It’s such an obvious thing, isn’t it? If you’re having trouble with anxiety or depression, find a therapist. Don’t ask me why, even for those of us who have successfully used therapists in the past, it’s not the first thing we think of. What I’ve learned is that it’s sometimes quite a bit harder than… Read More Top Skills Thursday: Find a therapist
Last week we touched on how our perception colors our world. This week we will look at how a Gestalt therapist would use all the parts I’ve discussed to help you create a space in which you can heal and grow beyond your past. There are several tools available in Gestalt therapy. One involves talking… Read More Therapy Tuesday: Gestalt Therapy – Part 5 – Space to Grow
The previous posts lead to this one, the same way that a Gestalt therapist helps a client take the pieces and build the picture. Proximity: Are you in an area where something traumatic happened? Similarity: Is it the same time of day? Are the same people present? Continuity: Are things beginning the same as they… Read More Therapy Tuesday: Gestalt Therapy – Part 4 – Perception
Since it has been a while, here are the previous posts about Gestalt Therapy. Therapy Tuesday: Gestalt Therapy – Part 1 Therapy Tuesday: Gestalt Therapy – Part 2 – Proximity Similarity is the second principle of perception you’ll find yourself using if you work with a Gestalt therapist. When I last posted about Gestalt Therapy,… Read More Therapy Tuesday: Gestalt Therapy – Part 3 – Similarity
Gestalt therapy rests on five principles based on how people perceive the world around them. The idea is that the mind recognizes patterns, and these patterns fall into groups, or principles. The five patterns are: proximity, similarity, continuity, closure, and connectedness.
Gestalt therapy originated with Frederick and Laura Perls in the 1940’s. This particular discipline doesn’t involve attempting to interpret the past, but instead it focuses on present events. This was the first form of therapy I experienced. I think it set me up to delve into DBT therapy later because of how it approaches the… Read More Therapy Tuesday: Gestalt Therapy – Part 1