Dr. Nancy Amendt-Lyon

Gestalt therapy & Supervision

What is Gestalt therapy?

Contemporary Gestalt therapy explores the diversity of human beings and their uniqueness within the context of their relationships and social environment. Gestalt therapists therefore attempt to understand their clients’ problems and symptoms as part of their involvement in difficult situations. This enables us as professionals to support our clients as they deal with their daily lives and problems at the workplace.

Gestalt therapy promotes personal change and development and stimulates creative processes that generate new ways of coming to terms with old problems. Together, therapist and client explore all facets of human experience and conflict: thoughts, feelings, attitudes and habits, body posture and movement, gestures and facial expressions. We strive to understand persistent, unsatisfactory ways of relating to others, and we experiment with new forms of communicating and responding. In Gestalt therapy, we are not limited to the spoken word. In order to understand disturbing situations, therapist and client may engage in role-playing, re-enactment of conflicts, or the use of artistic materials.

 

Gestalt is a German word that means “a meaningfully organized whole.” This points to the concept underlying Gestalt therapy, namely, that it reflects the unique interplay of the cognitive, emotional, and physical experiences that comprise each human being.

 

Gestalt therapists enable their clients to speak about issues that are too hard to broach with partners, family or colleagues at work. The therapeutic setting is confidential and provides a safe environment. Gestalt therapy is conducted in private practice and in all clinical settings, with individuals, couples, and in groups.

 

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