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.
Local Experts in Gestalt
I have trained for 7 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. I also organize meetings for the Portland Gestalt Community.
I work as a Gestalt Relational therapist. This means that I believe that all of your different experiences and parts of who you are always changing and transforming. With the right kind of support, you will find your way to deepening the connections you want to grow more of in your life and distancing the ones that feel unhealthy.
Gestalt is an early and evolving humanistic approach that I have on going training with.
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 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 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.
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 have training in Gestalt play therapy through the West Coast Institute and am working towards certification as a registered play therapist
Conceptualizing from a contemporary Gestalt orientation means that I think about an individual as self-regulating and intrinsically moving toward health. Sometimes we get stuck in this process and develop ways of being that aren't helpful. My job is to help you gain awareness and understanding of obstacles to your goals and find more satisfying ways of connecting with yourself and others.
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.
Awareness based humanistic therapy focused on identifying emotions, needs and wants. There is emphasis on the present moment and finishing unfinished experiences.
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.