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Leads the Master Class Relational Gestalt Therapy - Exploring and Experiencing the Intersubjective Field}
Lynne Jacobs,PhD, Psych. D., is a Gestalt therapist and co-founder with Gary Yontef of the Pacific Gestalt Institute (PGI) in Los Angeles (CA. USA) where she teaches and supervises. She is also a psychoanalyst, teacher and supervisor at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (ICP) in Los Angeles. She has published numerous articles and book chapters in both Gestalt therapy and Psychoanalysis. She is co-author with R. Hycner of the book : The Healing Relationship in Gestalt Therapy: A Dialogic-Self Psychological Approach (1995).
She is an international gestalt trainer and has a private practice in Los Angeles, California USA.
Lynne Jacobs has made a major contribution to the installation of relationship at the heart of contemporary Gestalt Therapy.
When the book “Healing Relationship in Gestalt Therapy” was published in 1995, prominent theorists and teachers Erving and Miriam Polster wrote in the preface that “Every theory needs to be brought alive by the contributions of new generations; the book by Rich Hycner and Lynne Jacobs makes an important contribution to the renewal of Gestalt Therapy”.
These words were prophetic because the “relationality” of the therapeutic encounter is now considered an integral part of Gestalt therapy. Gary Yontef, another leading Gestalt theorist, has since written: “A relational perspective is so essential to the theory of Gestalt Therapy that without it, there can be no coherence in theory or practice.”
From its initial publication to the present day, “The Healing Relationship in Gestalt Therapy” has been the basic book on which a practice of therapeutic dialogue has been developed with the support of Martin Buber’s philosophy of dialogue.
Themes from some of Lynne Jacobs latest articles
“Shame in the Therapeutic Dialogue””Optimal Responsiveness and Intersubjectivity Theory”
“Pathways to a Relational Worldview.””On Dignity, a Sense of Dignity, and Inspirational Shame"