Gestalt therapy is a branch of the humanistic approaches in that it aims to free individuals of what blocks them from authentic expression, fulfilment, and growth. It strives to help clients become more fully and creatively alive.
It is an experiential type of therapy in the way that if focuses on the here and now, on immediate experiences and thoughts, and much less on the past. It takes the wider context of the client’s world into account, as well as meaning-making, values, cognition, and the interpersonal relationship between the therapist and the client. Clients might be encouraged to step out of their comfort zone within the session and try new ways of expressing themselves in the therapeutic relationship. Such experiments can catapult insight and change.
“A thousand plastic flowers don't make a desert bloom. A thousand empty faces don't fill an empty room"
― Fritz Perls