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Running head: GESTALT APPLICATION TO CASE SCENARIO 1
Application of Gestalt Theoretical Approaches to Conceptualize the Case Scenario of Brunilda
Madeleine E. Vaughters
CNDV 5311 Section M01 Individual Counseling Theory Techniques
Lamar University

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GESTALT APPLICATION TO CASE SCENARIO 2
Application of Gestalt Theoretical Approaches to Conceptualize the Case Scenario of Brunilda
The curriculum this week focused on the different types of Emotion Focused Treatment
Systems used in the counseling profession. Of the different theories, the focus of this paper will
be the application of Gestalt theories and techniques on Brunilda’s case scenario. Brunilda is a
26-year-old bartender who lives at home with her parents. She has sought out therapy to help
overcome past insecurities about moving out of her parents’ house and becoming a successful,
independent young woman.
Presenting Concern
The choice to apply Gestalt theories to this case scenario seemed obvious when looking
at the details Brunilda provided. According to Seligmen and Reichenberg (2014) “The ultimate
aim of Gestalt therapy is to promote the natural growth of the human organism and enable people
to live aware and actualized lives-not just to solve problems or promote adaptation but also to
help clients feel more fulfilled and whole” (p. 209). This branch of Emotion Focused Treatment
seeks to bring clients into awareness of their situation, and to grow from that awareness. It is not
in the treatment plan to tell a client exactly what to do to change their situation, but to help them
explore their feelings in the here and now to find their inner strengths.
Brunilda is a young woman feeling unhappy with the way her life is playing out. She
lives at home with her parents and feels that she must depend on them not only emotionally, but
financially as well. She holds a job as a bartender, which gives her a reliable source of income,
yet she believes it is a dead-end job that will not allow her to financially achieve her goals of
moving out of her parents’ home one day. Brunilda shares that she attempted to live on her own
three years ago, and that her apartment was burglarized. Although she was not home when the
robbery occurred, she shares that the experience all together made her feel as if she would never

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Running head: GESTALT APPLICATION TO CASE SCENARIO Application of Gestalt Theoretical Approaches to Conceptualize the Case Scenario of Brunilda Madeleine E. Vaughters CNDV 5311 Section M01 Individual Counseling Theory Techniques Lamar University 1 GESTALT APPLICATION TO CASE SCENARIO 2 Application of Gestalt Theoretical Approaches to Conceptualize the Case Scenario of Brunilda The curriculum this week focused on the different types of Emotion Focused Treatment Systems used in the counseling profession. Of the different theories, the focus of this paper will be the application of Gestalt theories and techniques on Brunilda’s case scenario. Brunilda is a 26-year-old bartender who lives at home with her parents. She has sought out therapy to help overcome past insecurities about moving out of her parents’ house and becoming a successful, independent young woman. Presenting Concern The choice to apply Gestalt theories to this case scenario seemed obvious when looking at the details Brunilda provided. According to Seligmen and Reichenberg (2014) “The ultimate aim of Gestalt therapy is to promote the natural growth of the human organism and enable people to live aware and actualized lives-not just to solve problems or promote adaptation but also to help clients feel more fulfilled and whole” (p. 209). This branch of Emotion Focused Treatment seeks to bring clients into awareness of their situation, and to grow from that awareness. It is not in the treatment plan to te ...
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