Gestalt Therapy : Theory Summary Essay

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Gestalt Therapy: Theory Summary: The major focus of Gestalt therapy is for the client to become aware of how past behaviors that were once creative adjustments may be interfering with life in the present time (Corey, 2013, p. 236). This approach also believes that change occurs with a heightened sense of “what is” (Corey, 2013, p. 236). Therapists in this approach believe that self-regulation is natural and does not need control. They follow along with the process however it occurs and works with the client in becoming more aware in order to integrate all aspects of their life. By being able to identify aspects of themselves that were previously dismissed and reunify themselves as a whole the client is able to become more aware of both the external and internal world they are living in. With this awareness, the clients is able to make informed choices and thus live in a more meaningful existence (Corey, 2013, p. 214). This awareness is also phenomenological which is focused on the present moment. A major standing point for Gestalt therapy is the focus on the “now”. Addressing the present moment leads with “what” and “how” questions rather than “why” because it brings the client and their emotions to the current moment and not to look to the past or future for explanation. This theory also puts focus on unfinished business. Unfinished business may lead to feelings that cause clutter in the present awareness and will interfere with effective contact with oneself and others…

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