Gestalt therapy, developed by Fritz Perls, Laura Perls, and Paul Goodman in the 1940s, is an experiential and humanistic form of therapy that was originally designed as an alternative to conventional psychoanalysis.
Gestalt therapists and their clients use creative and experiential techniques to enhance awareness, freedom, and self-direction. At the core of gestalt therapy is the holistic view that people are intricately linked to and influenced by their environments and that all people strive for growth and balance.
Gestalt therapy is similar to person-centered therapy in this way, as well as in its emphasis on the therapist’s use of empathy, understanding, and unconditional acceptance of the client to enhance therapeutic outcomes.
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