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Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX
To me this means I fundamentally view every person as the expert on their life and experience. Therefore, I do not give advice or make interpretations. While I may explore avenues of thought you may not have considered, I do not approach these from the belief that I know more about you than you know about you.
In the same vein as Person-Centered, Gestalt Therapy maintains the ideal of discovery being the only true form of learning. In other words, growth must come from actual experience. Thus, Gestalt is an experiential form of therapy, where emphasis is placed on learning through your senses as opposed to just thinking about your experience.
While the first wave of behavior therapy posited change as simply changing your behavior and the second wave of therapy viewed change as changing your thoughts to change your behavior and vice versa, the third wave (ACT, DBT, Mindfulness) looks at changing your relationship to your experience. I find this approach integrates well with my fundamental belief that people's lived experience is valid, while their relationship to their experience may be an invalidating one.