Gestalt Therapy Case Study

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Introductions (20 Points) Gestalt Introduction. Gestalt therapy is existential, phenomenological, and process-based (Corey, 2013, p. 212). Gestalt therapy is an approach that focuses on the “now” or the present with the patient. This form of therapy aids behavioral change by seeking to help clients understand how they are interacting with the environment in the present. Thus, this form of therapy helps the client recognize their interactions with the environment; the client can then work on changing the behavior(s), and learn to value him or herself in the process. Person Centered Introduction. Person centered therapy is founded on the premise that people can change themselves apart from the direct intervention of the counselor, but when…show more content…
I do listen to them, and I do hear them. I just focus on helping them, by interacting with them in the therapy session in a more direct way. By working with my clients to break the “communication barriers”, I am inversely helping all of their relationships. Debate Question Two: What is the role of challenging in therapy? What is the role of existentialism? Do you use techniques? Gestalt Response Two: The role of challenging in therapy is to help the client to become aware of the “here and now”. This is also called existentialism, which is basically therapy that tries to remain in the here and now as much as possible. I use this on all of my clients. I find that it helps them really experience there feelings directly. I have found in my experience that telling my client to act out what they are feeling really helps them grow to understand how to interact with the current environment better. Person Centered Rebuttal Two. Gerald, challenging has little to no place in therapy. Clients should always feel genuine empathy from the therapist. If the therapist is challenging the client then the therapist is basically communicating to the client that something they did or are doing is wrong, and probably makes them feel…show more content…
Gestalt Response Five: Roughly every client of mine has changed once they get a grip on the “here and now” the present progressive. Understanding this is what actually causes the change for the clients. Therefore, putting in to practice principles such as holism, or the field theory, I am able to attempt to mold my client’s perspective. Person Centered Rebuttal Five: You still have it all wrong. You are way too focused on what you can do for the client, rather than what the client can do for themselves. People are naturally good, and can indeed change themselves autonomously. Person Centered Response Five. I believe that humans are naturally good people. I believe that humans have it within themselves to change, and therefore don’t necessarily need us therapists to do much. Therefore, the role of the therapist is to develop genuine relationship with the client, so that the client can change themselves. It is the good nature of man which is the primary force of change in therapy. Gestalt Rebuttal Five: Priscilla I disagree with you because if they had it within themselves to change, then they wouldn’t need help. Nor would my clients come to me asking for help. Regardless if my method is the fan favorite or not, it gets the job done, and progress is easier to
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