Definition excerpted with permission from Ginger, Serge International Glossary of Gestalt Psychotherapy (Seven languages including English. Order from FORGE at 183 rue Lecourbe; 75015 Paris, France) Paperback 1995.
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-when Perls first started practising (in the '40's and '50s), he called his approach Concentration Therapy to distinguish it from traditional psychoanalysis which advocates free association. He suggested that the client pay particular attention (awareness) to what s/he was feeling in the here and now of the therapy session.