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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In therapy there is a potential to get lost in the story, and to disassociate from the experience. My training in Gestalt, paired with mindfulness, emphasizes what is happening in the current moment to give freedom from the stored pain and trauma in the body. I have received coaching and training in using Gestalt techniques in group and individual therapy.

— Marc Heuser, Counselor in Golden, CO

Gestalt therapy is oriented around building awareness: of ourselves, of our thoughts & behaviors, of our choices, and of our physical systems that are constantly sending us invaluable data about our experiences. I believe that for each of us to increase this awareness brings us more fully into the present; and the present is the only place in which we have true agency & choice.

— Gretchen Phillips, Counselor

I utilize Gestalt therapy every day. It seamlessly integrates into my session, and the focus on the "here and now," is extremely beneficial to my clients. Some believe that it can be harsh and cold, but the focus, when employed in my sessions over the years, has been understanding feelings, thoughts, and emotions when discussing them with someone else.

— Matt Coffman, Licensed Professional Counselor

Gestalt is a great way to get unstuck and out of traditional therapy, I find it promotes movement in growth in a very experiential way. This may include art or acting or movement, but often comes in the form of awareness. A therapist who practices gestalt helps humans to have another mirror, as I point of interesting things I see and feel and hear, so we can look at them together and find some meaning.

— Emily Chavez-Nguyen, Professional Counselor Associate in Portland, OR

Humanistic, holistic, person-centered psychotherapy focused on an individual's present life and difficulties. This approach emphasizes the significance of understanding the circumstances of a person's life and being accountable rather than placing blame.

— Roman Haas, Counselor in , CO

If there is one aim of Gestalt Therapy, it is in heightened awareness. Once the unconscious moves to the conscious, you are able to work with the information and perhaps choose differently. Gestalt Therapy is client-centered, humanistic, present-oriented, relational. It allows for freedom and play and experimentation in the therapy session. It is a joy to practice and relate to one another with this model, as it encourages transformative connection.

— Jess Thompson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Berkeley, CA

“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 VALLEY VILLAGE, CA

Humanistic, holistic, person-centered psychotherapy focused on an individual's present life and difficulties. This approach emphasizes the significance of understanding the circumstances of a person's life and being accountable rather than placing blame.

— Roman Haas, Counselor in , CO

Gestalt therapy brings both psychodynamic therapy and somatic therapy together, acting as the bridge to the present-moment. While somatic therapy is the healing part of therapy, the present-moment is where the healing happens.

— Lindsay Perry, Licensed Professional Counselor in Bellaire, TX

It can help you increase your awareness of what you are experiencing (psychically and emotionally) in each moment.

— Marc Campbell, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Orlando, FL

My counselor training at Naropa University is based in Gestalt therapy. I orient as a therapist through a lens that when we have fully dealt with our issues they naturally move into the background. What most hinders us as individuals is the unfinished business following us into the present moment. Once our unfinished business is completed in the present moment we naturally open up to the vivid reality of our remarkable existence.

— Joey Stoops, Psychotherapist in Boulder, CO

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

— Jennifer Batra, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Fritz Pearls defined neurosis as "The inability to see the obvious". He was the founding Father of Gestalt therapy, which is a depth psychology. Clients turn their gaze inwardly and release "incomplete Gestalten", or wounded inner material. Since we are all multidimensional, we must clear out each level we encounter. These wounds are just contracted energy being held in the body. As we do this, we become more whole. Our heart opens up and we become the person we truly are.

— Robert Teister, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Ballard, WA