What is Gestalt Therapy?
Gestalt therapy is a form of psychotherapy emphasizing personal responsibility, and focuses upon the individual’s experience in the present moment, the therapist–client relationship, the environmental and social contexts of a person’s life, and the self-regulating adjustments people make as a result of their overall situation.
Gestalt therapy is an embodied relational modality both experiential and experimental. It is an approach that takes into account the entire situation of the client that includes emotional, physical, mental, environmental and spiritual domains. Gestalt therapy is primarily concerned with how meaning is made and how we attribute meaning to our experience.
The word ‘gestalt’ means to make whole.
In Gestalt therapy the relationship between therapist and client is key and in therapy how ‘we do life’ becomes more evident as we become aware of who and how we are in the context of our relationships with others, and the experiences that have shaped and influence us. The use of safe experiments within therapy sessions invite clients to explore the edges of their experience where change is possible. Therapy begins always in the present and by attending to what we know about our experience. Therapy supports us to to develop awareness of our experience and more importantly to the meaning we make of the things that have happened to us. The aim of therapy is awareness, which ultimately restores choice.