Gestalt Therapy

What is Gestalt therapy?

Gestalt psychotherapy is part of the humanistic stream in psychology (a holistic vision of psychology, that focus on leading a meaningful human life) and part of what is called “positive psychology” (that focuses on the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive, as opposed to the more classic approaches in psychology that concentrate on the pathologies of a person).

As part of the humanistic stream, I refer to the people who come to me as “clients” and not as “patients” because they are not sick and I’m not a doctor.

From that very approach derives a more equal view of what is taking place in the session’s room: a “mini-laboratory”, a meeting between two people, where I, the therapist, have more experience in looking into and living the emotional aspects of life, and I have professional knowledge and a different perspective to help the people who are seeking for help. The client has more knowledge of who he or she is and what is happening on “the inside”, in terms of thoughts and feelings and “outside”, in their daily life.

Find your Path. Photo by Dalla

This is a “team-work”, where clients are sharing with me what is happening in their life, both on the outside and on the inside, i.e., emotions and thoughts, and together we look at different possible angles, interpretations and the way to reconcile the different forces in the client’s life.

The client is taking a journey towards themselves and I am there to accompany and offer a helping hand.

My main objective in therapy is to help my clients recognize the good, healthy, capable and strong qualities that they carry within.

The word “Gestalt” comes from German and has 2 different main meanings:


We all have patterns within us. This helps our brain to work in a more efficient way. The problem is when these patterns, which can be intellectual (like stereotypes; Labeling; fixed conceptions; self-perception), emotional (the tendency to experience and express certain emotion much more than the rest of them, almost like feeling “more comfortable” with this specific emotion) or behavioral (being rigid or flexible; always falling in love with the same type of person; collecting things).

Some patterns can be constructive and helpful (for instance, when waking up in the morning, I do a series of actions, always in the same order, during the 1st hour, until my brain “wakes up”) but some may no longer serve us, and can even be destructive.

example for Gestalt: A unified whole

Gestalt: A unified whole by dgans

A unified whole

More precisely, the idea of a unified whole that is greater than the simple summation of its parts.

This notion, applied on humans is the idea that we all have many aspects, facets, traits in us and the only right way to view ourselves – and live – is unifying all these parts in a well-balanced manner.

For example, in the current western society we tend to give special attention to our intellectual part on the expense of our emotional part. “Thinking” is the most important word, whereas “feeling” – far less important. But a mentally healthy person knows how to experience all aspects within one, not leaving behind or discarding any of them.

The underlining theme is empowering the client, help them discover which internal resources they consist of and make them feel capable to face and deal with anything that happens in their life. My job is to provide the right tools so that people will learn how to live rich and meaningful lives of self-actualization, where there is good balance of affective, social and professional relationships.

Who can benefit?

Gestalt psychotherapy is designed for “normal” people who feel unsatisfied with their life, whether because they have low self-esteem or because they feel that they live a reduced version of what could be a full life.

  • People who find it hard to participate in satisfying relationships with friends and/or romantic partners
  • People who feel insecure, unable to face the world and people who feel inadequate, “strange” or “different”. People who feel they have to pretend to be who they’re not, aim for what they don’t want, have things they’re not interested in, just to fit in, or in order to be loved
  • People who feel contemporary life style is asphyxiating and threatening and that they’re too weak or incapable to deal with it
  • People who don’t live their life, just breathe (and very shallowly), who “go through the motions” but don’t feel anything anymore
  • People who try to fill up the hole in their lives with food, drugs, sex, shopping – but to no avail.


The first session lasts 1.5 hours for you to experience Gestalt therapy firsthand. This gives you the opportunity to see if we have a good chemistry to work together and can help you decide if this is a good fit for you.
Please contact me to arrange a session by email: or call mobile 690 349 589

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