"Self-actualization is possible only as a side-effect of self-transcendence"
Gestalt therapy is a form of psychotherapy, based on the experiential ideal of "here and now”, awareness, self-responsibility and the individual's relationships with others and the world. Based on the basic ideas of humanistic psychology, the school of Gestalt therapy was co-founded by Fritz Perls, Laura Perls Ralph Hefferline and Paul Goodman in the 1940s-1950s.
Gestalt therapy is a holistic, process-oriented, dialogical, phenomenological, existential, and field theoretical approach to human change with the centrality of contact, awareness, and personal responsiveness and responsibility. In other words, is a style of therapy that focuses on the individual as whole, and the goal is to guide client’s into taking a deeper look of themselves beyond the surface of cognition. Through making deeper contact with their true-self, and the way it express in their relationships with others and the environment. Especial emphasis is given to the uniqueness of the individual. The person is never reduced to parts and structural entities but viewed as an integrated whole with innate potential of growth and mature self-expression
Gestalt therapy's view of human nature is grounded in four major concepts: biological field theory, the entity of the organism, the need for contact and relationship, and the capacity for making wholes. Therefore the basic idea is that as humans we tend to moved towards balance and health, and along the way this nature ability might be disrupted. The goal of therapy is to help client’s re-own their full potential and regain their ability to self-regulate.
Gestalt therapy is a sound science and a powerful means for facilitating and nurturing the full functioning of the human person with the potential of bringing about human healing, growth, and wholeness.
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