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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Each of us has the parts of ourselves that we are aware of, and all the parts we have hidden away. Often these parts are in conflict, trying to keep us safe and get our needs met. In psychotherapy, we pay attention in the moment to what is happening for you. Using the process, we will creatively co-create opportunities to hear and connect to the other parts of yourself, to allow your fuller self to emerge and create new meaning for your life.

— Sarah Peace, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Los Angeles, CA

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

— Jennifer Batra, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , NY

Gestalt Therapy is a counseling approach from Germany which centers around "emotional catharsis" and directing clients toward more authentic ways of being in the present moment. I love this approach because it is really great at surfacing blockages in a way that pushes clients to work through them. Without the focus on the "here and now," therapy can get lost in distant, hypothetical conversation that doesn't create the desired change brought people to therapy in the first place.

— Margo James, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Austin, TX

Nearly seven years of clinical experience using gestalt therapy.

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

"It would be nice to talk freely to somebody on your side, someone who can help you become who you want to be and not who they want you to be. You want somebody supportive and caring to help push you forward in your growth". You will never have the same therapy as someone else – your therapy centers around you – your needs, goals, and preferred pathways for achieving those goals. Gestalt therapy is more active, conversational, and effectual.

— Open Space Therapy Collective, Licensed Professional Counselor in Los Angeles, CA

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 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

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. Through the gestalt process, clients learn to become more aware of how their own negative thought patterns and behaviors are blocking true self-awareness.

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

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

I recently completed a 3 year certification program in Gestalt therapy. Gestalt therapy is a client-centered approach to psychotherapy that helps clients focus on the present and understand what is really happening in their lives right now, rather than what they may perceive to be happening based on past experience.

— Olga Lomanovitch, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Philadelphia, PA

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

Gestalt therapy is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on the present moment and emphasizes personal responsibility, mindfulness, and self-awareness. It aims to help individuals gain a better understanding of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in order to facilitate personal growth and foster healthier relationships.

— Thomas Wood, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Bayside, WI