Young & Lester: Gestalt Therapy Approaches to Crisis Intervention with Suicidal Patients

This article explains the use of Gestalt Therapy for crisis intervention with patients who are suicidal. The article by Young & Lester (2001) , provides for good information on the topic. I shall list the following points presented by the authors. Gestalt therapy is an ideal method for dealing with crisis situations. This is because … Continue reading “Young & Lester: Gestalt Therapy Approaches to Crisis Intervention with Suicidal Patients”

Resnick: Gestalt Therapy Principles in Today’s Context

What is gestalt therapy? Resnick explains gestalt therapy principles in just 30 minutes with this video. Is Gestalt therapy for you? Watch this.   “The relationship is not as important as the research shows but what happens in the relationship. When there is an interaction between therapist and client.” This is the best video resource … Continue reading “Resnick: Gestalt Therapy Principles in Today’s Context”

Gestalt Therapy is about Action and not Simply Talk

If the process of psychoanalysis, as defined by Freud’s Anna O., defined as a “talking cure” (Breuer & Freud, 1893/2009), what about Gestalt therapy? The curative process of Gestalt therapy is action. Polster and Polster (1974, p.233-284) devote a an entire chapter on their book to the concept of “experimentation” as a therapeutic process. During … Continue reading “Gestalt Therapy is about Action and not Simply Talk”

Levels of Gestalt Therapy Treatment Methods

A client who has just started therapy will experience different kind of session as a client who has been with the therapist for a longer period of time. Similarly, clients who experience psychosis would benefit from different style of therapy than clients who have issues based on neurosis. Then there are clients who seek therapy … Continue reading “Levels of Gestalt Therapy Treatment Methods”

Integrating Kernberg’s Model of Personality Organization with Gestalt Therapy

Kernberg’s model of personality organization provides us with a helpful visual of how differently experienced psychological symptoms relate with each other. Symptoms of personality disorder are very individual and unique each client. The “severity” of the symptom is phenomena “felt” by other people in the community and the therapist. It is therefore more accurate to … Continue reading “Integrating Kernberg’s Model of Personality Organization with Gestalt Therapy”

Gestalt Therapy: Paradoxical Theory of Change

We go through life adjusting to situations that we encounter. In some situations we end up using repeating patterns of behaviors and thought processes, which may or may not suit the situation at hand. When our reactions to situations are incongruent to the situations, it is dysfunctional. Dysfunctional reaction leads to problems in relations, stress … Continue reading “Gestalt Therapy: Paradoxical Theory of Change”

Gestalt Therapy Case-Study: From procrastination to recalling a story in a novel

Written by: Nicole Chew-Helbig on 15 June 2017 in Vienna, Austria. Abstract This case study is an abstract from a therapeutic work. It is a demonstration how a recall of the client’s favorite novel as a teenager develops into a psychotherapeutic session that is meaningful to the clients identification of himself. This is a technique … Continue reading “Gestalt Therapy Case-Study: From procrastination to recalling a story in a novel”

Fritz Perls: Working with Dreams in Gestalt Therapy

Dreams. What are they? For those of us who know already, dreams are the windows to our unconscious. To fall asleep and dream is to let go of our outer world. In doing so, the life of our inner world takes shape. Since our innermost consciousness is in sleep separate from our senses that communicate … Continue reading “Fritz Perls: Working with Dreams in Gestalt Therapy”

Analyzing a Gestalt Psychotherapy Session Using the Helbig Method of Dialogue Analysis (HELDA)

Abstract How can we visualize the evolving psychotherapeutic alliance in dialogue? The psychotherapeutic dialogue is an important source of data for psychotherapy outcome and process research. Micro-analyses of dialogical turns within the therapeutic session support the understanding of the therapeutic method. This paper introduces the Helbig Method of Dialogue Analysis. This method is founded upon … Continue reading “Analyzing a Gestalt Psychotherapy Session Using the Helbig Method of Dialogue Analysis (HELDA)”