What is Gestalt?Gestalt therapy was developed by Fritz Perls almost 70 years ago. It is a highly positive and practical integrative approach, originally designed as an alternative to conventional psychoanalysis.
The field theory
The context of the person will affect the experience. There is no one who is 100 % objective. Therefore understanding the context is vital to understand the client. Everything is related.The interaction between the person and the environment is what creates the experience at the moment. The therapist belongs to the environmemt as well as the client himself. The others are part of what we are. This is where therapy begins and becomes a co-creation, and make it a very lively, spontaneous and creative approach.
The Here and Now
Experiences of the past may be addressed in therapy sessions, but the therapist and the client will focus on exploring how the present moment is impacted by the experiences of the past.
What occurs in the Now can be understood and be treated. Increased understanding of the present, of one’s immediate thoughts, feelings and behavior, and of patterns of relating can bring about powerful change and new perpectives.
Our past experiences live in our present, knowing it can create another future.
The focus on the process
What are the patterns of behavior and thinking the person uses to percieve and make meaning to react to the world, regardless of what the content is ? Getting to know the repetitive patterns, feel them, understand and accept them, give them a space inside of us so that they are liberated and we are able to let them go and choose something else, opening a door to freedom.
To start a therapeutic process is to take a big step towards health and inner freedom.