Gestalt is a German word meaning a Whole or a completion that is greater than the sum of it’s parts. An integrated person is aware of all the elements that unite to make them whole – their body, feelings, intellect, and senses.
When unaware, people may drift through life with some of those parts missing eg. not feeling, which might cause them difficulty in relationships. Some people ,through their conditioning in early childhood, have lost a sense of self and may develop relationships through confluence and manipulation instead of making real contact.
Gestalt Psychotherapy was developed by Fritz Perls who moved from the psycho analytical school of psychotherapy into developing a humanistic and experiential form of therapy based on Existential philosophy where a person taking responsibility for him/herself moves from dependency towards independence and wholeness.
Gestalt Therapy aims to find wholeness and integration through awareness in the ‘here and now ‘. It focuses in the present on HOW the individual blocks expression and spontaneity and explores ways of releasing trapped energy which is both liberating and exciting. Gestalt therapy continues to develop as part of the humanistic and integrative movement in psychotherapy.
A Gestalt group involves a creative encounter between people. It enables individuals to obtain greater awareness of their power and potential as well as their blocks and to experience richer contact in relationships.