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Contemporary Gestalt therapy is humanistic, holistic, relational and collaborative. It’s based on the belief that everyone is capable of growth. Gestalt therapy focuses on process (what people are actually doing) in addition to content (what people are talking about). The emphasis is on what you’re doing, thinking, and feeling at the present moment. Gestalt therapy’s method of awareness is similar to the practice of mindfulness. During therapy, the patient and therapist distinguish between actual experience and interpretation. The individual learns to clearly see what they’re doing and what interferes with their ability to change.

Gestalt therapy tries to enable the patient to become more fully and creatively alive. It seeks to free the patient from the blocks that diminish satisfaction and growth. It allows people to experiment with new ways of being. This approach sometimes integrates elements of other therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).