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Aesthetic Diagnosis in Gestalt Therapy

Psychotherapy Training Gestalt Studia, Training in Psychotherapy Integration, Center for Psychotherapy Research in Brno, Masaryk University, 601 77 Brno, Czech Republic
International Institute for Gestalt Therapy and Psychopathology, Poiesis. Turin Center for Gestalt Therapy, 10143 Turin, Italy
International Institute for Gestalt Therapy and Psychopathology, 10143 Turin, Italy; ASL Città di Torino, 10128 Turin, Italy
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Conference paper: This conference paper presents an expanded version of the conference presentations “The Aesthetic Diagnosis in Gestalt Psychotherapy” and “How to Keep Joy and Creativity when Immersed in the Depressive Field: Therapist’s Own Experiences and Working Strategies with Depressed Clients” presented at the 19th Herbstakademie: “Embodied Aesthetics: Resonance in Perception, Expression and Therapy” in Heidelberg, 5–7 October 2017. The text is based on the chapters about psychopathology, diagnostics and depression from the book Gestalt Therapy in Clinical Practice, From Psychopathology to the Aesthetics of Contact.
Behav. Sci. 2017, 7(4), 70;
Received: 7 September 2017 / Revised: 11 October 2017 / Accepted: 13 October 2017 / Published: 17 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Embodied Aesthetics and Interpersonal Resonance)
The diagnostic process in psychotherapy using the aesthetic evaluation is described in this article. Unlike the classical diagnostic process, which presents a result of comparing clinicians´ observations with a diagnostic system (DSM, ICD, etc.), the aesthetic evaluation is a pre-reflexive, embodied, and preverbal process. A Gestalt Therapy theoretical frame is used to introduce a concept of the aesthetic diagnostic process. During this process, the clinicians use their own here-and-now presence, which takes part in the co-creation of the shared relational field during the therapeutic session. A specific procedure of the aesthetic evaluation is introduced. The clinical work with depressed clients is presented to illustrate this perspective. View Full-Text
Keywords: psychotherapy diagnostic process; aesthetic diagnosis; Gestalt therapy psychotherapy diagnostic process; aesthetic diagnosis; Gestalt therapy
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Roubal, J.; Francesetti, G.; Gecele, M. Aesthetic Diagnosis in Gestalt Therapy. Behav. Sci. 2017, 7, 70.

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