About Gestalt Therapy

Gestalt Therapy is an extension of psychoanalysis and draws on the spirituality of Buddhism and Taoism; it also has a cognitive and behavioral focus. My orientation is existential, influenced by existentialists such as Martin Buber and Victor Frankl–another thread in the development of Gestalt Therapy.

Gestalt therapy is process-oriented and experiential, based on a field theory (akin to the inter-subjective field).

Present-centered dialogue is enlivening and enables client and therapist or group and therapist/leader to have an immediate and vivid grasp of current experience, but does not ignore developmental history since we bring the past to our present experience. When emotional process is experienced vividly in the present, the meanings which shape the immediate experience can be explored more directly.

Therapist-client dialogue is the healing element; creative experiments (or techniques) emerge organically out of absorption in the dialogue. Experimentation (trying something new) is an alternative to purely verbal techniques.

For some therapists, including me, the relational experience of client and therapist offered by Gestalt therapy at times triggers awareness of something deeper and beyond words, which may be experienced as spiritual.