Gestalt Therapy

Gestalt therapy is a therapeutic approach with a focus on personal responsibility that helps clients focus on the present and understand what is happening in their lives right now. Gestalt therapy aims to help clients focus on their current circumstances with fresh eyes to understand their situation. It is based on the concept that we are all best understood when viewed through our own eyes in the present. If working through issues related to a past experience, for example, rather than just talking about the experience, a Gestalt therapist might have a client re-enact it to re-experience the scenario and analyze it with new tools. During the re-enactment, the therapist might guide the analysis by asking how the client feels about the situation now, in order to increase awareness and accept the consequences of one's own behavior. Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s Gestalt therapy experts today.

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With this approach, we will work together to focus on your experience in the present moment.

— Jennifer Batra, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , NY

As a relational body-centered gestalt therapist, I believe in the power of embodied presence, creative resilience, and the application of here-and-now approaches to counseling/psychotherapy. My approach allows us to get to the heart of how your past may be living in your present and manifesting in ways that may once have been helpful but are currently maladaptive and counterproductive.

— Dr. Nevine Sultan, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

I am a Certified Gestalt Therapist and trained at the Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy 4 year Clinical Fellowship Program.

— Robin Friedman, Clinical Social Worker in White Plains, NY

Nearly seven years of clinical experience using gestalt therapy.

— Ross Kellogg, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Gestalt therapy emphasizes self-awareness and personal responsibility through exploring present experiences and patterns. Techniques like role-playing and creative expression help clients gain insights, fostering self-discovery and improved relationships. Ideal for navigating life transitions and overcoming barriers to personal growth.

— Alexis Gilliam Lerner, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Gestalt therapy is a relational kind of therapy that focuses on your life here and now. It emphasizes your strengths and accepting yourself the way you are. Gestalt therapy is also creative, helping you to work on your issues via different kinds of experiments. Gestalt therapy with me is lively, interactive and engaging. We will focus on options more than obstacles, the present more than the past, and strengths more than weaknesses.

— Cindy Blank-Edelman, Mental Health Counselor in Cambridge, MA

I am a graduate of the Gestalt Institute of New England. I have four years of postgraduate training in Gestalt psychotherapy.

— Cindy Blank-Edelman, Mental Health Counselor in Cambridge, MA

I love Gestalt therapy because I do people that people are more than the sum of their parts. I like how it can help increase awareness of the present moment, and I use a lot of parts work to explore sides of the client that may be less frequently visible. I also use some Internal Family System ideas that are based on Gestalt parts work to help clients be in deeper relationship with themselves and their inner motivations.

— Lauren Sill, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

Gestalt Therapy focuses primarily on the mind-body connection & grounding yourself in the present moment. Most clients, despite their varying symptoms, are in someway disconnected from their physical body. This is a rudimentary defense mechanism we're all equipped with. When we feel negatively emotionally, we attempt to disconnect from that unpleasant sensation by escaping into our own mental world, or through some type of distracting/mind-numbing behavior.

— Robert Keehn, Psychotherapist in Hartland, WI

We use chairs and parts work to help sub-divide your inner parts so that more self-reflection and integration can take place.

— Spiral Process Therapy, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Campbell, CA

Gestalt is a way of understanding human experience and the process of change. According to Gestalt, change only happens when we accept ourselves exactly as we are. By paying close attention to the present moment, we discover both new and familiar aspects of ourselves and unlock new possibilities for choice and growth. I receive ongoing training through Gestalt Therapy Training Center Northwest, as well as regular individual supervision and consultation.

— Lucius Wheeler, Licensed Professional Counselor in , OR

With extensive training and years of experience, I specialize in this holistic approach that emphasizes personal responsibility and awareness in the present moment. My expertise lies in guiding clients to fully experience their thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations, facilitating self-discovery and growth. Through innovative techniques personalized for the individual, I help clients resolve unfinished business and realize their full potential, creating meaningful and transformative change.

— Melixa Carbonell, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Maitland, FL

This therapy uses a phenomenological approach that focuses on awareness in the ‘here and now’. Gestalt therapy is very present-central, without concentrating on the past or future, allowing personal growth through insight and clarity of an individual’s needs, goals, and values. This phenomenological approach explores a person’s subjective meaning of existence in the world through the awareness of their own movements amidst their personal life experiences.

— MARCIA OLIVER, PMHNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in , FL

Working with the body and the different parts within yourself are very powerful and effective ways to gain deeper insight into what is going on with us.

— Kim Stevens, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

Trained in the Laura Perls-tradition of Gestalt Therapy.

— Benjamin Lyons, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Chicagio, IL

“Gestalt therapy is about helping people become aware of what they do and how they do it, and to encourage living in the present, to ‘be here now,’ and make better choices.” – Violet Oaklander. In Gestalt therapy, I use talk or play to help you or your child experience, explore, and process thoughts, feelings and sensations to bring greater awareness, self-understanding and empowerment. I am not an ‘expert’ but a partner on your journey, in the process with you every step of the way.

— Michelle Sargent, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Encino, CA