Gestalt therapy is about self-discovery and self-growth - a process in which we feel and become more 'whole'. When we truly know ourselves, and there is a healthy relationship between mind, body and spirit, we can exist happily in the world. We can also free ourselves from distressing patterns of thought and behaviour.
Gestalt is a phenomenological-existential form of therapy. Its focus is the present moment, and how the past influences how we act and feel, our joys and sorrows, in the here and now. It is based on the assumption that mental suffering derives from psychological blocks and resistances that we have disowned or suppressed. In therapy we gain self-knowledge. We begin to find a balance between our psychological needs and the limits imposed by our environment. We come to accept and understand the opposing forces within us - our 'light' and 'dark' poles - and to feel more whole. Once we have achieved balance, we are ready to cope with life's challenges on our own again.