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Gestalt Therapy has its roots in the 1940s and is something that is often used instead of traditional psychoanalysis. When making use of this process, your gestalt therapist will use a mix of creative and experiential methods to boost your self-awareness and ability to enhance your freedom of direction. ‘Gestalt’ is the German word for shape and refers to the basic essence of person involved in the therapy.

Using empathy and understanding

A little like person-centred therapy, your Gestalt therapist will make use of empathy and understanding to arrive at a positive outcome. Your therapy sessions will focus on showing you how to become more self-aware and to have faith in your own feelings. Often provided on a one-to-one basis, your counsellor will make use of exercises in order to achieve results that can be analysed and to enable them to understand how you are feeling at the present time i.e. in the ‘here and now’.

Your therapist will examine your relationship with the world in general and may even make use of role playing in order to resolve past conflicts and upsets.

The ‘open chair’ technique

The use of Gestalt therapy is useful for those that find it difficult to get in touch with their own emotions so it is beneficial for many suffering with mental health problems. Your analyst will work to bring out and expose your hidden feelings, often using the ‘open chair’ technique where you imagine that a person that has caused you pain is in the chair and you talk to them, opening up, revealing your innermost traumas and bring your emotions, no matter how painful, to the surface.

Your counsellor will deal with this carefully and sensitively so that you will feel much more in control afterwards and your symptoms of stress or depression should begin to lift.

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