Contemporary Gestalt therapy has evolved to be a science, since the foundations for this approach were presented in ‘Gestalt Therapy: Excitement and Growth in the Human Personality’, written by Perls, Hefferline and Goodman and published in 1951.
Gestalt therapy is a psychotherapeutic modality with a client-centred, humanistic approach, in which the therapist helps clients to focus on their here & now experience, even if/when talking about the past. The therapist invites the client to identify sensations, feelings, emotions, thoughts or images that emerge as a consequence of attending to somatic experiences. S/he does not focus on the client in isolation but considers the person-environment field as a whole. The therapist-client relationship also created and provides ground for direct, novel experiences of challenge and growth. Gestalt therapy is a way of understanding and describing human experience, which enables and supports heightened awareness of creative possibilities.
Due to its present centred and process-oriented approach, there are many fields of application:
individual- and organisational development; psychotherapy, clinical psychology and psychiatry; consulting, coaching and teaching; arts, education, business and industry; social and political activism.
We would be delighted to welcome to our Conference anyone involved in one or more of the above mentioned professional fields.