About Gestalt Psychotherapy
‘Gestalt’ is a German word which means ‘a Whole’ or ‘a completion that is other than the sum of it’s parts’. Being part of a whole with the mind, emotional and spiritual aspects of the person, Gestalt Psychotherapy is inclusive of body experiences such as breathing, heart rates, physical discomforts, pain etc… Gestalt Therapy’s objective is to support the client 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.
One of the therapy’s aims is to allow clients to become aware of embodied experiences as they develop a new or different awareness of themselves. It holds like other psychotherapies qualities of being relational and humanistic centred. 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.
As clients develop these new awareness, they also learn to differentiate their personal experience from that of others. Each person’s uniqueness in the here and now has its roots in an environment, or field. The therapy is inclusive of each individual’s there and then so as to help them make sense of themselves in the now.
Gestalt Therapy focuses on process (what is actually happening) as well as on content (what is being talked about). The emphasis is on what is being done, thought, and felt in the here and now, rather than on what was, might have been and should have been in the past (there and then).
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 the environment.