Put simply, Gestalt Therapy offers you a supportive place to feel, be seen, and be heard. Within this environment, feelings and concerns that previously felt ‘stuck’ can be released, and you can start to live your life differently.
The word ‘Gestalt’ comes from German, and does not have an exact English translation, but means a view of something as whole, rather than as a collection of individual parts. Gestalt therapy is a style of psychotherapy started in the early 20th century by a number of leading therapists, most notably husband and wife Fritz and Laura Perls. Gestalt therapy grew and developed from there.
If you find yourself feeling lost, stuck, grieving over a loss of some kind, or struggling with anxiety and/or depression, the Gestalt approach aims to give you a safe, confidential space that allows you to explore your subjective experiences of life, and how you make meaning of these, as well as examining on how you connect and form relationships with other people.
My role as a Gestalt therapist is to help you increase your self-awareness in the here and now. Our work will be about developing this skill, giving you the space to view your own thoughts and behaviour in a more compassionate, curious, self-accepting light. With greater awareness of what is happening for you comes the realisation that you can mindfully take the next step.
For more information on how I work as a counsellor and Gestalt therapist in Ilford, the wider East London area, and online, please reach out.
Gestalt therapy is about increasing your self-awareness – your capacity to be open to the full experience of how you are thinking, feeling, and behaving in any given moment. We will always look at you as a whole in situations where difficult emotions come up, taking time to analyse all the factors involved.
By looking at how you are, what you are, what you are doing, how you are doing it, and how this can be influenced by other people, we can help you become more aware of yourself and, as a result, have a greater capacity to do something different, responding in a useful and flexible way , i.e. not repeating automatic old and possibly no longer useful patterns of behaviour.
Like I said, my approach necessitates looking at all aspects of how someone thinks, feels, and behaves – and this, of course, includes their facial and body language. As someone who has been deaf for their entire life, I am particularly receptive to the way people carry themselves and the non-verbal signs which may indicate useful insight into your inner world as you describe situations. Your thoughts and feelings can be seen in your posture, and altering your posture can notably change how you feel. There is so much utility in being self-aware of how one embodies themselves, so looking at this area forms an essential part of my work with you.
If you would like to know more about the different issues I help with as a counsellor and Gestalt therapist in Ilford, the wider East London area and online, look at my Areas I Help With page.
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