about the book
Buddhist Psychology and Gestalt Therapy Integrated: Psychotherapy for the 21st Century establishes the fundamental convergences of Buddhist psychology and Gestalt therapy as well as recognizing their differences in focus and aim. It also describes the essential similarities in Gestalt therapy method and mindfulness practice. Based in both the convergences and the differences, it proposes an approach that integrates the two—a Buddhist psychology informed Gestalt therapy (BPGT)—that points the way to an expansive perspective on psychotherapy for the 21st century.
Authors Eva Gold, PsyD and Stephen Zahm, PhD are founding co-directors of Gestalt Therapy Training Center—Northwest, and have written extensively on Gestalt therapy theory and practice. Students of Buddhist psychology and Insight meditation practitioners for many years, they train and present nationally and internationally on the intersection of Buddhist psychology and Gestalt therapy.
FROM THE FOREWORD
“I highly recommend this book to any clinician interested in an expanded understanding and perspective of what is possible in a humanistic, experiential, and existential psychotherapy, free of limiting notions of what can be included in psychotherapeutic exploration.”–Erving Polster, PhD
Praise for Buddhist Psychology and Gestalt Therapy Integrated
“This comprehensive and novel integration makes an important contribution offering new directions for the expansion of human potential.” –Bob Edelstein, LMFT, MFT. Founder and President of the Existential-Humanistic Northwest professional association.
“This book offers an elegant and highly readable integration of Buddhist psychology and Gestalt therapy. Gold and Zahm’s Buddhist psychology informed Gestalt therapy (BPGT) model expands Gestalt therapy’s reach while remaining true to its basic principles.” –Elinor Greenberg, PhD, CGP. Author of Borderline, Narcissistic, and Schizoid Adaptations: The Pursuit of Love, Admiration, and Safety. Faculty of the New York Institute for Gestalt therapy, faculty of the Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training, and an Associate Editor of Gestalt Review.
“Consilience is synergistic. The amalgamation of these experiential approaches will inform practitioners in all disciplines of psychotherapy. It will also improve your life. –Jeffrey K. Zeig, PhD. Director of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation.