What is Gestalt psychotherapy?
Who needs Gestalt psychotherapy?
Gestalt therapy focuses on self-awareness and being in the present at the moment to
improve a person’s mental health.
Gestalt therapy is a psychotherapy that was developed as an alternative to traditional . It
focuses on self-awareness and personal responsibility, encouraging people to understand how
their perceptions of the past influence how they react to current situations.
Gestalt is a German word that means “an organized whole that is perceived as more than the
sum of its parts. Based on the holistic view that a person is made up of body, mind and soul, but
these entities work together to make that person who they are. It focuses on the idea that an
individual best understands themselves when looking through their own eyes.
Most other forms of psychotherapy tend to emphasize the patient’s past, while Gestalt therapy
focuses on the present. It still takes into consideration past experiences but uses them in the
context of how the past has affected a person’s current psychological state. By actively reliving
past experiences, the person can deal with them in the present.
What Conditions Does Gestalt Therapy Treat?
Gestalt therapy is an effective treatment for many different mental health conditions and issues.
It can also be beneficial for people who are interested in becoming more self-aware.
Some examples of what Gestalt therapy can treat include:
Behavioral health issues: Gestalt therapy can help people who have bipolar disorder,
substance use disorder, eating disorders, behavior or mood disorders, grief, loneliness,
compulsive gambling and post-traumatic stress
Physical health issues: Gestalt therapy can help with sexual problems, migraines,
ulcerative colitis and back spasms
Anxiety: Gestalt therapy is helpful for anxiety because it helps people focus on the
present and what could be triggering their anxiety in the present moment
Depression: Gestalt therapy techniques can also be used as a treatment for depression
and help people become aware of factors that can lead to depressive episodes
Relationship troubles: Gestalt therapy can allow couples, either individually or
together, to become aware of negative and destructive behaviors that influence their
relationship and replace them with more positive patterns
Self-esteem issues: Gestalt therapy allows people with low self-esteem to discover and
overcome the underlying issues that lead to self-esteem problems
Benefits of Gestalt Therapy
There are many benefits of Gestalt therapy. Some of these benefits include:
- Becoming more self-aware
- Increased sense of self-acceptance
- Enhanced ability to live in the moment
- Increased sense of ownership of experiences, versus blaming others
- Increased ability to accept responsibility for actions
- Enhanced self-confidence
- Greater ability to handle stress