Case Study of Gestalt Play Therapy

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Gestalt therapy is a type of therapy used to deepen our awareness of ourselves. According to O’Connor and Braverman, (2009) “Gestalt" implies wholeness. Gestalt can also be considered as the essence, or shape of a complete form. A theoretical opposite of structuralism, the entity constitutes more than the sum of its parts. Gestalt therapy is comprised of a complex psychological system that stresses the development of client self-awareness and personal responsibility through a process-oriented, experiential and phenomenological modality that addresses the totality of an individual in terms of senses, body, emotions and intellect.” In an active process, suppressed feelings can be explored in depth and through understanding of the how and why of an individual’s perceptive processes, the understanding can form a heuristic for organismic regulation for feelings in the immediate present.

According to Blom, (2006) “Gestalt therapy can be considered an existential, phenomenological and holistic approach with the emphasis on awareness in the here and now and the interdependence between people and their environment. This improves organismic self-regulation in that people become aware of choices they can make in respect of their behavior and they can thus define the significance of their life.”

Gestalt Play Therapy addresses the process of integrating polarities, so that children can achieve better functioning, and so that each aspect of polarity can exist in a well-integrated personality. (Blom, 2006) During Gestalt Play Therapy, children must achieve awareness of their individual and unique polarities, as well as acknowledging and accepting that both sides of their polarities are a part of them. It is also cr...

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