What is Gestalt Psychotherapy?
Gestalt psychotherapy is a form of therapy which emphasises personal responsibility and reflection within the present moment. It involves the acknowledgement of a person’s environmental and social context in influencing their life, and relies on patients to self-regulate their behaviour as they grow aware of them through therapy.
This form of therapy also focuses on the building of a collaborative relationship between the therapist and their patient, making the experience much more humanistic and natural as compared to other forms of therapy.
By working together with a therapist to understand their environment and personal context, individuals are able to make positive changes to their behaviour and lifestyle.
Gestalt therapy is a holistic, experiential and relational approach to therapy.
Gestalt Therapy Principles
Contemporary Neuroscience provides strong evidence that the clients healing potential in the therapeutic process is high and powerful when empathising on the client-therapist relationship.
Building on this research, Gestalt therapy is unique when compared to other therapies because of its relational focus, where the therapist actively engages herself into your process.
A number of Gestalt therapy principles come into play, including:
- Experience influence perception
- Body awareness
- Commitment to authentic dialogue
- Paradoxical theory of change (become who you truly are)
- The therapeutic relationship
- Holistic life-situation
- The art of speaking from own experience
- Trust and Safety
- Grounding and resourcing tools
You can find further resources in Gestalt therapy here.
Gestalt Therapy Sydney
Are you looking for a Gestalt psychotherapist in the Newport and Northern Beaches area? Sofie Glaesel at Therapy Works would love to help you.
We also proudly service Avalon, Bayview, Bilgola Plateau, Clareville, Newport Beach, Ingleside, Mona Vale, Narrabeen, Palm Beach, Terrey Hills, Warriewood, Whale Beach and surrounds.