There are as many approaches to psychotherapy as there are therapists. While it can be overwhelming to choose from among them, finding a therapist with an approach that fits your needs is incredibly important to the healing process.
I work with an eclectic approach, but draw primarily from the training I have received in Gestalt psychotherapy, developed by Fritz Perls. Gestalt means, “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.” Gestalt, as applied to psychotherapy, takes a holistic view of an individual, with the notion that we are comprised of an infinite number of parts that we work to integrate into our conscious selves.
We already possess all that we need to be happy; therapy is one medium for helping us recover these healing, nurturing and accepting parts of ourselves. By cultivating awareness of our patterns in the present moment, we learn more deeply about ourselves. We get to know our patterns and the things we often do to break or avoid contact and intimacy. We explore the things we do that take us out of the present moment. Through awareness we are able to foster change and re-connect our minds, bodies, and beyond to feel whole and happy, as when we came into the world.