The Gestalt of a person is like a mosaic inevitably laid by one’s own self. It constitutes all the holistic meaningful perception. From its beginning to its end.
When the perception of a person has no holistic meaning, it cannot be integrated into one’s self and so it will not find the right tessera fitting the mosaic.
The gaps within the mosaic will occur and the persons Gestalt is open. The futility elicited for the self by the incomplete Gestalt, opposes the self. Therefore, it attempts to find the missing tessera for closing its Gestalt. At the cost of the person’s life energy and love of life.
The Gestalt-work helps people to find the yearned meaning of their selves, by the perception and experience through their selves and thereby completing the mosaic.
By closing an open Gestalt, a person takes one step towards him/herself.
Gestalt-counselling is a humanistic way to teach personal growth. It derives from the concept of Gestalt-therapy, which has been developed by Fritz Perls, his wife Laura and the sociologist and civil rights activist Paul Goodman, in the 1950s. This concept is constituted by a holistic view of humans and the world. A person is perceived with all his/her dimensions: with body mind and emotion. And further his/her existence in interrelation with his/her social and ecological environment.
The concept of Gestalt derived from this holistic view of humans and the world. The term Gestalt describes a meaningful and complete entity of a holistic human perception. Everything a person can experience, for example an encounter, a memory, a feeling, a thought is Gestalt. The meaning of Gestalt is equal to the meaning of holistic.
The integrated therapeutic approach of Gestalt-work follows this line of thought.: People have the ability to regulate, to heal themselves whilst being self-responsible. Gestalt work originated in the here and now, thinking and feeling can solely occur in the present. We cannot change the past, but we can learn to reflect the effects of former events and experiences. If we change the way we see the past, we change past’s effects on us in present time. and change is a consequence
Gestalt-work opens a space to its client for holistically unfolding him/herself in a valuing interpersonal relation on the level of “me and you”. In doing so the client can re-encounter the old and finds individual answers through creative experiencing in the here and now. The protection of the client’s individual dignity, integrity and self-determination stands as the therapist’s main-focus, while critically confronting a client with parts of his/her self.
The goal of these progenitors of Gestalt-therapy was to develop a method, producing holistic consciousness in the here and now as well as raising physicality, love of life and creative competence. For therapeutic work the method’s orientation is more equal to finding resources and solutions in the client, than to finding diseases and presumed answers for them.
Essential impulses for this method are owed to psychoanalysis, Gestalt psychology and field theory. In the means of philosophical ideas, phenomenology, “Existential philosophie” and the “Dialogische Prinzip”, are to be named