Gestalt Therapists in Northeast Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

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Silver Lake Psychology
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Northeast Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90039
We offer: Mindfulness-based interventions, Gestalt therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Jungian and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Post-Modern.
Learn how to feel more connected to yourself, others and the world around you. Therapy provides all the elements of intimacy: honest communication, vulnerability and trust. Good therapy is challenging yet warm, providing both structure and empathy for your unique experience. We are a collective of east side therapists at Silver Lake Psychology with a wide range of specialties. Our intake professionals will help connect you with the right therapist for your needs. We make appointments easy, offering evenings and weekends and flexibility for creative professionals who can't make the same time each week.
We offer: Mindfulness-based interventions, Gestalt therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Jungian and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Post-Modern.
Learn how to feel more connected to yourself, others and the world around you. Therapy provides all the elements of intimacy: honest communication, vulnerability and trust. Good therapy is challenging yet warm, providing both structure and empathy for your unique experience. We are a collective of east side therapists at Silver Lake Psychology with a wide range of specialties. Our intake professionals will help connect you with the right therapist for your needs. We make appointments easy, offering evenings and weekends and flexibility for creative professionals who can't make the same time each week.
(310) 341-0323 View (310) 341-0323
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Jaclyn Lieber
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, AMFT
Verified
Northeast Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90041
I pull from a variety of modalities, including relational Gestalt therapy, mindful self-compassion, family systems, and attachment theory.
My work is informed by the idea that in order to change, we must first cultivate self-acceptance. I believe that we all possess an inner strength and resilience that, with support and increased self-awareness, can empower us to live authentic, fulfilling, and meaningful lives.
I pull from a variety of modalities, including relational Gestalt therapy, mindful self-compassion, family systems, and attachment theory.
My work is informed by the idea that in order to change, we must first cultivate self-acceptance. I believe that we all possess an inner strength and resilience that, with support and increased self-awareness, can empower us to live authentic, fulfilling, and meaningful lives.
(310) 861-4579 View (310) 861-4579
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Carolyn Taylor
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA, PhD
Verified
Northeast Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90039
Waitlist for new clients
Integrating Narrative, Gestalt, CogB, Psychodynamic, and Trauma therapies, my role becomes helping you hear yourself, rediscover your truths, and expand your choices on your path to greater fulfillment and serenity.
Finding grace and serenity and balance in life is no easy task - even with the foundation of a supportive, liberating childhood; miraculously healthy personal boundaries; and true friends, colleagues, mentors, and lovers. Self-sabotage, self-doubt, seemingly mistaken paths: we're all vulnerable. We find ourselves yearning for an elusive guidebook - to rewrite our lifestory or escape from sometimes paralyzing anguish. All the more so if an overlay of fresh or longstanding trauma (heartbreak, grief, abuse, crises of health, home, or employment) overwhelms and destabilizes us or undermines our ability to trust, to forgive our missteps, even to breathe deep.
Integrating Narrative, Gestalt, CogB, Psychodynamic, and Trauma therapies, my role becomes helping you hear yourself, rediscover your truths, and expand your choices on your path to greater fulfillment and serenity.
Finding grace and serenity and balance in life is no easy task - even with the foundation of a supportive, liberating childhood; miraculously healthy personal boundaries; and true friends, colleagues, mentors, and lovers. Self-sabotage, self-doubt, seemingly mistaken paths: we're all vulnerable. We find ourselves yearning for an elusive guidebook - to rewrite our lifestory or escape from sometimes paralyzing anguish. All the more so if an overlay of fresh or longstanding trauma (heartbreak, grief, abuse, crises of health, home, or employment) overwhelms and destabilizes us or undermines our ability to trust, to forgive our missteps, even to breathe deep.
(541) 238-9298 View (541) 238-9298
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Mallory Leitner
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, RYT
Verified
5 Endorsed
Northeast Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90041
With a focus on relational therapy, I blend several Somatic and Talk based psychotherapies: EMDR, The Trauma Resiliency Model, Internal Family Systems, Gestalt Psychotherapy, and several, mindfulness based awareness techniques.
Is your past controlling you in the present in ways that aren't serving you? Our experiences shape the way we live, love and make sense of the world. When we are controlled by past traumatic experiences we lose the ability to "choose" how we want to respond to ourselves and others; instead becoming reactive. This affects how we feel physically and emotionally; which can make us feel depressed, anxious, a shameful. I help people become more mindful as they face the unknown, and begin to integrate new aspects of the self that supports wellbeing. Most people come to me for deep change, which takes time and hard work.
With a focus on relational therapy, I blend several Somatic and Talk based psychotherapies: EMDR, The Trauma Resiliency Model, Internal Family Systems, Gestalt Psychotherapy, and several, mindfulness based awareness techniques.
Is your past controlling you in the present in ways that aren't serving you? Our experiences shape the way we live, love and make sense of the world. When we are controlled by past traumatic experiences we lose the ability to "choose" how we want to respond to ourselves and others; instead becoming reactive. This affects how we feel physically and emotionally; which can make us feel depressed, anxious, a shameful. I help people become more mindful as they face the unknown, and begin to integrate new aspects of the self that supports wellbeing. Most people come to me for deep change, which takes time and hard work.
(838) 384-3317 View (838) 384-3317
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Oscar Valdez
