I provide a supportive, confidential and non-judgemental space to talk and work towards enabling my clients' personal growth - mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
I studied the Gestalt therapy approach at the Moscow Institute of Gestalt and Psychodrama. The word "Gestalt" in this context means "whole". Gestalt therapy was developed by psychotherapist Fritz Perls in the 1940s and 1950s on the principle that humans are best viewed as a whole entity consisting of body, mind, and soul.
Gestalt therapy emphasises the following points:
- As a humanistic therapy it focusses on a person's individual nature, rather than categorizing people into groups with similar characteristics and problems. Instead it emphasises a person's ability to find their personal wisdom, healing, and fulfillment within themselves
- As an approach based on existential philosophy it proposes that each human being has the freedom to chose their own unique way of life. The individual itself—not parents, society, or religion— is free and responsible for giving meaning to its life, and living it sincerely and authentically
- The principles "awareness" and "here and now" focus on what is happening in the current moment and finding solutions in the present time. For example, if a client describes a concerning situation in the past, the therapist will encourage him/her to revisit the situation and to experience and observe the associated feelings right now. Rather than thinking and talking about the situation, the client becomes fully aware of body sensations, emotions, and thoughts. Such an experiment can enable clients to see unconscious behaviour patterns, and how they can make them unhappy
As a counsellor I help individuals recognise their strengths and creativity. The main goal of Gestalt therapy is to become more aware of yourself and your senses, to take responsibility, and learn to satisfy your own needs while still respecting the needs of others.