Gestalt

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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Julie Osburne (she/they)

Professional Counselor Associate

M.A.

Gestalt therapy is a dynamic approach that posits that all of our traumas and histories can be found in the present moment. To access and process these experiences, we direct our attention to what we notice moment by moment in our minds, bodies, and emotions. This approach involves somatic experiencing, mindfulness, and authentic relating between the therapist and client. My graduate program focused on Gestalt therapy and I have taken a year of experiential coursework and training in Gestalt.

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Michael Running (he/him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, MS, NCC

My supervisor, Dr. Eva Gold, PsyD, is one of the area's foremost Gestalt teachers and therapists. I have been involved in her Buddhist Psychology and Gestalt Therapy training groups for a few years, and find Gestalt to be a natural theoretical home for me. Gestalt values exploration of your present experience and curiosity around what gets in the way of engaging fully with the world.

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Kendra Smith (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA

I am naturally a curious person who likes to observe the world around me. Gestalt Therapy is a counseling approach that looks at the way people interact with their environment, which includes relationships with others. People creatively adjust to survive, and as we develop, not all strategies are effective for us. It promotes curiosity and gives clients room to experiment with ways they might shift their responses to the world around them to better represent themselves and get their needs met.

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Jonathan Joebgen

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

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.

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Emily Chavez-Nguyen (She/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

NCC, Professional Counselor Associate (OR), LMHC (WA)

Gestalt is a great way to get unstuck and out of traditional therapy, I find it promotes movement in growth in a very experiential way. This may include art or acting or movement, but often comes in the form of awareness. A therapist who practices gestalt helps humans to have another mirror, as I point of interesting things I see and feel and hear, so we can look at them together and find some meaning.

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Jennifer Rocks, MA, MS, PsyD (she/her)

Clinical Psychologist

MA, MS, PsyD

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.

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Mary Bruce-Owenby (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LGBTQIA-affirmative couples therapist

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.

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Lucius Wheeler (He/him/his)

Licensed Professional Counselor

Gestalt is not only a type of therapy, but also a way of understanding human experience and the process of change. As a Gestalt therapist, my goal is to help you become aware of your needs, interests, and habitual patterns, and to support you to make choices that are meaningful and satisfying for you. I receive ongoing Gestalt training and supervision from multiple organizations and trainers.

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Henry Cameron (He/Him)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

I have studied for over 5 years with the Gestalt Therapy Training Center NW in Portland.

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Sarah Voruz (she/her)

Clinical Psychologist

PsyD

Gestalt Therapy is focused on the present moment, understanding our place in the wider context of the world, and the quality of relationship between the therapist and client. I trained for 7 years with the Gestalt Therapy Training Center - NW, was on the planning committee for The State of the Art of Gestalt Therapy Conference (Portland, October 2015), and organize meetings for the Portland Gestalt Community. I've always thought of Gestalt not just as an orientation but a way of life.

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Neil Panchmatia (he/they)

Licensed Professional Counselor

MS, NCC, Licensed Professional Counselor

I have extensive training in Gestalt therapy as a therapeutic modality that has an existential-humanistic leaning.

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Eric Nielson

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

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.

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