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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Humanistic, holistic, person-centered psychotherapy focused on an individual's present life and difficulties. This approach emphasizes the significance of understanding the circumstances of a person's life and being accountable rather than placing blame.

— Roman Haas, Counselor in , CO

If there is one aim of Gestalt Therapy, it is in heightened awareness. Once the unconscious moves to the conscious, you are able to work with the information and perhaps choose differently. Gestalt Therapy is client-centered, humanistic, present-oriented, relational. It allows for freedom and play and experimentation in the therapy session. It is a joy to practice and relate to one another with this model, as it encourages transformative connection.

— Jess Thompson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Berkeley, CA
 

Nearly seven years of clinical experience using gestalt therapy.

— Ross Kellogg, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Each of us has the parts of ourselves that we are aware of, and all the parts we have hidden away. Often these parts are in conflict, trying to keep us safe and get our needs met. In psychotherapy, we pay attention in the moment to what is happening for you. Using the process, we will creatively co-create opportunities to hear and connect to the other parts of yourself, to allow your fuller self to emerge and create new meaning for your life.

— Sarah Peace, Licensed Professional Counselor in Culver City, CA
 

Gestalt is a great way to get unstuck and out of traditional therapy, I find it promotes movement in growth in a very experiential way. This may include art or acting or movement, but often comes in the form of awareness. A therapist who practices gestalt helps humans to have another mirror, as I point of interesting things I see and feel and hear, so we can look at them together and find some meaning.

— Emily Chavez-Nguyen, Professional Counselor Associate in Portland, OR

The interactive, experiential, present-moment nature of Gestalt Therapy has been my guiding framework since I first became a therapist. I've utilized and created my own Gestalt experiments that bring clients into a direct experience of healing in many varied contexts. My supervisor is Joan Rieger, Director the Gestalt Institute of the Rockies.

— Dan Halpern, Licensed Professional 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

While working on increasing a person's awareness, freedom, and self-direction, I assist clients with learning how to focuse on being actively present in the moment while exploring past experiences as they may surface throughout the therapeutic process.

— Candis Zimmerman, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in , TX
 

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

My use of Gestalt therapy allows me to focus on your relationship to yourself, others, and your environment.

— Notae Eddo, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
 

Gestalt therapy brings both psychodynamic therapy and somatic therapy together, acting as the bridge to the present-moment. While somatic therapy is the healing part of therapy, the present-moment is where the healing happens.

— Lindsay Perry, Licensed Professional Counselor in Bellaire, TX

“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
 

It can help you increase your awareness of what you are experiencing (psychically and emotionally) in each moment.

— Marc Campbell, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in ,

Humanistic, holistic, person-centered psychotherapy focused on an individual's present life and difficulties. This approach emphasizes the significance of understanding the circumstances of a person's life and being accountable rather than placing blame.

— Roman Haas, Counselor in , 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

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 is a humanistic and whole-bodied modality that centers the client's unique experience of the world. It is closely related to mindfulness in that present-moment awareness of sensations, feelings, and thoughts are central to healing. Additionally, Gestalt highlights playfulness and relationality in the therapeutic process.

— John Moletress, Psychotherapist in Philadelphia, PA