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 focuses on the present moment and emphasizes personal responsibility, mindfulness, and self-awareness. In Gestalt, a person gains an understanding of the entirety of themselves and their lives - thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and relationship patterns. Self-awareness and observation are key to success in Gestalt. The "aha!" moment occurs when an individual recognizes what is happening in the moment and identifies ways that they would like to live differently.

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

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

Gestalt therapy is a humanistic approach that emphasizes present-moment awareness and personal responsibility. It helps clients become aware of their immediate thoughts, feelings, and actions to foster self-awareness and personal growth. The therapeutic relationship is collaborative, with therapists guiding clients to integrate different aspects of their experiences, promoting holistic

— Maureen Malcolm, Licensed Professional Counselor in Arvada, CO

Gestalt Therapy is all about our whole sense of self. That whole self encounters a whole world and that brings on a whole host of difficulties. Being able to understand that dialogue that is always going on within and without our selves can be helpful to increase our satisfaction with ourselves

— Jonny Pack, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Asheville, NC

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

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

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

— Jennifer Batra, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in , NY

Trained in the Laura Perls-tradition of Gestalt Therapy.

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

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

Gestalt Therapy is focused on the present moment, understanding our place in the wider context of the world, and the quality of relationship between the therapist and client. I trained for 7 years with the Gestalt Therapy Training Center - NW, was on the planning committee for The State of the Art of Gestalt Therapy Conference (Portland, October 2015), and organize meetings for the Portland Gestalt Community. I've always thought of Gestalt not just as an orientation but a way of life.

— Sarah Voruz, Clinical Psychologist 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

“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

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 ,

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 Grafton, WI