My approach is tailored to the unique needs of every individual. I believe that we have the potential to live a creative and fulfilling life and also the right to accept and love ourselves for who we truly are. We are the experts on ourselves and in a proper nurturing environment we are able to use our inner strengths. I invite people to explore and become aware of their strengths and limitations in the safe therapeutic environment and to experiment with new ways of thinking and behaving.
My main therapeutic base is Gestalt therapy. It is a powerful humanistic psychotherapy focused in the present moment, awareness, personal responsibility, choice and self-acceptance.
Gestalt therapy views the person holistically and believes that people have a natural tendency towards health, an inherent potential of growth, mature self-expression and that they make the best attempts they can towards meeting their own needs.
In the process of ongoing interaction with others and events in our lives, things get in the way of our ability to live well, to meet our needs and to face the challenges life has for us. We are all influenced by our experiences in life. Some experiences urge us to protect vulnerable sides of ourselves and we invent less effective ways of handling certain situations. We get stuck in limiting beliefs and ways of behaving. Relying on the old ways of coping in new situations prevents us from fulfilling our potential and enjoying a satisfying life.
In Gestalt Therapy we use our awareness to encourage personal growth and develop our potential. Becoming aware of what we experience (thoughts, perceptions, sensations, feelings) and how we behave (express our self, communicate) in the present moment creates an opportunity to explore changes in our behavior and attitudes.
We are more interested in HOW (in what way) people do things rather than WHY: knowing why we do things is often quite interesting but it rarely leads to any changes being made. When we know how something is happening we have an opportunity to make choices we didn’t know we had.
The goal is for clients to become aware of what they are doing, how they are doing it, and how they can change themselves, and at the same time, to learn to accept and value themselves. Gestalt therapy clients can then discover who they really are, and allow themselves to develop in the ways appropriate for them.
Gestalt therapy is a phenomenological-existential therapy
founded by Frederick (Fritz) and Laura Perls in the 1940s.
The philosophical roots and origins of Gestalt therapy come
from various sources like:
• existential philosophy (Kierkegaard, Merleau-Ponty, Sartre)
• phenomenology (Husserl)
• Goldstein’s holistic theory of the organism, holism
• Gestalt psychology
• Lewin’s field theory
• Buber’s philosophy of dialogue
• Reich’s character analysis
• Zen Buddhism