What Is Gestalt Therapy?

Gestalt Therapy is a growth-oriented approach to working with people that emphasizes context and relationship. The Gestalt approach embraces a person’s physical, psychological, intellectual, emotional, interpersonal and spiritual experience. Each of these interconnected aspects of living is considered inseparable from a person’s environment, history and culture.

A Psychotherapeutic Approach


Gestalt therapy seeks to develop awareness, support creative choice and encourage responsibility in a person’s effort to realize and effective, meaningful and fulfilling life. From a Gestalt perspective a well-lived life is grounded in a person’s awareness of how they live their life and conduct their relationships in the present.


The Gestalt practitioner works to create a relationship with a client that is respectful and attuned. The immediacy of the emerging dialogue creates a space in which the client feels recognized and affirmed by the therapist. A delicate balance of support and challenge is used when addressing the client’s hopes and concerns.

The Gestalt approach places more emphasis on describing and understanding the unique experience of a client rather than interpreting and generalizing about the client’s experience. The use of creative experimentation involves the therapist and client co-creating new ways for the client to be in the world with greater satisfaction.