the whole is something else than the sum of its parts”
Gestalt Therapy, otherwise known as clinical phenomenology, developed as a relational therapy that applies aspects of Gestalt Theory to therapeutic relationships. It supports staying present to the holistic process arising both with oneself and the other. Gestalt is based in the senses, the immediate phenomena that we notice in our bodies and minds that connect us to the world and to each other. It looks at human development as a series of domains of intersubjective experience that build upon each other and continue to emerge throughout our entire lives. Gestalt emphasizes human to human experience as essential to growth and livelihood. It looks at life as a series of cycles (or gestalts) wherein we make contact through sensation, awareness, impulse and receptivity. This model can be helpful in completing interrupted processes, feelings, impulses and desires. The Gestalt practitioner supports awareness of creative adjustments we've made as adaptations to developmental and present environments. Gestalt considers the ways in which we co-create particular contact styles with ourselves and others in the present moment, and offers playful interventions to support agency, choice and deepening ground.