Gestalt Therapy, A part of Coming Home to Wholeness

As part of Coming Home to Wholeness Gestalt therapy will be used, the following blog will be a brief breakdown on what Gestalt Therapy is and how it may benefit you.

Gestalt therapy was originally created in the 1940s as a more human form of therapy, an alternative to traditional psychoanalysis Gestalt therapy uses creative techniques to enhance awareness, freedom, and self-direction. The phrase Gestalt itself comes from the German word for Shape or form talking about the character or essence of something.


A process psychotherapy is one that focuses on process over individual occurrences. This resources that arrangement therapists are more interested in the process all at once, alternatively individual occurrences or occurrences. This goal is consummate through knowledgeable, impulsive, and authentic talk between person and a counsellor.


Gestalt therapy is very much about the “here and now” with its main goal of gaining awareness of the present, often our vision of the present can be skewed when we see it through the lens of our pasts, Gestalt aims to break down the suppressed or masked feelings of our past and break them down and teaches us to trust our emotions and aims to give us a new sense of self and overall self-awareness. Awareness of differences and correspondences is explored while interruptions to contact are investigated in the healing relationship.


Gestalt analysis draws upon dialectical thinking and dissemination to help a person achieve balance, balance, contact, and strength. Gestalt healing borrows heavily from psychotherapy, arrangement attitude, existential knowledge, zen Buddhism, Taoism, and more.


It’s important to note that Gestalt doesn’t negate the past or future possibilities, a person’s past is part of them but instead the goal is to avoid dwelling on the past or anxiously anticipating a person’s future.


The Empty Chair Technique


The empty chair technique is a quintessential gestalt therapy exercise that places the person in therapy across from an empty chair. He or she's asked to visualize that someone (such as a boss, spouse, or relative) or a component of themselves is sitting in the chair. The therapist motivates dialogue between the empty chair and person in therapy so as to bewitch the person’s thoughts, emotions, and behaviours. Sometimes the roles are reversed and the person in therapy assumes the metaphorical person or component of an individual in the chair.

The empty chair technique can be mainly useful for assisting group become mindful of the complete position and forgotten or disengaged pieces of their own self. Another common exercise in gestalt therapy is the exaggeration exercise. During this exercise, the person is asked to recount and magnify a specific movement or expression, as an example frowning or bouncing a leg, so as to make the person more aware of the emotions attached to the behaviour


The empty chair technique and the exaggeration exercise are two of countless gestalt therapy strategies utilized to assist people in therapy to enhance their awareness of experiences. Through exercises and spontaneous experiments, gestalt therapy additionally lets people reconnect with parts of themselves they may minimize, ignore, or deny.


Overall Gestalt Therapy can help elevate the stress that comes with being human if you suffer from anxious thoughts, this form of therapy may help you in becoming more present elevating the stress that comes from the past and the future.


Gestalt therapy will also be used as apart of The Coming Home to Wholeness retreat at Monte De Orada, Portugal. For more details click the booking link below.


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For more information on Gestalt Therapy there are some related books below

Gestalt Therapy: Excitement and Growth in the Human Personality


Buddhist Psychology & Gestalt Therapy Integrated: Psychotherapy for the 21st Century



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