Anxiety and Depression
A Gestalt Therapy perspective.
Anxiety seen from the Gestalt therapy perspective is an experienced state of arousal lacking support for direct action to satisfy a need. Anxiety is not seen as a pathology to be simply eliminated, but rather as a sign that the arousal has been interrupted. With therapeutic support it can be redirected towards growth.
Similarly with depression, Gestalt therapy does not focus primarily on healing symptoms. The goal is to restore the ability of the individual to adjust with its own creativity in accordance to an individual's particular needs. This approach offers long lasting life change.
While working with anxiety and depression, the Relational Gestalt therapist emphasises security, structure, support and awareness expansion.
The work centres around a primary task of creating a safe environment, and a safe relationship, in which the patient’s self-healing powers can be activated.