About Gestalt Therapy
Gestalt Psychotherapy is a humanistic and existential therapy.
In Gestalt Therapy the major goal is self-awareness. You cannot change what you are not aware of.
Gestalt therapists believe that people are innately born with the required abilities to have meaningful contact with other human beings, and lead a fulfilled, contented and creative life. However, at some stage during a person’s development, something interrupts this process and the person becomes stuck in fixed patterns and unexamined beliefs about themselves that get in the way. The Gestalt Therapist aims to investigate and bring to awareness how these out-dated ways of being are still active and impacting a person’s current life.
Gestalt Therapy focuses on the life of the whole person; the physical, psychological, intellectual, emotional, interpersonal and spiritual.
Each of these interconnected aspects of being is considered inseparable from our immediate context and experience; inseparable from our personal history, culture and relationships.
Because Gestalt Therapy appreciates the larger picture involving multiple influences in a complex situation, it is considered a holistic and multi-systemic approach.
Gestalt Therapy uses body-orientated (somatic) therapy techniques that pays attention to the embodied experience and the embodied self. Gestalt Therapy is an integration of relational psychotherapeutic and somatic awareness methods that facilitates the client to develop self awareness and a healthy mind-body equilibrium.
The therapeutic journey while exciting and full of self-discovery, will also involve effort and commitment.
The aim of Gestalt Therapy is to enable the client to become more fully and creatively alive; to become free from the blocks and unfinished business that may diminish satisfaction, fullfilment, and growth, and to experiment with new ways of being.
Gestalt Therapy is a process orientated therapy and focuses on process (what is actually happening in the moment) over content (what is being talked about). The emphasis is on what is being currently experienced somatically. The Gestalt Therapist does not interpret the client's experience but assists them to stay with the somatic experience to allow the client to describe and come to their own awareness of their mind body connection and much more. This method of psychotherapy is very empowering for clients.
Contemporary Gestalt Therapy includes but is not limited to gestalt field theory, systems theories and relational psychotherapy; the dialogic relationship, object relations theories, attachment theories, developmental theories, gestalt trauma models of therapy and the transference-oriented approaches. There are also the existential phenomenological and hermeneutical aspects of Gestalt Therapy. Together with the above frameworks is Gestalt Therapy's commitment to the present moment, increasing awareness and the Buddhist concepts of mindfulness, impermanence and acceptance of what is - that all allows for the natural processes of authentic emergence and healing.