Therapy is a process, which requires time. Often the process also requires that painful issues are faced and dealt with. Insights occur when the time is right; the change process and personal development cannot be made faster by force. Therapy can also be seen as a way to look after oneself and to improve emotional well-being. Anyone who wants to improve self-knowledge and awareness as well as address problems in their relationships can benefit from Gestalt therapy. Therapy at its best is an empowering experience.
Often a therapist is consulted when a problem or a crisis occurs and the resources and tools of the individual or the couple to deal with the situation are not enough. Therapy is based on the contact and interaction between the client and the therapist. Metaphorically speaking, the therapist can hold a mirror before the client and thus help them to become aware of their typical thinking and operating patterns. The focus is on the person as he or she is now, not what he or she should be. When I allow myself to be and accept what is I also make room for change to happen (the paradoxical theory of change).
The key concepts in Gestalt therapy are awareness, contact, here and now and responsibility. Gestalt therapy, which originated in the era after the Second World War, has many roots such as Gestalt psychology, existentialism, psychoanalysis and Eastern philosophies (Tao, Zen). The influence of Eastern philosophies manifests in the significance of the now: I only have this moment where I can make choices. Growing awareness inspires me to ask new kind of questions: How am I in my body? What am I aware of in myself? How is my contact with you and the environment? What happens in contact with another person and the environment? Increased awareness leads to insights: this is what I am responsible for, these are the choices that I have made in my life. With growing awareness I can make new choices that support me to become the person who I really am, instead of who “I should be”.
The Gestalt approach can be used for individual, couple and group therapy as well as for supervision. You are welcome to Essential Therapy to discuss for example the following situations and themes in your life: the need for growing self-awareness, crises, loneliness, major transitions in life, and the expatriate experience: moving and living abroad.
50 minutes/session in individual therapy, 80 euros
70 minutes/session in couple therapy, 120 euros
90 minutes/session in couple therapy, 120 euros
Fees for groups and supervision: to be negotiated.
Cancellations: You can cancel an appointment by 12 noon the previous working day without charge. For cancellations made later than that or for no show appointments the regular fee will be charged. Please note that appointments on a Monday should be cancelled by 3 pm the previous Friday.