mental health, therapy, counseling and psychology terms glossary

Gestalt Therapy

What is Gestalt Therapy?

The Gestalt method is a holistic approach to therapy – incorporating physical sensations within the body in addition to the emotions and perceptions of the external factors in any given situation.

With the Gestalt modality, the focus is more on the present moment rather than on past experiences. By learning how to be empathic with oneself, it helps to reduce distress and improve self-trust.

During a Gestalt therapy session, you may be asked to act out a dramatized version of a real-life event – bringing the past into the present. Because the individual is playing a role, some of the repressed portions of their underlying personality are likely to surface. Once those subdued responses are revealed, they can then be addressed effectively.

Gestalt therapy is proven effective for treating resentment, anxiety, depression, BPD, PTSD, compulsions, relationship issues, and, of course, it is great at helping with self-esteem and confidence issues.

Interested in learning more about how Gestalt Therapy may be a good fit for you?