Emma Ruiz Gestalt Therapist in Barcelona
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Gestalt Therapy in Barcelona

What is Gestalt Therapy?

Gestalt therapy is based on three principles: the Here and Now, Awareness and Self-Responsibility. It helps the client gain awareness of his/her feelings, accept and trust in them. The focus on the here and now does not negate or reduce past events or future possibilities; in fact, the past is intricately linked to one’s present experience. The idea is to avoid dwelling on the past or anxiously anticipating the future. Experiences of the past may be addressed in therapy sessions, but the therapist and client will focus on exploring what factors made a particular memory come up at this moment, or how the present moment is impacted by experiences of the past. Paying attention to the body and becoming aware of its subtle shifts in posture also bring the client to the present and help her/him understand the connection between the physical and emotional bodies.

Finally, there is the element of self-responsibility, where the client learns to become responsible for his life and stops blaming others or circumstances for his/her distress, thus, regaining power and therefore the possibility to use it at her/his own will.

Is Gestalt Therapy for you?

Well, that will depend on what you are looking for. If you want someone to sit in front of you and tell you what’s wrong with you, then Gestalt is not for you. You expect the therapist to tell you what to do and how to do it, then Gestalt is not for you. If you need someone to tell you how terrible your life has been and how sorry s/he feels for you, then Gestalt is not for you.

However, if you want to gain awareness of what is happening to you, understand how your mind works and learn to know how you feel, then Gestalt IS for you. If you are ready to look deep into yourself and be responsible for your feelings and actions, then Gestalt IS for you. If you are ready to step up and be the best version of yourself, then Gestalt is a very sound choice. So, are you ready to thrive?



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