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified
Northeast Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90041
I'm Oscar Valdez, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I work with individuals on issues like anxiety, depression, trauma and PTSD, life transitions, substance use, and spirituality. I use trauma-informed care, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), gestalt work, Motivational interviewing, and Client-centered work and I use the internal family systems model. I am a Unites States Marine Corps veteran and aim to follow a motto that I was taught leave it better than you found it. I aim to partner alongside my clients as a means to attain this goal.
I'm Oscar Valdez, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I work with individuals on issues like anxiety, depression, trauma and PTSD, life transitions, substance use, and spirituality. I use trauma-informed care, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), gestalt work, Motivational interviewing, and Client-centered work and I use the internal family systems model. I am a Unites States Marine Corps veteran and aim to follow a motto that I was taught leave it better than you found it. I aim to partner alongside my clients as a means to attain this goal.
(951) 366-1255 View (951) 366-1255
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Bo Gabriel
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
9 Endorsed
Northeast Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90039
My approach is relational, informed by Gestalt, psychodynamic, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) principles.
The therapeutic relationship allows for awareness, healing, and growth. Utilizing empathy, humor, and gentle confrontation, I offer a safe space for clients to cope with painful times, challenging relationships, and issues with self. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in anxiety, relationship, identity, artistic, and grief/loss issues.
My approach is relational, informed by Gestalt, psychodynamic, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) principles.
The therapeutic relationship allows for awareness, healing, and growth. Utilizing empathy, humor, and gentle confrontation, I offer a safe space for clients to cope with painful times, challenging relationships, and issues with self. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in anxiety, relationship, identity, artistic, and grief/loss issues.
(323) 458-5074 View (323) 458-5074
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Fabiola Saucedo
Pre-Licensed Professional, ACSW
Verified
Northeast Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90042
You want to experience stability and fulfillment in your intimate relationship that matches your steady and confident professional life. However, feeling safe enough to trust your partner or your own judgment has eluded you. It's confusing, difficult, and feels messy. You're in your late 20s to late 30s and aware of possible intergenerational patterns and trauma. You hope that with a right-fit therapist, you can work with your emotions embedded in cultural and contextual roots and take healthy steps that sometimes feel like "risks" but are aligned with the growth you want to see for yourself.
You want to experience stability and fulfillment in your intimate relationship that matches your steady and confident professional life. However, feeling safe enough to trust your partner or your own judgment has eluded you. It's confusing, difficult, and feels messy. You're in your late 20s to late 30s and aware of possible intergenerational patterns and trauma. You hope that with a right-fit therapist, you can work with your emotions embedded in cultural and contextual roots and take healthy steps that sometimes feel like "risks" but are aligned with the growth you want to see for yourself.
(323) 922-5037 View (323) 922-5037
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Kate Turnbull
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Northeast Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90041
Therapy is an opportunity to rediscover what it feels like to be at home in yourself. It is a process of making the road by walking—of taking step after step to explore your experiences, beliefs, inner knowing, pain and hope in order to create a more meaningful and authentic life. My aim is to support you on this path through grounded presence, honesty and deep care.
Therapy is an opportunity to rediscover what it feels like to be at home in yourself. It is a process of making the road by walking—of taking step after step to explore your experiences, beliefs, inner knowing, pain and hope in order to create a more meaningful and authentic life. My aim is to support you on this path through grounded presence, honesty and deep care.
(323) 366-3174 View (323) 366-3174
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Angelica Otero
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, PPSC
Verified
Northeast Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90039  (Online Only)
Have you found yourself exhausted and struggling emotionally as you navigate through today's world? We may find ourselves in challenging and difficult moments that can lead us to feeling overwhelmed, excessively worrying, unable to sleep, feeling lost, alone and confused. In these moments, it may be difficult to reach out for support, and so I welcome you in taking the greatest step in this journey. Speaking in our native language can also offer a level of comfort during counseling sessions. I am fluent in both English and Spanish.
Have you found yourself exhausted and struggling emotionally as you navigate through today's world? We may find ourselves in challenging and difficult moments that can lead us to feeling overwhelmed, excessively worrying, unable to sleep, feeling lost, alone and confused. In these moments, it may be difficult to reach out for support, and so I welcome you in taking the greatest step in this journey. Speaking in our native language can also offer a level of comfort during counseling sessions. I am fluent in both English and Spanish.
(818) 658-2691 View (818) 658-2691
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Krystle Maestas
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, APCC, NCC
Verified
Northeast Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90042  (Online Only)
As a therapist, I aim to cultivate a supportive, reflective, and affirmative environment in which clients feel encouraged to investigate the complexities of social-cultural issues, the intersection of identities, and the history/stories impacting their sense of self and well-being to live with more authenticity, deeper connection, meaning, and purpose. At the core, psychotherapy works to help people understand how their thoughts and emotions impact their behavior. Together, we’ll co-create a space to overcome obstacles, shift lifestyle or behavioral patterns, and access your innate capacity for understanding and healing.
