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More about Gestalt Psychotherapy

Gestalt therapy is an existential/experiential form of psychotherapy that emphasizes personal responsibility, and that focuses upon the individual's experience in the present moment, the therapist–client relationship, the environmental and social contexts of a person's life, and the self-regulating adjustments people make as a result of their overall situation.

It is an holistic and relational way of working which focuses on raising awareness of the person’s feelings, thoughts and behaviours in the present moment, with the support of the relationship with the therapist. These explorations bring some understanding of the current situation, and new possibilities available to the person. Gestalt Therapy advocates that the person cannot be understood in isolation, they are always part of a context and this helps to understand the current difficulties.

The objective of Gestalt therapy is to enable the client to become more fully and creatively alive and to become free from the blocks and unfinished business that may diminish satisfaction, fulfillment, and growth, and to experiment with new ways of being.

​'Relational Gestalt Therapy' means that there is a focus on the therapy relationship dynamics between the therapist and the client or couple which helps to identify and understand patterns of relating with others outside of the therapy, present and past.