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contact boundary

-a basic concept in Gestalt. The therapy takes place at the contact boundary between the client and his/her environment (in particular, the therapist); the place where interruptions to contact and to the normal cycle of needs satisfaction (or resistances) are found. The skin is an example and above all a metaphor for the contact boundary: it separates me and connects me at the same time.

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.