What is Gestalt?

The word Gestalt comes from German and can be translated as Shape, Form or Pattern. In our life we tend to act according to certain patterns depending on the circumstances we are in. This helps us build reliable and simple ways to act in the world.

The surroundings, the circumstances and our relations change all through our life. However, sometimes we keep on behaving and acting based on the old patterns just because we are used to them.

Life is a process and change is an implicit part of our lives – the ability to manage and cope with the many changes is fundamental both for our physical as well as psychological health. Coping with a changing life situation means making decisions – and to be able to make your decisions in the new situation – you need to have/build/develop awareness about your own needs and how you would like to live your life.

Gestalt conversation session helps you develop awareness and act in the “here and now” according to the relations and the circumstances which are relevant and present for you now – and not just to act in a certain way because of automated patterns.

The method used in Gestalt is a phenomenological working method which means that the Gestalt practitioner and the client engage in an aware and open contact taking it’s starting point in the present moment.

The theoretical frame for Gestalt Therapy is existentialism which means that we all have some fundamental conditions which we need to deal with. Our life is our responsibility and we have to make choices which affect us as well as others. Sometimes we need help to discover, acknowledge and deal with these conditions.

One never steps in the same river twice
— Unknown