Gestalt Therapy

Gestalt Therapy is among the earliest and most enduring of psychotherapeutic approaches. Firmly grounded in ‘the relationship between therapist and client’ as the source of healing; the ‘client’ may be a person, a couple, a family, group, organization or community. Embracing the philosophies of phenomenology, field theory and dialogue and grounded in psychoanalytic, existential and intersubjective theories, contemporary Gestalt therapy emphasizes a relational perspective in understanding human experience. Attention is paid to a person’s whole life experience – physical, psychological, intellectual, emotional, interpersonal and spiritual. Each of these interconnected aspects of living is considered inseparable from a person’s immediate context, personal history, culture, relationships and aspirations for the future. The Gestalt practitioner seeks to heighten awareness of the relational processes which contribute to experience, facilitate integration of the many dimensions of a person’s life, support creative choice through discovery and experimenting with new behaviour, and encourage responsibility in a person’s efforts to realise a meaningful and fulfilling life.

This information was sourced from the following Association:
Gestalt Australia and New Zealand www.ganz.org.au

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