Gestalt Therapy

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Whatdoes it take to be a competent Gestalt therapist? How do you thinkthe therapeutic relationship in this approach differs from that ofother therapies we have studied so far?

Acompetent therapist must have the capabilities of helping the clientsattain great awareness. Such may include understanding theenvironment and oneself. According to Corey (2015), they should alsohave special techniques to induce the clients to increase theirself-direction instead of focusing on their present goals. Thetherapist should possess skills of understanding the body language ofthe client so as to comprehend the feelings that the patient is lessaware of. Besides, the professional should differentiate between thelanguage pattern and the client’s personality. Effective counselorsshould also pick out phrases uttered by the clients and then developsomething useful. For instance, there are people who would useelusive language yet issue some significant clues to a certain talethat describes their life struggles. They should be in a position toassist the affected persons to present their stories in acomprehensive way.

Thiskind of therapy differs from others since it is a patient-centeredand involves physical contact, unlike others where the clients haveto use machines or the internet to interact with their therapists.Corey (2015) states that the relationship between the parties isstrong since the counselors have to be responsible and show the valueof their presence. It is also special because the professionalsallow individuals to retain their identity and avoid getting lost inthe therapeutic process.

Whatdo you feel the significance of the “here and now” is in GestaltTherapy, and what role does it play in the achievement of therapeuticgoals?

Accordingto Corey (2015), ‘Here and now’ is significant because it assiststhe client to appreciate the current situation. Focusing on thefuture as well as the past by an individual is discouraged by thetherapists since it distracts the patient from coming to terms withthe current situations. “Here and now” helps individuals redirectenergy from what was and what might have been or having a fantasyconcerning their future and pay adequate attention to presentoccurrences. It also helps an individual eliminate all thepreconceived ideas, interpretations or assumptions regarding pastlife.

Whatis “unfinished business” and what role does it play in GestaltTherapy?

Whenissues emerge in the back of an individual’s mind and are notresolved or completed then, they become “unfinished business”(Corey, 2015). They are mostly portrayed in unexpressed feelings likehatred, pain, and anxiety. In Gestalt therapy, it creates needlessemotional debris which clutters the contemporary-centered awareness.The unfinished business creates an urge in an individual that he orshe should have completed given tasks. When the thoughts becomeoverwhelming, the client is beset with wariness, compulsive andself-defeating behavior.

Whatdo you find most appealing about ?

Themost appealing aspect regarding the therapy according to Corey (2015)is that the approach is effective and useful especially toindividuals with diverse backgrounds since it takes the contexts of aperson into account. The therapy is also preferred since it can betailored to rhyme unique ways in which a client interprets andperceives his or her culture. Gestalt is also helpful since it makesindividuals integrate the polarities within themselves.

Someof the shortcomings of the therapy are that various individuals wouldfeel that expressing their feelings in an open manner is a sign ofweakness as well as demonstrations of one’s vulnerability (Corey,2015). Due to such notions, various persons become reluctant toparticipate in gestalt therapies and may prematurely terminate thecounseling process. Another challenge is the presence of stiffcultural injunctions. Some traditions limit individuals fromexpressing their feelings to other people. A good example is in Indiawhere people are prohibited from showing feelings of anger or hatredto other people.


Corey,G. (2015). Theoryand practice of counseling and psychotherapy.Ontario: Nelson Education.

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