“Gestalt” comes from the German verb “gestalten” which means “to shape”, “to emerge”.
Gestalt therapy, born in the fifties in the United States, arrived in Europe in the 70s and is part of the psychotherapies of the Humanist current. Gestalt considers the Human being in a continuous interaction with others within their environment.
Gestalt therapy incorporates a global vision of oneself to better understand how we function. During consultations, bodily, emotional and sensory dimensions are mobilized.
Instead of focusing on the “Why?” of the situation, in Gestalt will focus on “How? ” which will mobilize change in order to move towards solutions for the patient.
Gestalt thus promotes authenticity of contact with others and is focused on the adjustments that the patient could operate within their environment in order to help them to change any repetitive behaviors that are not helping.
If you would like more information on Gestalt Therapy: http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/gestalt-therapy.html