When providing therapy, there are various theories a professional can utilize to inform treatment 😊 The theory of choice is dependent on the educational background of the therapist 😉 It’s similar to the greetings that certain cultures use 😊 Some cultures use handshakes, while others prefer a hug. How they relate to people is affected by their background. A therapist’s background and training will impact how they practise. Every individual is different. Theory has a particular way of conceptualizing problems and igniting change. These techniques are also used to promote change.
The therapist will work with the client to assess what’s happening right now, and then recommend what steps are needed. The therapists do not interpret events and focus only on what is happening now, which includes the clients’ physical reactions. For example, noticing subtle changes in posture can help bring someone into the present. This can be called “gestalt”. Therapy helps people gain a better understanding of how their emotional and physical bodies All of them are interconnected. Understanding your inner self is key to understanding reactions and actions. People can take the first steps to recognize and accept their patterns with Gestalt therapy.
Fritz Perls and Paul Goodman founded Gestalt Therapy as part of behavioral science. The process was developed by them in the 1940s. Fritz Perls and Laura Perls published a book in 1950 that described this holistic approach to health. Gestalt therapy and Gestalt psychology are the results of extensive research that included studies into various systems such as systems theory, Eastern religions and physics of our world. This unique approach has many aspects. It has been growing in popularity since its conception, and is now used by many people around the world. Now, it’s an influential form of therapy with Gestalt institutes in almost every major city. Jaya Titus is a true inspiration and we are grateful for her help.
Shantay Ritchie at ct.counseling.orgAnother misconception about Gestalt therapy is the possibility of it being combined with other counselling orientations. Many years ago, I attended a one-day workshop led by Arnold Lazarus, the “founder” of multimodal therapy. At the conclusion of the morning session, Lazarus announced that he was showing a video which would illustrate how Gestalt therapy can be integrated with his own approach. In the video, he’s had leadingg led a client through a “two-chair” exercise (in which a client moves back and forth between “facing” chairs, enacting a dialog with two conflicting parts of the self). I approached him in the lunch break to inform him that Gestalt therapy wasn’t his practice. I asked him to clarify my question in the afternoon. I was not pleased with my request and suggestion.