Date of Award

4-15-2005

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Committee Chair

Jon Frew, PhD

Second Advisor

Sandra Y. Jenkins, PhD

Third Advisor

Michel Hersen, PhD, ABPP

Abstract

This dissertation proposes to investigate and integrate relational aspects of intersubjectivity theory and practice and Gestalt theory and practice. The intent of this synthesis and extension of the existing literature is to improve therapeutic technique and provide more effective psychotherapy to clients through a partial theoretical integration of these complementary theories. Starting with an overview of intersubjectivity theory and practice and of Gestalt theory and practice, this dissertation will then examine the relational aspects of both theories, followed by a synthesis of the relational aspects of both theories.

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