

    Acknowledgements. Preface. Francis and Parlett, Introduction. Denham Vaughan and Gawlinski, Field-Relational Coaching for Gestalt Beginners: The PAIR Model. Parlett, ‘Whole Intelligence’ in Coaching. Johnston, The Aesthetics of Transformational Gestalt Coaching: A Heartfelt Research Project. Farrands, Breakdown and Possibility in Managerial Work:Reflections for Coaches. Fairfield and Shelton, Resources for Relational Leadership. Congram, Working with the Imaginal Field. Carlson and Kolodny, Making the Relational Turn: Some New Perspectives on Coaching Groups. Wollants, The Bodying Forth of the Situation. Gaffney, The Art and Craft of the Field Attuner. Francis, ‘Living Moments’ in the Art of Coaching.


    Ty Francis, PhD. Ty is a leading Organisational Development consultant, coach and facilitator who works internationally on a variety of personal, organisational and social transformation projects. Following his doctoral research in social psychology, he is passionate about supporting people in their personal development as a foundation both for deep-impact leadership and for organisational and social transformation. His work helps leaders, teams and organisations work together more collaboratively, more creatively and more compassionately.

    Malcolm Parlett, PhD. Malcolm followed his doctoral work in experimental psychology at Cambridge with research into teaching and learning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Edinburgh University. He co-founded the Gestalt Psychotherapy and Training Institute in the UK, edited the British Gestalt Journal, and was appointed a visiting professor of Gestalt psychotherapy at the University of Derby. In his retirement he has continued with his coaching practice, writing, and editing. He is the author of the book Future Sense: Five Explorations of Whole Intelligence for a World That’s Waking Up.

    "This book is a welcome contribution to the coaching literature. It provides a full appreciation of the range of contributions from Gestalt Psychology to the field of coaching. Every coach will find something here that will both expand and deepen their thinking and their practice. This book emphasizes two core aspects that are central to quality coaching – how we turn up (our presence as a coach) and how we attend to the context in which the work is happening."

    Peter Hawkins, Professor of Leadership, Henley Business School, Chairman, Renewal Associates, and author of many books on coaching, team coaching, supervision and leadership.

    "This is a treasure-chest of ideas, methods and frameworks from a wide range of experienced Gestaltists that you can dip into and discover gems that will stretch your thinking, deepen your understanding and enrich your practice of Gestalt Coaching"

    John Leary-Joyce, President, Academy of Executive Coaching; author, The Fertile Void – Gestalt Coaching at Work.

    "This important book presents a diverse collection of papers on organizational coaching from a Gestalt theoretical perspective. These articles are tied together by their focus on process, creativity, the ‘here and now’, and relational connectedness – all important concepts of a contemporary Gestalt approach."

    Joe Melnick PhD, Founding Editor, Gestalt Review; Chair, Cape Cod Training Programme, Gestalt International Study Centre, Co-editor, Mending the World: Social Healing Interventions by Gestalt Practitioners Worldwide.