As a therapist, I aim to cultivate a supportive, reflective, and affirmative environment in which clients feel encouraged to investigate the complexities of social-cultural issues, the intersection of identities, and the history/stories impacting their sense of self and well-being to live with more authenticity, deeper connection, meaning, and purpose. At the core, psychotherapy works to help people understand how their thoughts and emotions impact their behavior. Together, we’ll co-create a space to overcome obstacles, shift lifestyle or behavioral patterns, and access your innate capacity for understanding and healing.
(323) 443-1477 View (323) 443-1477
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Alex Thompson
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Northeast Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90042  (Online Only)
As a therapist, I believe that your lived experience is important, and I will serve as a collaborator in helping you identify and reimagine what healing looks like for you. We will explore your lived experience with curiosity, including looking at how culture, systemic oppression, and sociopolitical contexts influence your emotional and physical well-being; and how your family background, and early relationships inform your attachment and how that impacts your adult relationships. I want to hold space for you to reflect on the impact of your environment, so that you can move forward in your healing with less shame and more agency.
As a therapist, I believe that your lived experience is important, and I will serve as a collaborator in helping you identify and reimagine what healing looks like for you. We will explore your lived experience with curiosity, including looking at how culture, systemic oppression, and sociopolitical contexts influence your emotional and physical well-being; and how your family background, and early relationships inform your attachment and how that impacts your adult relationships. I want to hold space for you to reflect on the impact of your environment, so that you can move forward in your healing with less shame and more agency.
(323) 307-7807 View (323) 307-7807
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Stella Chesler
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Northeast Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90039
I work with adults, helping my clients gain a deeper awareness of their experience, their history and their current circumstances. I work collaboratively and compassionately with my clients to make sense of their feelings, thoughts and behaviors and develop a sense of comfort and value in being who they are. Together, my clients and I explore their hopes and desires, and experiment with new possibilities and expanded ways of viewing themselves. I specialize in working with people who are struggling with past trauma, experiencing critical feelings about themselves or feeling challenged in their relationships.
I work with adults, helping my clients gain a deeper awareness of their experience, their history and their current circumstances. I work collaboratively and compassionately with my clients to make sense of their feelings, thoughts and behaviors and develop a sense of comfort and value in being who they are. Together, my clients and I explore their hopes and desires, and experiment with new possibilities and expanded ways of viewing themselves. I specialize in working with people who are struggling with past trauma, experiencing critical feelings about themselves or feeling challenged in their relationships.
(323) 418-2648 View (323) 418-2648
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Wade Mollison
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW
Verified
Northeast Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90042
Working to understand ourselves and our relationships in new and deeper ways is a courageous act. I believe that not only do we all have the capacity for growth and well-being, but we also deserve to attain understanding, wholeness, and fulfillment. Perhaps it's a question of identity and purpose, or it may involve thoughts and behaviors that are preventing you from feeling like yourself, or maybe you haven't yet identified what feels "off." Together, we can work to uncover and analyze patterns, thoughts, and experiences to help re-awaken joy, peace, and connection.
Working to understand ourselves and our relationships in new and deeper ways is a courageous act. I believe that not only do we all have the capacity for growth and well-being, but we also deserve to attain understanding, wholeness, and fulfillment. Perhaps it's a question of identity and purpose, or it may involve thoughts and behaviors that are preventing you from feeling like yourself, or maybe you haven't yet identified what feels "off." Together, we can work to uncover and analyze patterns, thoughts, and experiences to help re-awaken joy, peace, and connection.
(213) 642-2817 View (213) 642-2817
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Theresa Soltzberg
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Northeast Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90042
I'm Theresa Soltzberg, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). I am a humanistic and holistic therapist and I work with adult couples and individuals on issues including complex (relational) trauma, life transitions, anxiety, and relationship issues. I typically work with adult clients experiencing relationship challenges and life transitions, as well as career and life changes. I am a humanistic, client-focused therapist, trained in Internal Family Systems Therapy (level 2), holistic Expressive Arts therapy (somatic, Jungian, and Transpersonal), as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and couples modalities.
I'm Theresa Soltzberg, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). I am a humanistic and holistic therapist and I work with adult couples and individuals on issues including complex (relational) trauma, life transitions, anxiety, and relationship issues. I typically work with adult clients experiencing relationship challenges and life transitions, as well as career and life changes. I am a humanistic, client-focused therapist, trained in Internal Family Systems Therapy (level 2), holistic Expressive Arts therapy (somatic, Jungian, and Transpersonal), as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and couples modalities.
(323) 476-0859 View (323) 476-0859
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Hatty J Lee
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
18 Endorsed
Northeast Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90042
