By Rainette E Fantz
During this selection of papers and teachers from the overdue Rainette Fantz, we witness firsthand the exhilarating probabilities inherent within the Gestalt treatment version. Frantz brings her history in theater to endure on her extraordinary paintings as a remedy and teacher-work marked by means of pleasant mind's eye, impressive improvisation, and aesthetic attractiveness. The insights contained in those chapters remove darkness from every thing from the intricacies of a gap consultation to the theoretical foundations of Gestalt dreamwork, and Frantz's candid type invitations the reader to discover together with her the fun and sorrows of a profession as a Gestalt therapist.
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Extra resources for The Dreamer and the Dream: Essays and Reflections on Gestalt Therapy
The important thing to remember is that it is the judgmentalism, the undigested introject, which is projected, rather than the totality of the stern but loving father. If on the other hand, the youngster grown to manhood can accept and understand in his father and in himself the sternness, the judgmentalism and the loving nature that comprise, along with many other qualities, the substance of their respective characters, he conceivably could create a novel which might utilize all the knowledge of fathers and sons garnered from intimate experience.
Passion, bursts of feeling and fancy, are ruled outside the bounds. In their place we have set up in a row common stereotyped forms of expression that are part of our social armor. This armor is so rigid and constricted that there is hardly any room for natural action... " (Reinhardt, 1929). Familiar ideas indeed for anyone drawn to Gestalt therapy. 19 THEATRE & THERAPY But if theatre and therapy are both about telling a storyabout creating a meaningful narrative-why is this seemingly simple endeavor so consistently linked to social turbulence?
They are contained by the structure, supported by it, and free to improvise because of it. Fantz shows this willingness to play. She's delightfully dauntless. One gets the sense that she could do absolutely anything with a client without in any way violating the aesthetic integrity of the situation. Her clinical behavior wasn't inhibited by abstract codes of conduct dictating what a therapist "should" do (just as a good actor's work is not plagued by stereotyped representations of behavior. Creative acting often shows up the absurdity of behavior based on social norms and reflexive etiquette~it sprang afresh with each new situation and each new client.