What is Gestalt

The Gestalt approach is much more than a psychotherapy which enables people to cope with their daily lives. It is a deep philosophy that also provides a practical method of transformation, leading progressively to the realisation of the evolving authentic self. The aim is the awakening of a person's full potential, supporting what is most alive and energising. Link to a Story about a Beautiful Death.

Gestalt Psychotherapy is based on the philosophy of trusting the human potential for a growing relationship with their particular environment. Gestalt as a method has a holistic approach to psychotherapy and is based on a core belief that the desired outcome of psychotherapy is achieved through heightened awareness within the therapeutic relationship in conjunction with creative and active experimentation.

Gestalt Psychotherapy is a process-oriented school of thought established in the 1950's by Dr. F. Perls and Dr. L. Perls in New York. Gestalt therapy and practice, evolved as a growing psychotherapy gaining enormous popularity when Dr. F. Perls moved from New York to Esalen California. The richly heuristic work of Drs. Carl Rogers and Abraham Maslow was instrumental in creating a climate for a dramatic paradigm shift in the way counseling and psychotherapy was conducted. Gestalt Therapy was created from an integration of Buberian dialogue, Phenomenology, Existentialism, Field theory, Psycho-dramatic influences and Zen Buddhism, and continues to evolve today.

Today Gestalt Therapy is one of the mainstream psychotherapies in the world. It is practiced by professionals in the health, educational and organisational fields. It has moved along from the confrontational "hot seat" methods of the past to a more supportive, relational approach today.