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Gestalt Therapy is a psychotherapy, based on the experiential ideal of "here and now", and relationships with others and the world, and was co-founded by Fritz Perls, Laura Perls and Paul Goodman in the 1940s-1950s. It is related to but not identical to Gestalt psychology and the Gestalt psychology based Gestalt Theoretical Psychotherapy of Hans-Juergen Walter.
Based initially on the insights of Gestalt Psychology and traditional Psychotherapy, Gestalt Therapy has developed as a psycho-therapeutic model, with a developed theory that combines phenomenological, existential, dialogical, and field approaches to the process of transformation and growth, of human beings.
At the centre of Gestalt Therapy lies the promotion of "awareness". The patient is encouraged to become aware of their own feelings and behaviours, and the patient's effect upon their environment. The way in which a patient interupts or seeks to avoid contact with their environment is considered to be a substantive factor when recovering from psychological disturbances . By focusing on the patient's awareness of themselves as part of reality, new insights can be made into the patient's behaviour, and the patient can engage in self-healing
Moral injunctions of Gestalt Therapy
- Live now, be concerned with present, not the past or future.
- Live here, deal with what is present rather than absent.
- Stop imagining, experience reality.
- Stop unnecessary thinking.
- Express rather than manipulate, explain, justify, or judge.
- Give in to unpleasantness and pain just as pleasure, do not restrict awareness.
- Accept no "should" or "ought" other than own.
- Take full responsibility for your own actions, feelings and thoughts.
- Surrender to being as you are.
- "Gestalt" and Perception.
- The Experience Cycle
- Contact Boundary Phenomena
- Field Theory
Manchester Gestalt Centre Has many articles on Gestalt Therapy written by John B Harris and Peter Phillipson, Manchester Gestalt Centre, UK. Go to 'online articles'.
The Gestalt Therapy Page sponsored by The Gestalt Journal Press. Selected articles:
The Gestalt Directory of practitioners and places to get training, a project of The Center for Gestalt Development, Inc. Last updated 1/1/96.
The Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy
Gestalt! is an electronic journal with full-text articles, interviews, and information about Gestalt therapy, theory, practice, and practitioners.
The Gestalt Archive of the international Society for Gestalt Theory and Its Applications makes available "Gestalt theoretical / Gestalt psychological articles online in full text."
Gestalt Institute of Toronto
Istituto di Gestalt
Gestalt Therapy Institute of Cologne, Germany
Gestalt Therapy discussion at Behavior OnLine
International Society for Gestalt Theory and Its Applications (GTA)
Big Sur Tapes, audio recordings of Fritz and Laura Perls, James Simkin, etc.
Association for Humanistic Psychology
Brisbane Gestalt Institute
Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy (AAGT)
Achim Votsmeier-Röhr's English version of his (German) website about Gestalt Therapy
GANZ Gestalt Australia & New Zealand GANZ Community Newsletter - a quarterly hard copy publication
 The New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy, founded by Fritz and Laura Perls, 1952
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