Overview of Gestalt Therapy
Gestalt therapy seeks to understand the individual self as a 'whole', acknowledging mind, body and spirit. The way a person relates to another, in the present, is key to understanding how they relate to others and is influenced by previous experiences and their environment. The therapist uses the present moment to develop an individual's awareness of how they relate, use language and non-verbal expression and to experiment with new ways of relating. By doing this, the therapist helps the client become more authentic (or genuine) in how they relate to others. Where an individual's previous experiences have formed a poor sense of self, the therapist seeks to provide a positive experience in the present, as a vehicle for change and personal growth.
Who uses it?
Gestalt therapy is used by psychotherapists and counsellors.
Clinical Partners trained in this approach include: Alan Bore, Tracy Goodman and Virginia Graham.
Why would someone use it?
Gestalt therapy seeks behaviour and attitude changes through increased awareness of one's sensations, feelings and perceptions when experiencing another person, in the present moment.
This therapy is less directive or prescriptive than some other therapies, such as CBT, ACT and MBCT.
Gestalt therapy is used to explore a range of issues, including depression, substance abuse, anxiety disorders, panic disorders, PTSD, eating disorders, body-image issues, relationship issues and low self-esteem.
Strengths of the approach:
Gestalt therapy can be used as a short- or long-term treatment, the length of which may be discussed with the therapist.
Gestalt therapy does not focus specifically on issues from the past. If these need to be explored further, other therapies that include the role of past experiences may be more suitable for you see Integrative, Psychodynamic, Psychoanalytic, Systemic, Transactional, Trauma Training
To arrange a consultation with a Gestalt therapist please call our clinical team on 0203 326 9160.