Approach & Method

In my practice as a therapist, I embrace the principles of Gestalt psychology, focusing on the idea that understanding a person's entire experience is more valuable than dissecting it into smaller parts. My approach is rooted in the belief that individuals perceive and make sense of the world in unique, holistic ways. This perspective guides how I interact with my clients, as I strive to see the world through their eyes and understand their experiences as complete wholes.

When working with clients, I prioritize the present moment, encouraging them to explore their current feelings and behaviors within the safe space of therapy. This approach aligns with Gestalt therapy's emphasis on awareness and presence. I employ creative and experiential techniques to help clients delve into their immediate perceptions and understand how these perceptions relate to their broader life challenges. By focusing on the 'here and now,' I facilitate a process where clients can uncover and address unresolved issues, leading to deeper self-awareness and personal growth.

My practice is deeply influenced by the Gestalt principles of visual perception, such as similarity, proximity, continuity, and closure. These principles are not just theoretical concepts for me; they are practical tools that help in structuring therapy sessions to make them more effective and meaningful. By applying these principles, I guide my clients in recognizing patterns in their thoughts and behaviors, helping them to see the bigger picture of their lives and how various aspects are interconnected.

Moreover, the holistic nature of Gestalt psychology informs my approach to therapy beyond individual sessions. It shapes how I view the therapeutic process as a journey of integration, where different facets of a person's life, experiences, and relationships are woven together into a coherent whole. This perspective not only aids in the therapeutic process but also enriches my understanding of human behavior and cognition, allowing me to provide a more comprehensive and empathetic support to those seeking help. In this way, Gestalt psychology is not just a method I use; it's a fundamental part of how I view and practice therapy, aiming to foster a deeper connection and understanding with each individual I work with.

Additional Methods

In my work as a therapist, I make sure to create a therapy plan that's specifically designed for each person I work with. I use different methods like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Self-Determination Theory, Trauma-Focused therapy, and approaches that focus on LGBTQ+ needs. By mixing these methods, I can offer a personalized approach that matches the unique problems, aims, and situations of each client. For example, using ACT helps my clients accept their thoughts and emotions without negative judgment, encourages them to take actions that align with their personal values, and helps them adapt to different situations more easily.

I also use Self-Determination Theory to help clients pursue their own goals in a way that feels right to them, boosting their motivation and independence. When dealing with trauma, I apply Trauma-Focused therapy techniques to carefully work through and heal from past traumatic experiences, aiming to improve their coping strategies. For LGBTQ+ clients, I provide therapy that pays special attention to the unique challenges and life experiences we face, ensuring a supportive and validating environment for them to explore their identity and relationships.

By thoughtfully blending these different therapy styles, I aim to give each client a tailored and effective therapy experience, promoting personal growth and healing in a caring and respectful setting.

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