I am interested in your story - where you have been and hope to go, what you have done and dream of doing, and who you are and have yet to become. My clients are often highly intuitive and high achieving adults, creatives in the art and entertainment industry, helpers, parentified adult children, entrepreneurs, executives, couples, Asian American professionals, and parents. Common issues include: relationship issues with loved ones, dissatisfaction with current life/direction, work/life balance stress, burnout, codependency, self-neglect, complex family dynamics, performance/creative blocks, anxiety, depression, and trauma.
I am interested in your story - where you have been and hope to go, what you have done and dream of doing, and who you are and have yet to become. My clients are often highly intuitive and high achieving adults, creatives in the art and entertainment industry, helpers, parentified adult children, entrepreneurs, executives, couples, Asian American professionals, and parents. Common issues include: relationship issues with loved ones, dissatisfaction with current life/direction, work/life balance stress, burnout, codependency, self-neglect, complex family dynamics, performance/creative blocks, anxiety, depression, and trauma.
(213) 536-0361 View (213) 536-0361
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Catherine Robertson
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified
Northeast Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90042
Change is something people achieve through collaboration. My therapeutic practice centers on respect, compassion, and curiosity. Such connections facilitate the exploration of personal meaning and experience; such processes support change and movement toward balanced and satisfying life.
Change is something people achieve through collaboration. My therapeutic practice centers on respect, compassion, and curiosity. Such connections facilitate the exploration of personal meaning and experience; such processes support change and movement toward balanced and satisfying life.
(323) 433-5332 View (323) 433-5332
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Jon Tatelman
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Northeast Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90042
I am a strength-based therapist working in Northeast Los Angeles. I welcome collaborative conversations regarding the preferred lives those would like to inhabit, finding myself continually curious about the inherent resourcefulness of my clients. I enjoy helping artists to align with preferred intentions in creativity. Often the trickery of circulated messages around "success" can spell us into forgetting one's values in life. As adjunct faculty at Antioch University Los Angeles, I teach numerous courses including Narrative Therapy In Practice, Postmodern Approaches to Addiction, and Group Treatment.
I am a strength-based therapist working in Northeast Los Angeles. I welcome collaborative conversations regarding the preferred lives those would like to inhabit, finding myself continually curious about the inherent resourcefulness of my clients. I enjoy helping artists to align with preferred intentions in creativity. Often the trickery of circulated messages around "success" can spell us into forgetting one's values in life. As adjunct faculty at Antioch University Los Angeles, I teach numerous courses including Narrative Therapy In Practice, Postmodern Approaches to Addiction, and Group Treatment.
(818) 350-5155 View (818) 350-5155
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Rachel Smalheiser
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Northeast Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90039
I believe therapy can be incredibly transformative and I am passionate about helping others to live rich and meaningful lives. Depression, fear, anxiety, and self-limiting beliefs can keep us from living the life we desire. If you’re feeling stuck and overwhelmed, or perhaps you’ve been sleepwalking through life, feeling unfulfilled, and wanting more, please reach out. Whatever it is, we will work through it together and create lasting change in your life. My approach to counseling is integrative, collaborative, and relational. My style is warm, but direct and honest (and I often use humor, as I find it to be so healing).
I believe therapy can be incredibly transformative and I am passionate about helping others to live rich and meaningful lives. Depression, fear, anxiety, and self-limiting beliefs can keep us from living the life we desire. If you’re feeling stuck and overwhelmed, or perhaps you’ve been sleepwalking through life, feeling unfulfilled, and wanting more, please reach out. Whatever it is, we will work through it together and create lasting change in your life. My approach to counseling is integrative, collaborative, and relational. My style is warm, but direct and honest (and I often use humor, as I find it to be so healing).
(213) 325-3842 View (213) 325-3842
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Michael Castagnetto
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, EMDR
Verified
10 Endorsed
Northeast Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90039
Let's collaborate to help you move towards more insight, peace and fulfillment. I understand that every person has their own unique struggle and I want to help you to be able identify your blocks and strategize ways through them. Therapy can heal wounds from the past and take us into the present where we can make choices that help to put us on a path that we truly desire.
Let's collaborate to help you move towards more insight, peace and fulfillment. I understand that every person has their own unique struggle and I want to help you to be able identify your blocks and strategize ways through them. Therapy can heal wounds from the past and take us into the present where we can make choices that help to put us on a path that we truly desire.
(424) 339-1401 View (424) 339-1401
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Mark Triboulet
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Northeast Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90065
Hi, my name is Mark Triboulet and I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. It is my goal to provide a safe environment where clients have the freedom to work through their pain, fears, and the unknown of what burdens them. I approach counseling in an open and honest format meeting clients where they are with genuine empathy and care. I strive to instill hope, healing, and empowerment with each client as we walk shoulder to shoulder through YOUR goals and desired changes.
Hi, my name is Mark Triboulet and I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. It is my goal to provide a safe environment where clients have the freedom to work through their pain, fears, and the unknown of what burdens them. I approach counseling in an open and honest format meeting clients where they are with genuine empathy and care. I strive to instill hope, healing, and empowerment with each client as we walk shoulder to shoulder through YOUR goals and desired changes.
(323) 817-0651 View (323) 817-0651

