Gestalt Psychotherapy is centered on increasing a person’s awareness, freedom, and self-direction. It’s a form of therapy that focuses on the present moment rather than past experiences.
This helps individuals get rid of distress by learning how to trust and accept what they feel.
Education and Experience
I am finishing my fourth year training at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto’s Post Graduate Program of Training and Supervision in Gestalt Therapy. The program – unlike a two-year master’s degree – involves five years of intensive study, personal development and work with therapy clients.
What Is Gestalt Therapy?
Gestalt therapy is a humanistic, holistic, person-centered form of psychotherapy that is
focused on a person’s present life and challenges. In this client-centered approach to therapy, I hold space for my clients to share their truth, not imposing my judgment, allowing for connection and healing to emerge.
We work very hard to survive painful experiences, and part of this survival may include shutting down our emotional hurt or painful memory of the event. When working with clients, I understand that things such as painful memories or events will come to awareness when the client is ready for healing in that area. Therefore, our focus is on the here and now which makes this approach very mindful based.
Overcoming struggles is part of life. But you do not have to do it alone.
In a session
In a session with me, you can expect to:
- have a safe and accepting space to discuss whatever is on your mind
- process unresolved experiences and emotions
- gain insight and awareness and explore alternative possibilities
- regain personal power and catalyze change
- discover connections between your emotions, thoughts, beliefs, and actions
- create new habits which support your life aspirations
- work on self love and self worth
- assert healthy boundaries in your life and relationships
- develop your ability to engage others authentically
Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful parts of us.
I offer a warm and compassionate presence, fully dedicated to creating a safe space for you. I listen attentively not just to what is being said, but also other cues that help me get to the heart of the matter. I like to creatively challenge my clients with some experiments to help bypass the conscious mind and explore what is happening in the subconscious.
Therefore, I may use interventions such as Art Therapy, Chair Exercise, Psychodrama, and other customized experiments for you and your unique situation. I practice mindfulness in my personal life and blend it in the work that I do with my clients to ensure full immersion in the experience we are co-creating together.