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Acorn Therapy Centre
11 Wellington Quay Drogheda,
Co. Louth.
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Gestalt Therapy

Gestalt therapy was developed in the 1940s and is defined as a humanistic, existential and phenomenological approach.

That is, it is a holistic approach that asserts that everyone has the capacity to control their own emotions. Focusing on the here and now the Gestalt Therapist facilitates a person’s awareness of their feelings, emotions and sensations while helping them understand what it is that is contradicting these feelings and emotions.

The Gestalt therapist is proactive in assessing why the person feels a certain way by asking the person to pay attention to and become aware of how they are feeling physically and emotionally when discussing issues.

The therapist gives control to the client and does not try to analyse or give advice but rather aims to establish an open and honest discourse and a meaningful contactful relationship between therapist and client in the session.  Dialogue is ongoing and the client can receive feedback from the therapist so both can freely explore feelings and emotions.

Gestalt teaches therapist and client the phenomenological method of awareness in which perceiving feeling and acting are distinguished from interpreting and re-shuffling pre-existing attitudes.

Explanations and interpretations are considered less reliable than what is directly perceived and felt.  Patient and therapist dialogue: that is, communicate their phenomenological perspective.  Differences in perspectives become the focus of experimentation and continued dialogue. The goal is for clients to become aware of what they are doing, how they are doing it and how they can change themselves, and at the same time learn to accept and value themselves.

Gestalt therapy focuses more on process (what is happening) than on content (what is being discussed). Individuals define, develop and learn about themselves in relationship to others and that they are constantly changing.

The relationship between the therapist and client is the most important aspect of psychotherapy in Gestalt Therapy.  The interaction between the therapist and client is an ever changing dialogue marked by straight forward caring, warmth, acceptance and self responsibility.

 

 

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