Gestalt Therapy 



History of Gestalt Therapy

Gestalt therapy fits perfectly in the scope of our practices at the Terramind center. According to the dictionary of Britannica it is a “humanistic method of psychotherapy that takes a holistic approach to human experience by stressing individual responsibility and awareness of present psychological and physical needs.”

A German psychiatrist, Fritz S. Perls founded Gestalt therapy in the 1940s with his wife Laura Perls. Dissatisfied with certain Freudian theories and methods they developed their own system of psychotherapy and Gestalt therapy was born.

The Experience of Gestalt Therapy

To assess an emotional response Gestalt therapy uses exercises emphasizing personal responsibility for emotions in the now. The person focusing in the now on an a past experience will be more reliable and more accurate. Directly experiencing these emotions and understanding consequences of certain actions leads to resolution and the proper way of letting go of past negative emotions.

These experiences are also including social contexts of life, and self-regulating actions. For example, the therapist will ask about a past situations that influences the mind. Instead of focusing on describing the event, the focus shifts during sessions on feelings in the present moment about it. This process moves the client beyond the event and the emotions are letting go.

Effectiveness of Gestalt Therapy

Gestalt therapy works for individuals who want to increase their self-awareness. Self-awareness brings the person to the now. Being present in the now allows a desired response to situations. A highly reactive personality becomes thoughtful of their own thoughts and action.

In conclusion, Gestalt therapy increases self-awareness and self-acceptance. Owning past negative experiences will create the ability to let go, versus blaming others and holding onto negativity. The ultimate outcome is a sense of peace and control which reduces stress significantly. Thoughtful action is replacing reactive behaviors. Gestalt therapy allows the level of awareness to be “fully alive” said Dr. Fritz Perl.

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