Julien Joly Gestalt

Gestalt Psychotherapy

About Gestalt Psychotherapy

Gestalt is a German word which means ‘a Whole’, a completion that is other than the sum of it’s parts.  Gestalt Therapy’s objective is to support the person in his/her quest to become more fully and creatively alive, to become free from the blocks and unfinished businesses which diminish excitement, satisfaction, fulfilment and growth.  Being part of a whole with the mind, emotional and spiritual aspects of the person means including the awareness of how one’s thoughts and feelings are embodied experiences.  The invitation is to become present to, and with, the experience of the interaction of body-mind processes.  The view is to find ways to self-organise and self regulate that differ from habitual reactions to triggers.

Gestalt Therapy focuses on process (what is actually happening between past and present) as well as on content (behaviours, and day to day events).  The emphasis is on what is being done, thought, and felt in the here and now, and to distinguish it from what might have been and should have been in the past (there and then).  Often the realisation is that a there-and-then experience is being re-enacted in the here-and-now.

Each person’s uniqueness has its roots in an environment, or field, that stems from a there-and-then experience.  As the person develops these new awareness, they also learn to differentiate their personal experience from that of others.  It is with these learnings that the therapy supports the gradual building of new confidence in the here and now.

Gestalt therapy holds, like other psychotherapeutic modalities, qualities of being relational and humanistic.  Clients learn to become aware of how and what they are doing and being, to bring forth their ability to make changes, and to experiment with new ways of doing and being.

Gestalt Therapy is experimental and experiential in its approach.  It relies on the awareness of what constitutes contact and how contact becomes modified within oneself, in relationship, and with one’s own environment.