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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Gestalt therapy is a humanistic and whole-bodied modality that centers the client's unique experience of the world. It is closely related to mindfulness in that present-moment awareness of sensations, feelings, and thoughts are central to healing. Additionally, Gestalt highlights playfulness and relationality in the therapeutic process.

— John Moletress, Psychotherapist in Philadelphia, PA

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
 

My use of Gestalt therapy allows me to focus on your relationship to yourself, others, and your environment.

— Notae Eddo, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor

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
 

The interactive, experiential, present-moment nature of Gestalt Therapy has been my guiding framework since I first became a therapist. I've utilized and created my own Gestalt experiments that bring clients into a direct experience of healing in many varied contexts. My supervisor is Joan Rieger, Director the Gestalt Institute of the Rockies.

— Dan Halpern, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lafayette, CO

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
 

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 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
 

Sometimes just talking about a problem doesn't quite get the job done. By engaging in "safe experiments" in session, Gestalt therapy helps us to release ourselves from the bondage of old emotional wounds.

— Jesse Cardin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Antonio, TX

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
 

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

Nearly seven years of clinical experience using gestalt therapy.

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

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 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 Associate in Ashland, OR
 

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

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 ,
 

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

While working on increasing a person's awareness, freedom, and self-direction, I assist clients with learning how to focuse on being actively present in the moment while exploring past experiences as they may surface throughout the therapeutic process.

— Candis Zimmerman, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in , TX