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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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

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

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

Gestalt therapy hinges on these two essential questions: Now and How-- what is happening right now and how are you responding to it? The fundamental purpose underlying Gestalt therapy is to raise awareness of your own experience. It is a creative modality, and a very useful approach in slowing down your thoughts and reactions to anxiety and depression (which are infamous for having runaway thoughts!) For example, you see an email from your boss and next thing you know your thoughts are ten steps ahead of you-- thinking about the meeting in which you get exposed, humiliated, or fired. Through Gestalt therapy, we slow things down and find a lot more gradation in our thoughts and feelings than we previously knew existed. Gestalt therapy nicely complements Mindfulness and CBT, and we will use a variety of hand-selected tools to fit your specific needs and goals for therapy.

— Anna Lewis, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

Nearly seven years of clinical experience using gestalt therapy.

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

Gestalt therapy is about safely accessing locked emotions. A Gestalt approach uses body-awareness and other techniques to connect to feelings that may be pushed aside, feelings that when released can free you up to experience a fuller emotional life. Gestalt techniques can be especially helpful for people who are highly intellectualized and would like to be able to be more emotionally expressive in relationships.

— Hugh Simmons, Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX

I am trained in many therapeutic modalities such as CBT, EFT, Person Centered, etc. Gestalt therapy is the therapeutic modality that I primarily approach clients with due to my personality style.

— Ray Kadkhodaian, Licensed Professional Counselor in Arlington Heights, IL