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
We’ve reached the end of the series on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). I know it took a while to get here, but as was shown, it’s a complex, multifaceted therapy. The entire course takes a full six months of weekly group sessions in addition to some pretty intense individual sessions. It’s a commitment of time,… Read More Therapy Tuesday: DBT Wrap-Up
I still like the way emotional regulation was described to me when I was working with my DBT group. The therapist leading the group said something along the lines of this: Most of us have cooked something in our lives. Maybe a simple meal, maybe something fancy. Imagine if you had to cook without any… Read More Therapy Tuesday: DBT – Part 4D – Emotional Regulation
Distress tolerance is the third module in DBT therapy. This section is exactly what it sounds like; how to handle those overwhelming moments.