Gestalt therapy is an experiential and humanistic approach to counselling and psychotherapy, that works with both your thoughts and your emotions, to help you gain a deeper understanding of where and how you're stuck in your life, with yourself and your experiences.
Gestalt therapists don't only pay attention to you, but also the context you find yourself in.
This is a key part of who you are.
While exploring your past and how it influences you today is helpful, what's important to living a healthier and more peaceful life is to see how those past experiences show up today and sometimes get in your way. It's these patterns, in the here and now, that hold us back from healing and living lives with spontaneity rather than anxiety or depression.
Using Gestalt therapy, we’ll work together in a supportive and challenging way to help you develop greater awareness of yourself and your experiences, in order to explore difficult issues, and replace your struggles with new opportunities.
There's lots of information about Gestalt therapy online, but I found this article to be one of the best written examples answering the "what is" question about Gestalt therapy. When you click on it you'll open a new tab to a website outside of mine.
Anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction, etc., there’s one thing they all have in common. They're often symptoms of a recent, or older, pattern of distress that’s become stuck in our brain and nervous system (for example, you might notice that not only do you have disconnected thoughts, but also that your body might feel uncomfortable). Those patterns are looking to process their way through to a finishing point, but for a number of reasons, is unable to do so. Brainspotting works to acknowledge & understand these trapped patterns, not only through the story, but also at the level of experience, or intuition. By working at that level, science has shown that these patterns can be weakened or resolved altogether.
The science behind this is about working at the survival levels of our organism: By working past the neo-cortex in the brain, moving more deeply into the sub-cortex, through the limbic system, into the vagal nervous system (in the body) the patterns of suffering find their way to completion.
If you're interested in taking a Brainspotting approach, just let me know when booking your free 30 min consultation.