Case Study: Gestalt Therapy To The Case Of Stan

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Gestalt translates from German to mean whole or completion. Gestalt is based on the Here and the Now. It is also existential, phenomenological, and process-based approach crated on the idea that people must be understood in the context to how they related to their surroundings (Corey, 2013). Gestalt Therapy is less focused on interpreting and more on expressing, feeling and experiencing. The main purpose of the paper is to research the theory which most captured our attention. This paper will describe Gestalt Theory and apply it to the case of Stan. History Frederick S. (“Fritz”) Perls, MD, PhD, was the main originator of the Gestalt Theory, he developed this theory
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Gestalt therapy facilitates individuals who are stuck at an inner polarity. The human experience can exist on what is referred to as a continuum with polar opposites; for example, sad/happy, humility/arrogance or passive/aggressive. Gestalt therapy aids in finding balance in this polarities (Zimberoff, 2003). A Gestalt therapist would probably listens to a narrative of the past, but the therapist will focus on expression, tone of voice, breath, silence and pace of speech, body moments and sensations. All these carry equal weight. A client’s body movement is as important as what he or she is saying. Even though a problem has a past, that past presents itself as a live event and is there to use as live data (Rutkowski, …show more content…
Contact is initiated by moving, touching, smelling, hearing, talking, tasting and seeing. To do this effectively, an individual should be able to interact with others and the world without losing one’s uniqueness. (Corey, 2013). Through these functions we can achieve contact, without them contact may be avoided and blocked (Polster & Polster, 1978). Polster said, “Contact is the lifeblood of growth, the means for changing oneself and one’s experience in the world”. There are different kinds of contact, such as; disturbances, projection, retroflection, deflection, confluence and introjection (Polster & Polster, 1978).
On the other hand, by not making contact, an individual will redirect his energy in different ways, ways in which the individual will have fewer opportunities for successful interaction with the environment. This will affect the individual’s style of living. This lack of contact will manifest itself in through five channels; introjection, projection, retroflection, deflection and

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