A Gentler Gestalt Therapy: On Reducing Stimulation In Adult Survivors of Abuse

Andrew Lapides


Adult survivors of abuse require a slower progression in treatment. Profoundly abused patients suffering from pre-oedipal conditions may become overstimulated using gestalt methods. This paper will focus on reducing stimulation in the patient using methods borrowed from modern psychoanalysis, which was developed by Hyman Spotnitz. The author argues for a combined approach that emphasizes support rather then frustration in the development of the treatment process.


adult survivors of abuse; gestalt therapy; modern psychoanalysis

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