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Gestalt Therapy

Gestalt therapy is a creative, relational and socially-engaged form of psychotherapy.

'Gestalt' is a German word meaning 'shape', 'figure' or 'form'. It has connotations of wholeness, and Gestalt therapy is a holistic approach concerned with the full person including their relationships and social context.

Gestalt therapy aims to enhance awareness of how we feel, think and relate to others, and how our present experiences are shaped by the past. This in turn can allow us to consider different possibilities in daily life, and so find more satisfying ways to live.

Gestalt therapy supports here-and-now exploration of our moment-to-moment experience – the flow of sensations, feelings, thoughts, movements, impulses, images and memories - not only through talking but also through experimental use of movement, art materials, images, and physical objects.

This here-and-now approach allows in-depth exploration of dilemmas in our lives. It can also enable all parts of ourselves to be included and heard - perhaps one part wants to move forward but another part is frightened, angry or grieving.

Gestalt therapy emphasises that our situation is never simply individual but is embedded in relationships with our families, partners, friends, colleagues and neighbours – and shaped by wider political, cultural and economic processes.