What is Gestalt?

Gestalt therapy is a humanistic, holistic, relational form of psychotherapy that focuses on a person's present life and challenges. This simply means the client is seen as an individual and their 'whole being' will be explored. This is done by 'walking alongside' the client. It is not an expert/patient relationship, it is a joint venture.The past will be discussed, but the emphasis will be on how that past affects the client in the here and now. Gestalt stresses the importance of understanding the context of a person’s experiences and identifying the forces, both internal and external, that shape the behaviour.

A key concept in Gestalt is that a therapist will hold no judgement or prejudice, meeting each disclosure with an open-minded acceptance that will help a client find understanding. I, as a therapists am not there to 'fix' a clients problems, but to help them find their own self-agency, so the changes come from within themselves. This is called the Paradoxical Theory of Change: only by becoming our true selves can meaningful change happen.