Gestalt Therapy

What is Gestalt Therapy?

Gestalt therapy is holistic person centred therapy based on awareness and relationships. It is grounded in the relationship between therapist and client as the source of healing.

  • Awareness of our thoughts, feelings, sensations, communication and actions and how we are in the world;
  • Relationships with ourselves, others and our environment, and their affect.

Increasing awareness in and of itself can be healing. Change can take place quite suddenly with a shift in our awareness. This can be a positive experience leading to further growth.

The Aim of Gestalt Therapy

The aim of Gestalt therapy is to heighten our awareness of our immediate experience from a holistic perspective. It is also to create a therapeutic relationship free from judgement and antidote and based on mutual respect and curiosity rather than “expert cure”.  This becomes the space of healing and growth. The client is the expert and supported to access their own wisdom.

Gestalt therapy is experiential and relational. New ways of relating and living are explored in the “here and now”. Different ways of being and heightened awareness are discovered through creative experimentation.

Gestalt therapy has evolved over the past fifty years into a therapy that is deeply respectful, holistic and dynamic in its promotion of self-awareness and growth.


If you would like to read more on Gestalt Therapy and working with grief, you may be interested in the following paper submitted for my Master's degree in Gestalt Therapy.

Critical Analysis of working with Grief in psychotherapy

Kate Kaszyoni, 2014