What is Gestalt Therapy? - Irish Gestalt Society

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What is Gestalt Therapy?

Gestalt therapy is a type of therapy used to deepen our awareness of ourselves and our feelings in a less intellectual manner than the more traditional forms of therapy.  "Gestalt" means the whole; it implies wholeness.  In any experience or interaction there are feelings in the foreground and in the background.

The idea in Gestalt therapy is that all of us have had to repress or supress aspects of ourselves because they were not accepted or supported.  It is these aspects of ourselves or our feelings that end up in the background and can become unfinished business.

Gestalt therapy can help shed light on unfinished business by helping us to focus our awareness on our feelings (or lack of feelings) moment to moment.  Once we recognise our unfinished business,( i.e. uncomfortable feelings, stuck patterns of behavior, or ways in which we perceive ourselves and others that  are based on our experiences as opposed to reality), we are better equipped to understand ourselves and to choose whether we want to make changes or not.

 
 
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