What Is Gestalt Therapy?
Gestalt therapy is a client-centered approach to psychotherapy that helps you focus on the present and understand what is really happening in your life right now, rather than what you may perceive to be happening based on past experience. Instead of simply talking about past situations, clients are encouraged to experience them, perhaps through re-enactment. Through the gestalt process, you learn to become more aware of how your own negative thought patterns and behaviors are blocking true self-awareness.
When It’s Used
Gestalt therapy can help with issues such as anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationship difficulties, and even physical ones like migraine headaches, ulcerative colitis, and back spasms. Good candidates for gestalt therapy are those who are interested in working on their self-awareness but may or may not understand the role they play in their own unhappiness and discomfort.
What to Expect
I focus on what is happening in the moment and finding solutions in the present time. In other words, you will be asked to experience your feelings, rather than simply talk about them. Sessions may experiment with dream work, guided fantasy, role-playing, confrontation, and other techniques that can help bring past and current struggles to life in the therapeutic setting. Your goal, as you become more aware of yourself and your senses, is to take more responsibility for yourself, accept the consequences of your behaviour, learn to identify and satisfy your own needs.