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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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

Gestalt therapy focuses on the present and assists the client to understand what is happening in their life at the current moment. Gestalt therapy assists clients to gain a better understanding of themselves and their behaviors. This understanding provides the ability to respond reasonably to situations.

— Cordell Pearson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Scottsdale, AZ

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 therapy is about helping people become aware of what they do and how they do it, and to encourage living in the present, to ‘be here now,’ and make better choices.” – Violet Oaklander. In Gestalt therapy, I use talk or play to help you or your child experience, explore, and process thoughts, feelings and sensations to bring greater awareness, self-understanding and empowerment. I am not an ‘expert’ but a partner on your journey, in the process with you every step of the way.

— Michelle Sargent, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in VALLEY VILLAGE, CA

Gestalt therapy is a humanistic approach to psychotherapy that helps clients focus on the present moment. To understand what is happening in their lives right now. Instead of merely 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 negative thought patterns and behaviors block accurate self-awareness.

— Ralph Porter, Licensed Professional Counselor in Boerne, TX

I am a Gestalt Training program graduate from the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, OH.

— Lorrie Carbone, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Ann Arbor, MI

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 Burlison, TN

In my expertise in Gestalt Therapy, I focus on helping my clients explore their entire experience, starting from focusing on self-awareness by identifying what is happening and how it is happening to them. My techniques focus on inner world and help my clients make contact with emotions, feelings and neglected needs that keep them in a constant state of imbalance. Personal growth is my goal with clients as I stay focused on their experience, awareness and acceptance to achieve permanent healing.

— Carmen Palacios Camacho, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

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