What is Gestalt Psychotherapy?
"We think sometimes we're only drawn to the good, but we're actually drawn to the authentic. We like people who are real more than those who hide their true selves under layers of artificial niceties." Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross
Gestalt therapy is a vivid and creative form of therapy which was established in the 1950s. It arose out of psychoanalysis and was shaped by different a range of influences including eastern philosophies, existentialism, social activism and others.
The perception of the present lies at the core of Gestalt therapy. To me the Gestalt therapeutic work is like an expedition into our inner world.
Without being judged, the client gets the opportunity to explore his/her feelings, thoughts, behavioural patterns, dreams, concepts, physical symptoms etc.
How do we get make contact with our environment, our fellow men and ourselves? Usually we try to get rid of unpleasant and uncomfortable perceptions, encounters and patterns. However we often forget that the behaviors we don't like once served as a means for dealing with (difficult) situations in our past. For some people these behaviors may have even secured their survival in childhood.
Hence in Gestalt therapy we see the task as acknowledging and valuing these parts and out of that arises the possibility of broadening and reshaping our options in how we want to live our lives.
If we accept ourselves the way we are, if we develop compassion for ourselves and cease to permanently judge ourselves, a change inside us happens automatically.
In Gestalt therapy we call this the "paradoxical theory of change".
As long as we want to get rid of something and fight against it, and as long as we quarrel with ourselves, we feel stuck. However, when we allow what is there at each moment to have its space and realize its value, we can change.
"Whatever causes night in our souls may leave stars." - Victor Hugo
For me, besides being a form of therapy, Gestalt therapy is a life philosophy, leading to more inner freedom and peace with ourselves and the world as well as feeling more alive.
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