Gestalt Therapy is an existential/experiential form of psychotherapy that emphasizes personal responsibility, and focuses upon the individual's experience in the present moment, the therapist-client relationship, the environmental and social contexts of a person's life, and the self-regulating adjustments people make as a result of their overall situation.
What is the focus of Gestalt therapy?Gestalt therapy focuses on process (what is actually happening) as well as on content (what is being talked about). The emphasis is on what is being done, thought, and felt at the present moment (the phenomenality of both client and therapist), rather than on what was, might be, could be, or should have been.
What is the process followed in Gestalt therapy?Gestalt therapy is a method of awareness practice (also called "mindfulness" in other clinical domains), by which perceiving, feeling, and acting are understood to be conducive to interpreting, explaining, and conceptualizing (the hermeneutics of experience).This distinction between direct experience versus indirect or secondary interpretation is developed in the process of therapy. The client learns to become aware of what he or she is doing and that triggers the ability to risk a shift or change.
What is Gestalt Play Therapy?Gestalt therapy combined with play is Gestalt play therapy. Gestalt play therapy framework helps the child/young person become aware of the problems they experience through using a safe means such as play/role-play/drama/storytelling/poetry/music or any other interest the individual expresses, feelings get projected in a non-threatening way.
This results in the client experiencing a safe way of dealing with threatening problems and by focusing the individual on their self-awareness, new insights can be made into their behavior, and they can engage in self-healing.