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Gestalt Therapists

What is gestalt therapy?

Gestalt therapy is based on the idea that to address unresolved negative feelings, emotions must be not only discussed but also actively expressed in the present moment. The term is from a German word meaning “whole,” and gestalt therapists believe that people should be considered whole entities made up of mind, body, and emotions. Gestalt sessions are rooted in the notion that a client’s total self must be discovered, explored, and confronted, so that they can take greater responsibility for themselves and their behavior, learn to satisfy their own needs while still respecting the needs of others, and reconnect with feelings they might otherwise deny.

How does gestalt therapy work?

Gestalt therapy sessions do not just involve talking with a therapist. Clients may take part in role-playing, re-enactment, or artistic exercises like drawing and painting, with the goal of becoming more aware of negative thought patterns that limit happiness. One common gestalt exercise is “the empty chair,” in which a client sits across from an empty chair representing a partner, relative, boss, or a part of themselves—and, with the therapist’s encouragement, improvises a dialog with it. The intention is to bring the emotions raised by past conflicts into the present and work through them in the moment.

How long does gestalt therapy last?

As with most forms of talk therapy, there is no set duration or end point for gestalt therapy; people who believe that they are making progress typically continue until they feel they’ve addressed the issues that had been holding them back. New patients should understand that it may take some time to become comfortable with gestalt exercises but once they do, they should expect sessions to extend for a number of months, typically spanning at least 12 sessions.

Does gestalt therapy work?

Gestalt therapy has generally been found to be as effective as other forms of talk therapy in helping people living with anxiety, depression, phobias, bipolar disorder, and substance use disorders, as well as helping individuals reduce conflict in relationships. Gestalt techniques, on their own or in combination with other therapies, can also be effective in managing physical ailments including ulcerative colitis, migraines, and back spasms. It should be noted that some people may have trouble adapting to gestalt therapy’s lack of formal structure or to a therapist’s close observations of their body language and emotions; others may struggle to commit to techniques that feel unnatural, like the empty chair exercise.