chapter  4
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Attending

Gestalt therapy [as well as client-centered therapy, psychodrama, existential therapy, and logotherapy] takes a phenomenological stance in regards to the therapeutic relationship. That is, there is a belief that the therapist can work best with the client by entering into his or her phenomenological world, experiencing along with the client the client's perspectives. This orientation requires a close, personal relationship with the client. The therapist C8nnot be aloof, distant, or totally objective in interaction. The therapist, therefore, needs to be able to understand the client's personal feelings, beliefs, thoughts, and values in order to fully respond to those aspects of the client. The therapist must participate as well as observe. I

What Is Attending?