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Gestalt Therapy & Counselling

What Is Gestalt Therapy?: Developed by a husband and wife team of psychotherapists (Fritz Perls, Laura Perls, and Paul Goodman) who founded Gestalt therapy in the 1940s, this type of therapy modality is a holistic free-flowing therapeutic client-centred approach that focuses on the present moment to help you understand what is happening in your life right now.

Through ‘re-experiencing’ feelings rather than simply talking about them, you will be supported to increase your self-awareness, freedom, and self-direction. The core aim of Gestalt therapy is to highlight to you that the whole of anything is greater than its parts and that every person is a whole (mind, body and soul).

It is seen in therapy circles as a system of awareness practice (sometimes called ‘mindfulness‘) and is similar to person-centred therapy in this way with its approach to personal growth and balance.

How does gestalt therapy work?: A therapist will work with you using Gestalt therapy techniques to identify what you are feeling right now, perhaps encouraging you to exaggerate that feeling or play a role that expresses it more fully. Your therapist might point out a physical thing that’s happening for you – foot-tapping or making a face – to help you connect your physical behaviours to your feelings.

Gestalt therapists might also encourage you to re-experience your dreams or use ‘empty chair’ techniques (where you project someone else into the room and talk to them directly). It can be a lively and playful form of therapy that gets right to the heart of the issue in a seemingly short time frame.

Therapy Issues That Gestalt Therapy Helps With

What is Gestalt therapy used to treat?: Working with a Gestalt therapist, you learn to become more aware of how your own negative thought patterns and behaviours are blocking true self-awareness and making you unhappy. This is turn can help you with issues such as anxiety & depression, self-esteem issues, along with other physical and emotional problems (see more examples below).

Fritz Perls was quoted as saying “I am not in this world to live up to other people’s expectations, nor do I feel that the world must live up to mine.”

We want you to feel able to discuss any questions or worries with your therapist. This is important in order for you to progress in your therapy.

***If you feel you need some help with getting therapy contact us using the form at the bottom of this page and someone will guide you through the process.***

These are some of the additional therapy issues we deal with that are closely related to Gestalt therapy.

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What to expect from Gestalt therapy: During your therapy sessions the therapist will work with you to nurture a non-judgemental self-awareness that enables you to develop a unique perspective on life.

Below is a selection of our current fully trained Gestalt therapists who are available to work with clients who are experiencing therapy issues that we deal with related to Gestalt therapy using a wide range range of therapy techniques.

Choosing the right therapist is an important decision for you and it is important that you work with the right practitioner and that both feel comfortable working together.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I Seek Gestalt Therapy?

Many people, new to this type of help, believe that they need to be suffering from “mental illness” or serious “psychological problems”, or be in crisis in order for therapy and counselling to be appropriate for them. This is a common misconception; anyone can benefit from therapy when it comes to helping you deal with your personal feelings and problems, make positive changes in your life, and understand yourself better.

So what is therapy and counselling? If you’re new to this world then the first steps can sometimes be the most difficult. Therapy can be a very effective treatment for a whole range of personal problems covering areas from physical and emotional problems, different types of behavioural disorders, through to human sexuality issues and a host of wellbeing and complementary therapy techniques.

Any problem you have that is causing you concern, anxiety or distress is a valid and appropriate reason to reach out and find a therapist and talk to them about it. Far from something to be ashamed of, acknowledging your vulnerability and asking for help is a sign of maturity and strength.

If you feel that you have a desire and are committed to making changes in your life in order to overcome your current problems and achieve more long-term satisfaction, psychological wellbeing and personal fulfilment, then you are ready to seek therapy. We are here to help you work through a wide range of therapy issues that might be troubling you.

Will Information About Me Be Safe & Secure?

It is quite normal to be hesitant when it comes to sharing private and intimate information about yourself with a stranger. You may fear that you will receive judgment from your therapist, or that your therapist will share your details with others.

HQ Therapy Rooms takes your privacy and confidentiality very seriously. Our therapists are required to keep everything said in therapy sessions between you, just like your doctor is required to keep your records private.

For therapy to be effective, there must be unconditional trust built between you and your therapist, and this relies on a shared understanding of confidentiality. It applies to the outside world as well: it is standard practice for therapists not to acknowledge their clients if they run into them outside of the therapy rooms in order to help protect their client’s confidentiality. Read our full privacy policy for more information.

Can I Contact You For Advice About Getting Therapy?

Talking about your thoughts and feelings with a supportive therapist can often make you feel better and help you face your problems. It feels good to be listened to and to know that someone cares about you and wants to help. It is important that you find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and can build a trusting relationship to help you make positive changes in your life.

But how do you know what type of therapy is right for you? Taking the first steps in finding the right therapist can be the biggest hurdle for newcomers, so we have made it easy. Simply get in touch with us using the form below or give us a call at 0203 997 9229 and one of our fully qualified referral therapists can work with you to make sure you connect with the right practitioner and receive the correct therapy and counselling services you require.

However, if you feel you are ready to start therapy straight away then click HERE to book an initial therapy assessment with a fully qualified therapist, or if you are struggling financially click HERE to book an initial therapy assessment with one of our Low-Cost therapists.

Our practitioners deal with a wide range of therapy issues using different types of therapy modalities tailored to the types of clients we work with. We also cater for people who are beset with financial difficulties, offering them services ranging from low-cost therapy and reduced-rate therapy to working with seasoned, qualified and accredited talking therapists.