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

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.

I enjoy Gestalt as an immediate, experiential (and playful) way to engage in therapy. It is present-moment focused, and may attend to what is happening between client and therapist. A session can become a laboratory for discovery and experimentation. Automatic responses that may inhibit your ability to connect with self and others in preferred ways can be amplified and adjusted.

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 is a great way to get unstuck and out of traditional therapy, I find it promotes movement in growth in a very experiential way.

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.

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.

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.

Gestalt therapy focuses on here-and-now emotional and somatic reactions that emerge in session. This includes identifying internal conflicts as well as unresolved issues with others in our lives. We address these conflicts as they affect us in the moment, and work to resolve resentments and pain.

My current 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.

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.

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.

I also incorporate Gestalt practice into my work as a therapist.

Gestalt is an early and evolving humanistic approach that I have on going training with.

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.

I have been in training with a gestalt supervisor for the past 3 years and have taken various courses to develop the skill set of a gestalt therapist. I am currently, in two training groups for Gestalt Therapists one being the Pacific Gestalt Institute and the other with the Gestalt Therapy Training Center NW.

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

I have training in Gestalt play therapy through the West Coast Institute and am working towards certification as a registered play therapist

An existential/experiential form of therapy which emphasizes personal responsibility, and focuses upon the individual\'s experience in the present moment, the therapist–client relationship, the environmental and social contexts of a person\'s life, and the self-regulating adjustments people make as a result of their overall situation.

← Back to Terms List