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Gestalt Therapy  

Gestalt Therapy was developed by Fritz Perls which has evolved towards a relational dialogical model that is considered on a continuum of health. The humanistic approach to psychotherapy focuses on human beings innate strive towards psychological health and wellbeing.  An individual's fixed patterns of relating or behaviors are attempts to staying safe and maintaining a status quo of equilibrium in the context of their narratives idiosyncratic qualities and experiences.

Gestalt therapy considers the therapeutic relationship as an organic co-creating relational experience. The relational paradigm includes power relations and interpersonal dynamics in the therapeutic work. It is a framework to understand the character styles and patterns that organizes the individual's perception of self and the world. An aspect of the psychotherapeutic processes focuses on awareness of core organizing themes or core beliefs which become fixed gestalts otherwise known as habitual ways of thinking, feeling or behaving which is out of a person's awareness. Exploring the formation of developmental relational style considers how as a young child, information is received from parent(s), family or school to form core beliefs about self in the context of their environment. Enduring core relational themes or unhealthy patterns often get repeated in relational patterns. Healing arises from an individual's awareness of their whole sense of being and phenomenological enquiry into their experiences of self, and embraces genuine contact with all parts with compassion and wisdom towards more of an authentic self. 

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