Gestalt Psychotherapy.....becoming aware
Humanistic and Existential in Origins:
The objective of Gestalt therapy is to enable people to live a flexible and creative life free from patterns of ‘fixed’ behaviour that can reduce self growth and a sense of satisfaction in their lives. Gestalt therapy also encourages self responsibility through increasing self awareness in relation to these fixed patterns, and includes a persons body mind spirit and culture.
Gestalt is a mindfulness-based approach to self-understanding. Much more than a method or set of techniques, Gestalt is a way of looking at the world that is compassionate, mindful, curious, non-invasive, humorous and respectful. It encourages you study the organisation of your experience – how you meet the world, what kind of world you perceive, what beliefs you hold about yourself and so on. Gaining insight and understanding through your direct experience in this way, usually has a deeper and longer lasting impact than working things out with your mind only.
HERE & NOW: Having origins in Zen Buddhism, Gestalt therapy teaches the importance of being present in the here and now. Through this process self-awareness emerges.
WHAT & HOW: Gestalt therapy focuses on process (what is actually happening) rather than content (what is being talked about). The emphasis is on what is being done, thought, and felt at the present moment, rather than on what was, might be, could be, or should have been.
I & THOU: It is only possible to know our selves in relationship to the other. Gestalt therapy includes the authentic presence of the therapist creating conditions for dialogue, or healing through relationship supporting the notion that the most helpful focus of psychotherapy is the experiential present moment.