Gestalt Therapy is very respectful of the person seeking help, and assumes that we all have what it takes to be fully alive, vibrant, and joyful. Despite that innate ability, we are often on “automatic pilot” and unaware of our habits and behavior patterns. By focusing on what we are experiencing in the present moment in the body, mind and spirit, we become aware of how we behave in the world.
Through that awareness, we learn to be with our feelings and sensations. This allows us to release the blocks and unfinished business that tends to cause suffering. Self-awareness mobilizes us to take risks and stretch ourselves by experimenting with new ways of being.
Background and History of Gestalt Therapy
- Developed in the 1940s and 1950s by Fritz Perls, Laura Perls, and Paul Goodman
- Gestalt Paradoxical Theory of Change states that the more we know and accept who we are, the more we change
- This theory applies to individual adults, couples, families, and children, all of whom can benefit from Gestalt Therapy, whether they are dealing with issues of:
- low self-esteem
- relationship issues
- physical or sexual abuse
- suicidal thoughts
- grief and loss