Gestalt therapy is a humanistic approach to psychotherapy that helps clients focus on the present moment. To understand what is happening in their lives right now, instead of what they perceive is happening, based on past experiences. Instead of merely talking about past situations, clients are encouraged to experience them, perhaps through re-enactment. Through the gestalt process, clients learn to become more aware of how their negative thought patterns and behaviors block accurate self-awareness and make them unhappy.
At the core of Gestalt therapy is the "Paradoxical Theory of Change." "Change occurs when one becomes what he is, not when he tries to become what he is not. Change does not take place through a coercive attempt by the individual or by another person to change him, but it does take place if one takes the time and effort to be what he is -- to be fully invested in his current positions. By rejecting the role of change agent, we make meaningful and orderly change possible."
"The Gestalt therapist rejects the role of "changer," for his strategy is to encourage, even insist, that the patient be where and what he is."
-Arnold Beisser, M.D.
Complete Article: https://www.gestalt.org/arnie.htm
Simply put, what you want to be changed in your life will come about by becoming who you ARE and not by someone else's efforts. My role as your therapist is to guide you through the process of change, not to change you.
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