While I work with an eclectic mix of therapy approaches, I often refer to Gestalt therapy as the “backbone” of my practice. To me it is as much a philosophy as it is therapy modality.
One of my favourite notions in Gestalt therapy is the assumption that health is the ability to respond to novel experiences spontaneously, authentically, and with natural excitement. This is assumed to be our natural state with which we are born, and towards which we innately strive.
As we experience ourselves in the world, we continuously adjust our responses to match what we encounter. If we encounter a recurring theme of unhappiness within ourselves or in relationship, chances are that we have gotten stuck in responses that no longer serve us.