Gestalt Therapy Barcelona

Gestalt therapy Barcelona

Gestalt principles:

. Live in the now, mind the present more than the past or the future.
. Live here, dealing with what is present rather than with the absent.
. Stop imagining, experience what is real.
. Abandon the unnecessary thoughts, feel and observe.
. Express rather than manipulate, explain, justify or judge.
. Surrender to displeasure as much as to pleasure; do not restrict your awareness.
. Do not accept any “should” than your own.
. Take responsibility for your own actions, feelings and thoughts.
. Accept to be who you are.


Gestalt therapy helps you to:

– Contact your own needs
– Managing emotions in a healthy way
– Freedom from conditioning and listening to authentic self
– Recover your own self-support resources
– Increased self-esteem and greater self confidence
– Acceptance and overcoming grief, emotional wounds and suffering
– Become aware of how you live your life and take responsibility for it

For Gestalt, as for all humanist therapies, man is healthy by nature, tends to its completion and has the resources to develop his life optimally. The body always works to respond to all needs, both physiological and psychological. Thus, it is necessary to harmonize oneself with the source of inner wisdom. Gestalt takes into account the whole person and the work is focused on addressing the internal contradictions and become aware of the three centers: body/instincts, emotional and mental, and seeing if they work in the same direction.

Gestalt therapy promotes the integration of everything that we are, allowing us to rediscover and strengthen our own capacities and self-support resources to overcome situations of fear, crisis, anxiety, isolation, phobias, depression, relationship problems, grief, etc. .. By taking into account the whole organism, the learning is deeper, and this allows us to feel more grounded and in touch with our resources.

It also promotes:

– Awareness here and now -Only when we realize how we do things, we have an option to change them. In gestalt we are invited to bring to the present the experiences we daily live, becoming aware of our share.

-Trust in the intrinsic wisdom of the organism -Our body self-regulates and responds the best to a changing environment. To restore confidence in our intrinsic wisdom, free expression of everything that is natural is encouraged.

-Responsibility – It is encouraged to be actively responsible for all attitudes that we perform, learning to become aware of them in order to experience new ones.

-The connection -We are interdependent beings and the satisfaction of our own needs involves managing contact with others.


How does it work?

During the therapeutic process the person is co-responsible for the process, and has to be particularly active and able to discover and achieve his goals through his/her own efforts. The river flows by itself, when one allows it.

To achieve learning through experience during the session are favored expressive techniques, theater, etc. .., obtaining a therapeutic experience that caters to the mind, body and emotions, as key factors to connect with oneself here and now. To live is to express and to feel, and to connect with it, a sign of health and aliveness.

The therapist does not interpret or condition: he/she simply accompanies and uses him/herself adding her own experience. Heed the behavior, not explanations. It has a direct and active style and promotes the awareness, avoiding speculative questions, here and now instead of there and then.

Sessions are individual and last one hour, the duration of treatment is agreed according to the needs of each person.

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Frame of Gestalt in Psychology

Gestalt therapy was developed and created around 1950 by german psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Fritz Perls, who absorbed knowlege from the two major sources of the moment: psychoanalysis and german Gestalt psychology and phenomenological and existentialist thought, body work, by W. Reich and A. Lowen, and expressive techniques and psychodrama, by J. Moreno.

Gestalt is included in humanist therapies, which were the third great current that emerged after the initial psychological movements: behavioral and psychoanalysis (both focused on the mental work of the individual, a materialistic and rationalistic approach). Humanism expanded the spectrum, taking into account the totality of the human being, which includes physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and social aspects.

Fritz Perls became interested in body work (bioenergetics, body awareness, etc. ..) that showed how the body reflects and shapes the character structure, creating various armor and muscular structures, developing ways to release them through expression.

Finally, Perls integrated spirituality in therapy (the soul or generative principle that moves the individual to make his life one way and not another), delving into Zen meditation and concluding that meditative awareness is the deepest self-support. From this point of view, the mere fact of paying attention to what happens within us, to consciousness, is a spiritual act that spiritual traditions such as Christianity, Buddhism, Sufism and Taoism have been commissioned to encourage in individuals for thousands of years.

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