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Gestalt Therapy Sydney

Do you feel like you are never in the present moment? Unable to make sense or your emotions, connect with your body? Always stuck in the past or future?

How can it help?

Gestalt Therapy is an approach to psychotherapy that helps you focus on the present and understand what is happening in your life and how it makes you feel in the moment rather than what you may assume to be happening based on past experiences.

Gestalt Therapy is based on the principle that to alleviate unresolved negative feelings like anger, pain, anxiety, and resentment, those emotions cannot just be discussed, but must be actively expressed in the present. Without that, psychological and physical symptoms can arise.

The Gestalt philosophy rejects the notion that any one particular trait, episode, or diagnosis could define a person. Instead, your total self must be explored, discovered, and confronted. As you encounter and gain awareness of other parts of yourself, you can take greater responsibility for yourself and hopefully gain a greater sense of what you can do for yourself and others.

What to expect?

A Gestalt therapist focuses on what is happening in the moment and finding solutions in the present. For example, rather than discussing why something happened to you in the past, the therapist might encourage you to re-enact the moment and discuss how it feels right now. In other words, experience those feelings rather than just talking about them. The therapist may ask questions like, "What's going on in this moment?" or "How does this make you feel now?"

A Gestalt therapist may encourage you to try dream work, guided fantasy, role-playing, and other techniques to help bring past and current struggles to life in the therapeutic setting. As clients become more aware of themselves and their senses, they can begin to move past blame and take more responsibility for themselves, accept the consequences of their behaviour, and learn to satisfy their own needs while still respecting the needs of others.

EXERCISE Chairwork (15-20mins)

  1. Sitting in a calm, safe space, place an empty chair a short distance away from you.

  2. Take some time to ground yourself in the moment.

  3. Imagine a part of yourself or someone you have recently disagreed with. Now slowly begin a dialogue between yourself and the other or self in the room. Take time getting to know / understand what you or they wanted when the disagreement / experience occurred. Is there something you would like to say to the other?

  4. At the end, thank the other or part for being open to sharing and spend some time now focusing on self and what you have learned about self.

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