Gestalt therapy is a therapeutic approach that, like existential therapy, emphasizes personal responsibility and focuses upon the individual's experience in the present. The goal of Gestalt therapy is to enable the individual to become more fully and creatively alive and to become free from the barriers that lessen personal satisfaction, fulfillment, and growth. Gestalt therapy teaches clients healthy ways to cope with stressors and can help clients feel more calm and self-confident. Gestalt therapy can be an effective in treating depression, anxiety, substance abuse, PTSD and stress, among other things.
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Gestalt Therapy is a holistic and relational process in which change occurs through increased awareness of thoughts, feelings, and experiences as they occur. For example, I may help you notice when you talk softer while telling of a time you couldn't express yourself to a parent. This may be followed up with an experiment where you practice a new way of responding while maintaining your volume.
I have studied for over 5 years with the Gestalt Therapy Training Center NW in Portland.
This was the primary modality I used in treating individuals, as I greatly respect the framework of Gestalt counseling. However I do not practice Gestalt from a traditional perspective, and prefer a more relational approach.
I have trained in Gestalt therapy, a strengths-based, non-pathologizing therapy, during graduate school and in internship, and have incorporated its here-and-now, direct, honest and mindful approach to help clients work with and address deep-seated, unmet needs.
Gestalt is an experiential approach that posters a healthy and meaningful contact with our environment, maintaining that the outside circumstances as well as our own perceptions, thoughts and beliefs play role in how we adopt in our environment, solve problems, respond to triggers, express our needs and how we get our needs met in our relationships .
Gestalt is an early and evolving humanistic approach that I have on going training with.
I have trained for the past 4 years with the Gestalt Therapy Training Center - NW. In addition to my clinical training, I was on the planning committee to organize the conference The State of the Art of Gestalt Therapy that happened in Portland in October 2015.
Gestalt therapy helps people get in touch with and talk honestly about their unfulfilled needs. It raises awareness of the patterns people have established in their lives that can be problematic and lead to being stuck. Gestalt is a strengths-based perspective that does not reduce people only to a diagnosis or set of issues.It’s an approach that helps us expand ourselves and increases confidence
I also incorporate Gestalt practice into my work as a therapist.
Gestalt is a form of therapy that focuses on the interactions and integrations of various parts of ourselves. It is both a very challenging and fun approach to growth and healing.
One of my primary influences is Gestalt Therapy and Gestalt Awareness Practice (a practice based in the Gestalt Therapy developed by Fritz Perls, and evolved by Richard and Christine Price). A primary tenet of Gestalt therapy is that, as we are able to come to greater awareness and acceptance of our experience in this moment, we allow the possibility of real and lasting growth and change.
Gestalt Therapy is experiential & focuses on contact (with ourselves and with others) and awareness in the here and now. By experimenting with new possibilities in the therapeutic relationship, the client is supported to have repairative and empowering visceral experiences, that can build an embodied foundation for the change they want to see in their lives. http://www.gestaltcenter.net/info.html
Awareness based humanistic therapy focused on identifying emotions, needs and wants. There is emphasis on the present moment and finishing unfinished experiences.