Gestalt therapy focuses on the relationship between the client and the therapist. The Gestalt therapist works together with the client using what is happening between them in the here and now rather than what is being talked about. The emphasis is on what is being thought and felt at the present rather than what was, could or should be.
The way the client relates and communicates with the therapist is brought into the client’s awareness and looked at as a tool to understand how the person relates to the people in their life.
In Gestalt the person along with the therapist will work towards gaining awareness.
How do I do what I do, when do I do it, and how do I feel?
There is no right or wrong, as long as one is aware of what is happening and feels empowered to change it should they wish to. An emotion is something experienced in one’s body in the here and now and later translated into feeling. The Gestalt therapist therefore encourages the client to pay attention to their body and take it seriously.
The therapist is not all knowing. In Gestalt the therapist is part of the process and uses their own experience during the sessions to help the client. In Gestalt “niks moet and alles mag”, nothing is obligatory and everything is accepted.
The client and the therapist build a strong, healing and trusting relationship that will empower the client to make their own choices and experience a “safe freedom”.