What is gestalt therapy?
Gestalt therapy was born in the USA in the 1940s from the intuitions of the German psychoanalyst Frederick Perls, his wife Laura, and a group of American intellectuals among whom Paul Goodman and Isadore From. Developed as a revision to psychoanalysis, gestalt therapy is a holistic body-centered psychotherapy that focuses on the total person, using a non-authoritarian and non-interpretive approach.
What does "gestalt" mean?
The word “gestalt” (of German origin) refers to a “whole, configuration, shape, pattern or form” and expresses a key concept for gestalt therapy: human beings function as a whole and define themselves in the continuous and inevitable interaction with the environmental and social contexts. Individual and environment are therefore seen as co-dependent. In our individual uniqueness, each one of us configures themselves in relation to their environment, paints patterns as they relate to their world, forms and shapes their experience.
How do I work?
Gestalt therapy is a voyage of discovery: through the therapeutic relationship, my aim as therapist is to explore how you give shape to your world, how you react and respond to your situation, and how past and present situations impact upon your process of configuring the here and now. Through dialogue and experiential techniques, you will focus your attention on body sensations and feelings, in order to enhance your awareness of what need is dominant in the present moment. I will assist you in recognizing and meeting those aspects of your experience that tend to be out of awareness or in the background, but that may continue to interfere with your psychological functioning as unexpressed feelings or needs.