Raising awareness is seen as a key ingredient in Gestalt therapy that leads to spontaneous change achieved via self acceptance rather than coercion, persuasion or willpower. It is the therapeutic relationship between client-therapist that enables the client to build awareness around their own experience of what is happening for them and how they might do it differently. Within this supportive, non-judgemental and safe environment clients begin to become more aware of their own process (way of being in the world). From this place of understanding clients may choose to do things differently, first within the safety of the therapeutic relationship, than as appropriate in the outside world.
Sarah Bergman’s approach facilitates the client into staying present in the here and now with – what you are thinking, how you are feeling and what you are aware of. Sarah Bergman’s approach is non-judgemental acceptance and empathic support for who you are and where you are at, thus enabling you to successfully navigate your life experiences in a place of safety. Sarah Bergman understands that trust takes time and you choose to share when it feels right for you to share aspects of yourself, without fear of rejection or judgement.
Change is often what clients are looking for and Sarah Bergman has found that as client’s build awareness and understanding around their own experience of what is happening for them, their confidence grows in making the necessary choices to support change in their lives.
Learning to love, accept and be comfortable with all aspects of who you are today, is an important first step in change which leads to greater choice in life!!
As part of Sarah Bergman’s Masters degree in Gestalt therapy Sarah engaged in four years of individual and group therapy with a Gestalt psychotherapist. Sarah feels that the personal growth and self development that she gained is invaluable to her as a therapist. Having sat in the client’s chair has provided Sarah with the direct experience of the journey to self acceptance. “At the end I received the gift of confidence and acceptance for who I am. I am enough!”