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.

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The focus is on what is happening in the present moment to assist individuals in better understanding self and how they make contact with others. Clients learn how to effectively deal with problems, begin to take responsibility for self, and start living a fuller life.

— Robin Leichtman, Counselor in Lyndhurst, OH
 

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

Gestalt therapy has a lot of focus in the 'here and now,' which I think is very important for people that struggle with chronic stress and anxiety. I also use this approach to help my clients stay grounded and to gain closure through unresolved issues.

— Andrea Russo, Counselor in Alpharetta, GA

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
 

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

Gestalt therapy is more of a lifestyle and an approach to holism. A Gestalt Therapist relies on a here and now protective of mental illnesses.

— Jeremy Allen, Licensed Professional Counselor in Boulder, CO

Fritz Pearls defined neurosis as "The inability to see the obvious". He was the founding Father of Gestalt therapy, which is a depth psychology. Clients turn their gaze inwardly and release "incomplete Gestalten", or wounded inner material. Since we are all multidimensional, we must clear out each level we encounter. These wounds are just contracted energy being held in the body. As we do this, we become more whole. Our heart opens up and we become the person we truly are.

— robert teister, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Ballard, WA

Gestalt Art/Drawing Therapy is one of my favorites to use with children. These techniques help children speak honestly and reveal difficult feelings that they often cannot do with conversation alone.

— Karen Harris, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Clackamas, OR
 

I graduated from The Relational Center after three intensive training years in both Relational and Gestalt therapy. I have practiced from this perspective since 2010 and I continue to receive training and experience in this area.

— Kathryn Sills-Payne, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in Oakland, CA

Gestalt therapy is weird, and it helps people get un-stuck. Finishing old business and integrating fully into self helps us move into and live in the present.

— Emily Thomas, Therapist in Portland, OR
 

I have a post graduate certification in Gestalt Therapy from the Gestalt Training Institute of Philadelphia.

— Kelly Kampf, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Doylestown, PA

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.

— Rosemarie Wheeler, Marriage & Family Therapist in Temecula, CA
 

My approach is informed by Gestalt therapy values including: listening to what your embodied/somatic experience is communicating about your needs; focusing on your here-and-now expereince as a complement to looking at your past; moving beyond just talking about new choices to creating the conditions for you to actually experiment with those choices in our relationship; and challenging you to take responsibility for your actions and responses.

— Dorothy Cashore, Clinical Psychologist in Pittsburgh, PA
 

An existential/experiential form of therapy which emphasizes personal responsibility, and focuses upon the individual\'s experience in the present moment, the therapist–client relationship, the environmental and social contexts of a person\'s life, and the self-regulating adjustments people make as a result of their overall situation.

— Jor-El Zajatz, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

I have a Master's Degree in 'Clinical Mental Health Counseling,' completing my clinical internship placing a dual focus with this emphasis. Following graduation I was hired at the Western Montana Mental Health Center in Missoula, MT where was I hired as a Clinical Outpatient Therapist (LCPC). With my return to Minnesota, I was hired as a Psychotherapist (LPCC) in Minneapolis before transitioning into private practice.

— David Baumrucker, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Cottage Grove, MN

My earliest training in graduate school in Los Angeles was based in Relational Gestalt Psychotherapy. It is the foundation of everything else that I do, acknowledging the complex web of relationships to everything around us that brought us to where we are today- for better and for worse.

— Janet Comer, Counselor in Sellwood/Westmoreland, OR
 

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

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
 

I utilize Gestalt therapy every day. It seamlessly integrates into my session, and the focus on the "here and now," is extremely beneficial to my clients. Some believe that it can be harsh and cold, but the focus, when employed in my sessions over the years, has been understanding feelings, thoughts, and emotions when discussing them with someone else.

— Matt Coffman, Licensed Professional Counselor

Sometimes just talking about a problem doesn't quite get the job done. By engaging in experiential "experiments" in session, Gestalt therapy helps us to release ourselves from the bondage of old emotional wounds.

— Jesse Cardin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Antonio, TX
 

Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART): evidence based- rooted in Gestalt, CBT, and eye movement therapies. You want to feel better as quick as possible. Maybe you are tentative about talking about your pain. I specialize in helping you imagine new ways of viewing images in your mind. It’s not your traditional kind of therapy. It is action oriented, creative, 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