Gestalt Therapy with Children

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Watch Gestalt child therapist Violet Oaklander in an actual counseling session with a 13-year old boy who has difficulty expressing anger.
Expert child therapist Dr. Violet Oaklander has a knack for getting her clients to speak honestly and reveal their difficult feelings. In this video she meets with a boy who is angry with his father but unable to express it directly. Watch as she gauges the boy’s level of contact throughout the session, and masterfully provides openings for him to show cut-off parts of himself. She then collaborates to develop real-world strategies for ongoing expression of his difficult emotions. Jon Carlson and Don Keat introduce Dr. Oaklander, and facilitate an in-depth discussion of the further impact and uses of the model.

From watching this video, you will:

Develop an understanding of the key concepts of Gestalt child therapy, including evaluating the child’s contact level, and helping the child identify and express emotions.
Gain insight into Dr. Oaklander’s therapy style and how she builds a therapeutic relationship based on the coming together of two equals.

Learn how to apply Dr. Oaklander’s creative and projective techniques to your own work with child clients.