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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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

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 am a graduate of the Gestalt Institute of New England. I have four years of postgraduate training in Gestalt psychotherapy.

— Cindy Blank-Edelman, Mental Health Counselor in Cambridge, MA

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
 

The past is important in learning how we got to the present. You can use that information to fix what is happening in the here and now, and to find peace by resolving unfinished business.

— Monique Phillip, Counselor in Colorado Springs, CO

Gestalt therapy is more of a lifestyle and an approach to holism. A Gestalt Therapist relies on a here and now protective of how individuals live their lives. Not living in the hear and now hinders growth and awareness.

— Jeremy Allen, Licensed Professional Counselor in Boulder, CO
 

I received a year of training in this in graduate school.

— Todd Thillman, Counselor in Lafayette, CO

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 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 creatively, experientially, and relationally in the here-and-now, present moment.

— Ellen Ottman, 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
 

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

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 an experiential modality of psychotherapy. Clients can expect to explore their inner resilience through deep, mind-body connection work.

— Jessica Morgan, Social Worker in Port Jefferson Station, NY
 

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.

— Jessica Gioia, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Alameda, CA
 

I am a graduate of the Gestalt Institute of New England. I have four years of postgraduate training in Gestalt psychotherapy.

— Cindy Blank-Edelman, Mental Health Counselor in Cambridge, MA

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
 

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

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
 

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

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
 

"Gestalt therapy, with its emphasis on immediate awareness and involvement, offers a method for developing the necessary support for a self-continuing creative adjustment which is the only way of coping with the experience of dying and, therefore, of living." ~ Laura Perls

— Victoria Julita Spiers, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

Gestalt is a way of understanding human experience and the process of change. According to Gestalt, change only happens when we accept ourselves exactly as we are. By paying close attention to the present moment, we discover both new and familiar aspects of ourselves and unlock new possibilities for choice and growth. I receive ongoing training through Gestalt Therapy Training Center Northwest, as well as regular individual supervision and consultation.

— Lucius Wheeler, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR