Using Gestalt Techniques to Promote Meaning Making in Trauma Survivors

Laura Copley, Jolynn Carney

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Researchers traditionally focus on harmful effects of traumatic events without examining potential transformative outcomes. We highlight posttraumatic growth (PTG) as an outcome, aligning with a humanistic approach that embodies a strength-based perspective and nurturing of human capacity. We propose a trauma-informed framework using gestalt techniques to promote correctional experiences and meaning making found in PTG.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)201-218
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Humanistic Counseling
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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