Gestalt Therapy

Gestalt therapy is a therapeutic approach with a focus on personal responsibility that helps clients focus on the present and understand what is happening in their lives right now. Gestalt therapy aims to help clients focus on their current circumstances with fresh eyes to understand their situation. It is based on the concept that we are all best understood when viewed through our own eyes in the present. If working through issues related to a past experience, for example, rather than just talking about the experience, a Gestalt therapist might have a client re-enact it to re-experience the scenario and analyze it with new tools. During the re-enactment, the therapist might guide the analysis by asking how the client feels about the situation now, in order to increase awareness and accept the consequences of one's own behavior. Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s Gestalt therapy experts today.

Meet the specialists

Nearly seven years of clinical experience using gestalt therapy.

— Ross Kellogg, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Carlsbad, CA

My roots and foundation are in a Relational Gestalt Therapy practice. I was so relieved when I found this approach as it is non pathologizing, honoring of the whole person, and pragmatic in its focus to heal and grow. This approach and theory honors the coping strategies that folks have created for themselves as creative and necessary and helps to deconstruct them and create new, more healthy ones. Its emphasis on the mind/body connection helps to create sustainable change in one's life.

— Jami Winkel, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
 

I trained in Gestalt therapy at the Church Street Integral Counseling Center in San Francisco, with Gieve Patel and Debbie Stone. This approach incorporates mindfulness of one's own moment-to-moment experience with a belief in the individual's ability to act out of this awareness of self.

— Jess Gioia, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

I utilize the here-and-now to examine the client's experience within the present moment within themselves and what is happening in the room between therapist and client.

— Kristen Hammond, Counselor in Merion Station, PA
 

I practice psychotherapy primarily through the lens of Gestalt - meaning I focus on what is present in the here and now. I believe that all of a person’s history and experiences are carried with them everywhere they go, making the past accessible within the context of therapy in the present moment. I work relationally, creatively, and experientially to help the process go deeper than the client may have access to when alone, working to build awareness so that the client can have a deeper knowi

— Ellen Ottman, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

Gestalt therapy is a client-centered, existential approach to psychotherapy that helps clients focus on the present and understand what is really happening in their lives right now, rather than what they may perceive to be happening based on past experience. Instead of simply talking about past situations, clients are encouraged to experience them, perhaps through re-enactment. Through the gestalt process, clients learn to become more aware of how their own negative thought patterns and behaviors are blocking true self-awareness and making them unhappy. Gestalt approach fundamentally recognizes that the "Self" is developed through relationship with others and is embedded in a social-cultural context. Gestalt techniques often incorporate somatics, movement, art, drama, mindfulness and other therapies.

— Sarwang Parikh, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
 

In Gestalt Therapy, the therapist and the client are focused on the present. Through this approach, you will be able to become more aware of your body sensations and what they might be eager to express. Oftentimes, when we fully hear and communicate with the estranged or disowned parts of ourselves, we are able to begin to heal and move on. Since 2012, I have been receiving training and supervision in Gestalt therapy from the Gestalt Center in New York.

— Yiwen Fan, Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

I am currently in the 2nd year of a 3 year program to achieve a certification in Gestalt Therapy. Gestalt therapy is a client-centered approach to psychotherapy that helps clients focus on the present and understand what is really happening in their lives right now, rather than what they may perceive to be happening based on past experience.

— Olga Lomanovitch, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Philadelphia, PA
 

In therapy there is a potential to get lost in the story, and to disassociate from the experience. My training in Gestalt, paired with mindfulness, emphasizes what is happening in the current moment to give freedom from the stored pain and trauma in the body. I have received coaching and training in using Gestalt techniques in group and individual therapy.

— Marc Heuser, Counselor in Golden, CO

Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART): evidence based with roots in Gestalt, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and eye movement therapies. You want to feel better as quick as possible. Maybe you are tentative about talking about your pain. It will help you imagine new ways of viewing images in your mind. It’s not your traditional kind of therapy. It is action oriented and uses eye movements, along with your imagination to erase and replace problematic images from the past.

— Ashley Jopling, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR