The Gestalt idea is that we develop growth, meaning and change in contact with each other. In the interactive and lively coaching, the holistic methodology takes up this mechanism of action, which favors a gestalt process in which, among other things, inner images and conceptions can be brought “in Gestalt” and brought out, which usually quickly clears the way for changes in the customer and a redesign.
“Gestalt” as a valuable tool is a counseling approach in the tradition of humanistic psychology, which has its focus in the “here and now” and less in the past and the question of the “why”. The past is included, if it is of importance to the present! The gestalt process is open and conducive to creativity and self-acceptance.
The basis of my design-oriented work is the Gestalt therapy developed by Lore and Fritz Perls together with Paul Goodman in the 1950s. It has its roots in the psychoanalysis of Freud, but also in Gestalt psychology, Husserlian phenomenology, Heidegger’s existentialism, Lewis’s field theory and Martin Buber’s dialogic principle.
According to Lore Perls*, the following aspects are central to gestalt work: “Support” – this is not about supporting from the outside, but finding the support and security in ourselves. Starting with the physiology with the upright posture, agility, until towards language and language usage. With and on these “resources” is worked in the coaching. Blockages, which are often part of the work, have a supporting function, these are not taken away, but replaced in the long term by more appropriate attitudes and postures (including postures) and corresponding behaviors (such as communication channels).
Another important aspect is to name “commitment”, self-empowerment, the ability to discipline, and a realistic assessment of one’s own limitations, which is ultimately the prerequisite for real responsibility.
(* Source: After Helmut Johach: From Freud to Humananstic Psychology, p. 258, 2009, transcript Verlag, Bielefeld)
Based on Lore Perl’s body-oriented gestalt school, I work with ©Body Visualization, a tool I have developed to make tensions, blind spots, inner images, body images and sensations fruitful.