Gestalt therapy was designed by Fritz and Laura Perls, German-trained psychotherapists who survived the Holocaust in the 1940’s. They found healing for themselves and those around them by paying attention to mind-body connections. From there, they developed Gestalt therapy. Gestalt impact reaches areas of human perception and sensation. It is based on the premise that life is lived in the present: The future is Now.
Patients who experience Gestalt individually usually speak of their awareness of inner energy, excitement, and a growth of courage to lean into discomforts and live bravely… moment by moment. Patients who experience Gestalt in group or family systems usually share about both inspiring, motivating moments as well as moments they are acutely aware of vivid material. Patients speak to the uniqueness of their experiences, and share understanding through dialogue. When these themes arise, it is common for patients to experience a swell of emotions (including but not limited to shame, grief, guilt, disconnection, grounding awareness, euphoria, relaxation, calmness).
Common themes in Gestalt therapy include similarity of groupings, continuation in straight or curvy lines, the desire or pattern of closure, proximity in perception, and tendencies to see certain aspects as foremost and other aspects as background.
At Counseling Care Circle, we are deeply invested in patients enjoying their lives here, now, today. If Gestalt is a helpful way for you to be happier in your everyday life, it is an option we can use.
Counselor Park was trained at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, founded in the early 1950’s by the first students of Perls, Perls, From, Weiss, and Goodman. Perls, Perls, Weiss and Goodman frequented the GIC to teach and lead groups.