Volume 26, 2 (2017)

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Volume 26, 2 (2017)

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CONTENTS 

Editorial - Christine Stevens

Articles

'Suspended from shaky scaffolding, we secure ourselves with our fixations'. A phenomenological and Gestalt exploration of obsessive-compulsive disorder - Gianni Francesetti

The relational matrix model of supervision: context, framing and inter-connection - Marie-Anne Chidiac, Sally Denham-Vaughan and Lynda Osborne

Follow-up papers to 25th Anniversary Conference

The 2017 UKAGP Conference: Response-ability - Gaie Houston

Musings after an inspiring experience - Lynne Jacobs

How does our sociopolitical field impact the therapeutic hour? - Joseph Melnick

We live in turbulent Gestalt times. Thoughts after the UKAGP/BGJ Conference - Peter Philippson

Phenomenology and aesthetic recognition of the dance between psychotherapist and client: a clinical example - Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb

Letters to the Editor

'What does a therapist do when s/he does Gestalt therapy? From the Conference 'Exploring Practice-based Research in Gestalt Therapy', Paris, May 2017

The Gestalt Therapy Fidelity scale: A reply to Philippson - Madeleine Fogarty

Personal multiplicity: A response to Frank-M. Staemmler 

Reviews

Gloria expunged. A review of New Contemporary Gestalt Therapy Films by Robert Resnick - Katy Wakelin

Chair stories. A review of The Empty Chair: Tales from Gestalt Therapy by Vikram Kolmannskog - Malcom Parlett

Notices

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'Suspended from shaky scaffolding, we secure ourselves with our fixations.' A phenomenological and Gestalt exploration of obsessive-compulsive disorder - Gianni Grancesetti

Abstract: This article presents an approach to obsessive-compulsive disorder based on Gestalt therapy theory. Gestalt psychology and psychiatric phenomenology. After establishing a diagnostic framework, the experiences of clients are explored, starting from the experience of space and time, of the relationship between details and the whole, of boundaries, and of materiality. In the light of the Gestalt theory of perception, the obsessive-compulsive symptom is framed as a creative adjustment able to protect the client from much worse suffering, in a situation in which the bodily sensorial ground is permeated with terror. After describing how the obsessive-compulsive field is aesthetically actualised in therapy, a number of issues and passages are highlighted that can help therapists in their journey with sufferers.

Key words: obsessive-compulsive disorder, Gestalt therapy, phenomenology, Gestalt psychology, perception, psychopathology, psychopathological field, language, aesthetics

The relational matrix model of supervision: context, framing and inter-connection - Marie-Ann Chidiac, Sally Denham-Vaughan and Lynda Osborne

Abstract: This article proposes a matrix model applicable to a wide range of supervisory relationships and settings: therapeutic and organisational. The emphasis is upon a 'relational' approach, where the term 'relational' is used to refer to two key interrelated concepts. First, supervisory issues arise as a direct product of situations. Second, the quality of the supervisory relationship is therefore preconfigured by, and in itself preconfigures, the content, process and output of the session/meeting. For these reasons we see the context of supervision as being of fundamental importance in framing both the 'what and how' of the supervision session. This article describes these proposals and the relational matrix model in more detail and discusses some implications for supervision that arise. 

Key words: supervision, relational, relational matrix model, situation, other, self