About Gestalt therapy

Gestalt Therapy

Gestalt therapy evolved from the landmark work of Frederick and Laura Perls, Paul Goodman, Isadore From and others who led the humanistic revolution of the 1940s. The work, an extension of Gestalt perceptual psychology, has its roots in existentialism and humanistic field theory and body approaches. The Gestalt approach is based in the here and now. It is growth-driven and experiential and treats the person, system or organization as a whole.

Gestalt therapy is a present-centered, relationship-oriented treatment approach that focuses on awareness and encourages participation in lifelong growth. It is about change. Gestalt therapists approach clients from the perspective that individuals and the systems in which they operate are fundamentally able to adapt and grow. By discovering impediments to growth, the Gestalt therapist helps the client develop new, creative solutions to issues while encouraging the full acceptance of personal responsibility and self-support and working toward the completion of a client’s unfinished business.

The Gestalt approach balances intellectual understanding with an individual’s actions and experiences. Rather than simply observing from the outside, Gestalt practitioners heighten and illuminate each client’s experience of life, self and others.

Whether fostering real, lifelong change in the self, couple, family or organization, the Gestalt approach is a successful, recognized model used by mental health professionals around the world.


Parenting from Your Heart

Parenting from Your Heart


This guide focuses on the “Parenting from the Heart” philosophy and the skills necessary to make it a reality. It encourages adults to examine themselves and to make the changes that will create opportunities for them and their children to enjoy the best that life can offer.

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