About Gestalt Therapy
Gestalt Therapy is a successful and well-evidenced humanistic and holistic approach to human living that developed in the mid 20th Century. Used within the NHS and with a large presence internationally, it takes the form of a respectful and graded engagement between client and therapist to sustain working at depth and developing the relational connection that is the basis of healing and development, growth and change.
How Gestalt Makes A Difference
Gestalt therapy is a powerful process approach to transforming the unfinished issues of the past, acknowledging losses and supporting living in the present with resourcefulness and resilience. Gestalt Therapy works by:
- Providing a highly confidential situation in which you can speak and be heard safely and clearly
- Establishing a healing relationship, a supportive and growthful experience based in the theories of human development, neuroscience and the wisdom of Buddhism
- Paying close attention to your life situations, past and present, and the conditions that have co-created your reality; we work to support more choice-ful living in the here and now
- Raising awareness around the meaning-making process and supporting understanding of how meanings of life events are made and can be re-made
- Working holistically with your mind-body unity, we work to access somatic (body) process to support feeling whole, undoing ‘splits’ and emerging into the vitality and peace that follows a stronger whole-person integration.
When Gestalt can help
Gestalt Therapy is effective both at times of crisis and when it’s become apparent that old patterns and habits are hampering living with satisfaction in the present. Typical situations that can respond well to Gestalt Therapy are
- Major life changes: bereavement, moving home, illness, becoming a parent, starting a new job.
- Ongoing problems: compulsive or addictive behaviour, depression, stress, panic attacks, anxiety, relationship problems, fertility issues, discrimination, sexual issues/sexuality
- Struggling with past experiences: coming to terms with childhood events, trauma, abuse, abandonment.
- A need to address core issues: issues of identity, belonging, diversity, meaning of life.
- For psychotherapy and counselling trainees, needing ongoing therapy as a part of their training requirements.
Gestalt is… Interconnectedness
Gestalt Therapy is informed by field theory and neuroscience and enables powerful connections to be made between situations we have lived through and the current conditions of our lives. Everything is connected whether we have seen this nor not and we form and re-form our experience depending on the support available to do this.
The connection between client and therapist enables ‘healing through meeting’ and the gradual re-construction of our reality and development of new awareness and more fulfilled living.
Gestalt is… Honest and Non-Hierarchical
Gestalt Therapy is based on a philosophy of human equality and our practice is one of seeking a ‘horizontal’ and humane connection with everyone we work with. We work collaboratively with our clients and seek to form a strong ‘therapeutic alliance’ which supports working at depth, ethically and honestly.
We ‘show up’ as people in our work and use our own humanity in the service of our clients and the work we do.
Gestalt is… Life Changing
Gestalt Therapy is a choice promoting therapy rather than a simple problem-solving technique. Changing something alone often feels frustrating – sometimes it appears the more we reach for something different, the more we stay stuck.
Meaningful change will only happen when we get support to properly know where we are now through contact with a skilled ‘other.’ This ‘paradoxical theory of change’ helps us stop fighting with ourselves and enables a move beyond paralysis.
Gestalt is… Creative, Exploratory, Compassionate
Gestalt Therapy is based in experiential learning, creativity, co-created experimentation and the spontaneous – as opposed to following rigid diagnostic formulation and manualised treatment protocols.
An attitude of curiosity and compassion is encouraged and our experience in Mindfulness often supports exploration and discovery.