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What is gestalt therapy?

Updated: Sep 8, 2022

Gestalt therapy was developed in the 1940s by Fritz and Laura Perls with the help of Paul Goodman and many others. It is a holistic approach and has integrated so many ideas such as phenomenology, field theory, existentialism, Eastern religion, experimental theatre and neuroscience that it is difficult to give a succinct definition. That being said, I will try to give a basic overview of what gestalt therapy is and how it is used. That way you can see if it resonates with you. Every gestalt therapist will practice their own form of gestalt which will emerge from their own intellectual and embodied understanding, who they are as a person as well as the clients they chose to work with. I will also touch on the kind of person I am, how I understand gestalt therapy and therefore, how I practice it.

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