Gestalt. The aim of Gestalt Therapy is to develop greater awareness of yourself and experience new 'insights'.

Contemporary  Gestalt Therapy is a humanistic and holistic Psychotherapy concerned with exploring relationship – with others and oneself. Its approach is phenomenological, which means placing your attention on your thoughts, feelings, experiences unfolding from moment to moment as you experience and express yourself in the therapeutic process. Gestalt Therapy treats what is subjectively felt in the moment. Its a discipline that helps you  become more present to yourself, which allows you to discover new, previously hidden perceptions and perspectives.

Gestalt Therapy was founded by Fritz Perls, who was born in Germany and was a student of Sigmund Freud. Gestalt is a therapy that is concerned with developing your ability to connect with what is true for you,  supporting you in expressing this authentically to others in your life situations. In Gestalt we call this ‘finding your unique contact boundary’. Gestalt is a relational therapy:  congruence, authenticity, honesty are some key terms describing the relational capacities we are aiming to foster.

‘Gestalt’ is a German term signifying a particular formation, patterning, shape or even person. Every Gestalt is unique and so are you. Often we lose the particular flavour of our uniqueness in the pressure of submitting to other’s demands and expectations or the demands on yourself. In Gestalt Therapy you learn to listen into to your own unique sense of what is true for you.

 

The aim of Gestalt Therapy

 

The aim of Gestalt Therapy is to develop greater awareness of yourself and experience new ‘insights’ about the situations you are exploring in the therapy session.  These insights usually manifest spontaneously, emerging in the here and now as  you express them to another, usually the therapist.

But awareness without concentrated and structured exploration does not lead necessarily to insight. Experimentation and phenomenological focusing are used in Gestalt to ground and support the arising of  insight. We do not judge – we observe and name. We avoid explanation, speculation, interpretation or classification, which can be distancing strategies. Describing and naming happens in the awareness of the present moment, without judging. Hence we encourage accepting what we find. Nothing is bad or good. It is just as it is.

 

Gestalt is about becoming aware.