What is Gestalt therapy?

Here & Now
What & How
I & Though

Gestalt therapy is one of various internationally acknowledged modalities of psychotherapy. Within this form of therapy the therapist and client work together, sitting opposite one another. The psychotherapist accompanies the client along their way.

Here & Now…
…Gestalt therapy takes place.
The focus is centered around what is immediate and observable, meaning on what is happening in the Here & NowGestalt psychotherapy relies on immediate experience rather than interpretation. Like other methods, Gestalt therapy also looks at and works on one’s past, however this is always done within the context of the present.
What happens in the Here & Now and How it feels is given quite some space, since…

…What & How…
…are questions frequently asked in Gestalt therapy.
This psychotherapeutic modality offers various techniques to express oneself verbally and non-verbally. One has many options of expression. Therefore the client is not restricted on finding the right words, but has different possibilities to look at a certain topic and express the What & How. Imaginations and creative media like painting or the use of symbols can be incorporated. Movement and conceptual or real pictures can be worked with, if one is not finding words to describe what they feel in their mind and body.
Like in any modality it is important that the client is able to choose whether they want to use the tools offered my the therapist, because…

…I & Thou…
…shape the therapeutic relationship through encounter.
Gestalt therapy emphasises on an encounter of client and therapist on the same level. The therapist supports the client on their way and offers their professional and sometimes personal knowledge, while presuming that the client knows themselves best and goes their very individual way. Gestalt therapy orients itself on the concept, that this implicit knowledge and ability every person has, is sometimes used different than what is in one’s best interest. Through encounter on the same level and through recognising these creative adjustments (on a traumatic experience or a difficult situation) can change.