This article points out that some concepts and therapeutic procedures were already developed by Ferenczi 25 years before Perls. Among others, these were: introjection, the potential richness of the counter-transference and the involvement of the therapist, the importance of the process at the precise moment of every therapeutic session, the role of the emotions and of the body, and so on. Ferenczi and Perls’ approaches were both based on humanistic philosophy and very far from the cold and scientific approach of Freud. Their approaches considered the patient in his own environment and in his interpersonal and social relationships.
Keywords: Sandor Ferenczi, precursor of Gestalt therapy, active technique, humanistic approach.