How Gestalt therapy can help with Asperger’s

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Gestalt therapy methodology emphasises and centres around the importance of the therapeutic relationship. One of the factors that a person with Asperger’s struggles with is relationship, thus Gestalt therapy provides an excellent vehicle to assist the person to explore how they are and what they feel, when engaging with another. Furthermore, Gestalt therapy is primarily…

How Gestalt therapy can help with Grief

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Gestalt therapy views loss and grief within a holistic perspective for grief affects all levels of experience, such as the body, emotions, cognition, socially, spiritually and religious beliefs. Gestalt defines loss and grief as a process that encompasses the whole field and the person is to be viewed holistically and uniquely with no time frames…

How Gestalt therapy can help with Stress

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There are many different ways to manage stress, including identifying your triggers, relaxation techniques, lifestyle changes and seeking support from others or a Counsellor or Psychotherapist. Learning how to handle stress in healthy ways is very important. Fortunately, it is easy to learn simple techniques that help. These include building awareness around behaviours that contribute…

How Gestalt therapy can help with Anxiety

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Gestalt therapy is a holistic practice that looks at the whole person and their environment. The aim of the therapeutic relationship in Gestalt therapy is to co-create with the client a new nutritious experience, in order to help the client grow and understand themselves as they are. This involves building awareness and exploring the parts…

How Gestalt therapy can help with Depression

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As Depression is caused by a number of diverse factors, including one’s social structure and psychology, Counselling or Psychotherapy has been shown to benefit those affected by depression. In more severe cases a combination of medication and Psychotherapy may be used. Gestalt therapy provides a therapeutic relationship that is supportive and safe allowing space for…

Gestalt Therapy

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What is Gestalt Therapy? And how can Gestalt Therapy and Principles help me to manage my mental health issues? Translated from the German word, gestalt implies wholeness, or if used as a verb ‘to make whole.’ Gestalt therapy (often referred to as Gestalt Psychotherapy or Gestalt Counselling)  is a relational and experiential form of psychotherapy…

Emotionally Focused Therapy

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What is Emotionally Focused Therapy? Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples, or EFT, is an evidence-based approach developed by Dr. Sue Johnson and Les Greenberg in the early 1980s. Their work provides a clear understanding of the bonds of love and how these bonds can be shaped to create more satisfying, loving relationships. Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy…

Parenting Support

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Parenting is 24/7 and while it can be filled with reward and joy it can also be relentless, frustrating, confusing and worrying. Often in families we bring our patterns from our extended family into our immediate family and play out our old unhealed relationships with our children (and spouse). This can feel old but familiar…
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What is holding you back?

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Have you ever wondered what it is that stops you from doing what you want whether it be changing careers, leaving an unsatisfying relationship, joining a painting class or even just getting up off the couch and going for a walk. Often (but not always) we instinctively know deep inside what we want, but something…

What is Psychotherapy?

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Being a Psychotherapist I am frequently asked ‘What is Psychotherapy and who is it for?’ In a nutshell Psychotherapy is a type of psychological treatment which involves a professional therapist using a range of techniques to help clients overcome unresolved issues, gain insight and achieve personal growth. Psychotherapy is for anyone who has an unresolved…

What is my path?

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You could call this the existential question that rests on the lips of the young, middle aged and even the old. For some this question hangs around like a bad smell all our lives as we take our hand at this and that never fully reaching our potential. For others they are lucky enough to…

Are you a highly sensitive person?

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You may not want to answer this question given that Western society appears to look at sensitive people unfavourably, constantly suggesting you grow a thicker skin. However, being highly sensitive is an innate temperament trait, it is a part of who you are, you were born that way and you are not alone. In 1997,…

Christmas! A time when families come together the best they can.

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Jingle bells, Jingle bells, Jingle all the way…..Christmas! What happens for you when you hear that Christmas Carol?  Joy, excitement, connection, belonging are you salivating at the thought of Rum balls! Or do you feel a sense of dread, loneliness, disconnection, anxiety an emptiness that leaves you with no appetite for the festive season at…

Reasons why life adjustments and changes are hard

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Life is not a palette of black and white. There is a lot of grey area. In fact, life is more like a rainbow: there are even colors that you can’t ever see. If you are struggling with changing yourself, even if you know what you’re doing wrong, it is okay. What makes it hard…

Empty Nest Syndrome – What is it?

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Recently my first born left home and this change stirred a wondering inside me. What will it be like to have no kids at home? A mixture of excitement and sadness arose in me and I began to think about the Empty Nest syndrome and its impact on parents. Firstly, what is Empty nest syndrome?…

Motherhood Unmasked!

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Without a doubt becoming a mother is a wonderful and joyous time where you are filled with love, elation, excitement and gratitude. Your new little bundle of joy! While this is true, (especially when they are sleeping or feeding well) what about the times when your reality is not one of joy but of frustration,…