In Gestalt Therapy, the idea of health is rooted in the concept of contact. When the human begin is in true and fluid contact with self, other and the environment, health and the fullness of human potential becomes possible. Yet, for many reasons both simple and complex, we often close ourselves off from such contact, withdrawing from the experience of our own being, the flow of experience between ourselves and other, and the wider experience of the world around us. We flee from our power and true capability.
The purpose of Gestalt therapy is to assist the client in restoring, or perhaps realizing for the first time, her own natural ability to self-regulate as a unique being and experience successful and fulfilling contact with others as well as with disavowed or heretofore unknown aspects of oneself . When we are in healthy contact with these, we are more able to creatively cope, assess and address the events of our lives and to pursue goals which seem both desirable and beneficial. Through awareness of, and experimentation with, the physical experience of our bodies, our emotional responses and desires, and rational awareness, our ability to more fully live our lives, particularly how we choose to engage with others and with our own complex self is enhanced.
In this process, the core question becomes how we are creating our lives in a particular manner rather than why we came to be as we are. Recognition and acceptance are the keys to change as opposed to coercion and force.
You have more power than you realize. Through conscious contact with such power you may become a force to be reckoned with.
Bryan Dieterich, MA, LPC