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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Gestalt therapy is a relational kind of therapy that focuses on your life here and now. It emphasizes your strengths and accepting yourself the way you are. Gestalt therapy is also creative, helping you to work on your issues via different kinds of experiments. 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
 

This approach looks into what you're struggling with through what you are experiencing right now. By exploring the associated feelings and sensations coming up in the moment in relation to the issue, we are able to be with the experience--and to better understand what's happening--and this is essential to being able to work through the difficulty.

— Mary Bruce-Owenby, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

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 is one of the first holistic styles of therapy. The word “gestalt” refers to the concept of wholeness and implies that the whole is much more than the sum of its parts; Just like we are much more than the individual parts of our personality. A typical session together might focus on your moment to moment awareness, including your thoughts, senses, feelings and fantasies. My job is not to explain or interpret, but to accompany you on this journey and to reflect to you what I notice. Our sessions are often active and might invite you to participate in awareness raising activities, experiments and movements.

— Pilar Dellano, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

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 more at a lifestyle and an approach to holism.

— Jeremy Allen, Licensed Professional Counselor in Boulder, 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
 

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 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 received a year of training in this in graduate school.

— Todd Thillman, Counselor in Lafayette, CO

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, 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
 

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