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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Using this approach we focus on the present and understand what is really happening in your life right now, rather than what you may perceive to be happening based on your past experience. You are encouraged to experience past situations in session, perhaps through re-enactment. Through the gestalt process, you learn to become more aware of how your own negative thought patterns and behaviors are blocking true self-awareness and making you unhappy.

— Renee Tate, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
 

With this approach, we will work together to focus on your experience in the present moment.

— Jennifer Batra, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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 oriented around building awareness: of ourselves, of our thoughts & behaviors, of our choices, and of our physical systems that are constantly sending us invaluable data about our experiences. I believe that for each of us to increase this awareness brings us more fully into the present; and the present is the only place in which we have true agency & choice.

— Gretchen Phillips, Counselor
 

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

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
 

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