Gestalt therapy is an experiential, rather than interpretive psychotherapy. In Gestalt work, attention is given to what is happening for the client, moment to moment, while they are present in the session. Gestalt has as its foundation the understanding that what is experienced is more powerful and more relevant than interpretation of sensations, actions, and beliefs. The goals of Gestalt therapy are two-fold: to provide relief from suffering, and to create growth and excitement.
These goals are met by creating awareness around the client‘s current mind, body, and emotional experiences. Each of us live with a complex matrix of ideas, feelings, needs, and desires. Some of these fail to support us in the present. Gestalt therapy gives emphasis to these areas of "unfinished business" in order to free up the client"s energy for living here and now.
We are as we are, whether out in the world, or in the safe container of a therapy session. In Gestalt therapy, the client is offered the opportunity to enter into a vividly honest relationship with the therapist. Gestalt therapy uses this relationship as an important tool for growth and healing.