What is Gestalt Psychotherapy
Gestalt Therapy is about self-awareness, knowing who I am in the here-and-now, what I feel and how I respond to life’s challenges. I believe that, with the right support, each one of us has the wisdom and the resources to heal and live a more fulfilling existence. By slowing down, attending to body process, using the therapeutic alliance (the relationship between client and therapist) as a safe space, where we can experiment with new ways of being, we can tap into our creativity, be playful, take risks and reconnect with our true self. Gestalt therapy is a holistic modality exploring body, mind and spirit. It is both gentle and challenging. Gestalt focuses on ‘being’ rather than ‘doing’: the therapist’s aim is NOT to change you, but to support the gracious unfolding of who you truly are.
My Experience of Gestalt Psychotherapy
I came to Gestalt Therapy through my own need to heal and my hope to experience a brighter and easier life. Therapy has allowed me to understand how, at a very young age, when we are extremely vulnerable and dependent on others, we develop ways of responding to life’s challenges and how these responses turn into patterns over time. These patterns, which were our best attempts at coping with life with what we had at the time, then become rigidly fixed, not context-relevant and inadequate. They leave us feeling isolated, not ‘good enough’ and shamed. Only with full awareness, of what we do when we do it, can we start realising that we are limiting ourselves to what we know, and later on, risk exploring different