The founder of Gestalt therapy, Fritz Perls, believed that meaningful contact (relationship) between people was as indispensable as food and water. People psychologically exist in and through a web of relationships. We experience psychological problems when relationships are disrupted or irreparably damaged. The Gestalt method relies on establishing and nurturing a meaningful relationship between therapist and patient.
Furthermore, the unique experience of human contact in the present moment offers an invaluable learning experience. The Gestalt method also applies awareness practice to relieve blocks, resistance mechanisms and familiar mental traps.
Its methods also help you to connect to various – not immediately accessible – parts of your personality. This offers new, surprising perspectives and provides new responses to life’s questions. This can help heal past traumas and have a very liberating effect.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
The founding fathers of NLP, Bandler and Grinder, discovered that highly successful therapists masterfully used the connection between behaviour patters, neurological processes and experience of their clients. This modelled approach has proven to facilitate the effective transformation of behaviours.
In a nutshell, you develop and live your neurological patterns of thought and behaviour. These patters form your ‘world model’ and ‘point of departure’. It is unique. When you are ‘stuck’ in your model, you (re)create the same reality, successful or problematic.
NLP offers instruments and techniques for you to examine your unique neurological patters of thought and behaviour. Once learned and understood, you can let go of debilitating or ineffective patterns. This will help you to achieve more emotional freedom and enrich your life. It can have a very liberating effect.
Transactional Analysis (TA)
Developed by American psychotherapist Eric Berne, TA combines approaches and insights from therapy, communication studies and personality theories. It is based on the core concepts of autonomy and intimacy of human contact. We all seek to enjoy autonomy to ‘shape our own life’. However, our past experiences, relationships, adopted norms and values challenge and restrict our autonomous behaviour. According to TA, we shape our life following a script – a set of unconscious childhood decisions.
TA offers an approach to explore your life script and offers you ways to restore autonomy. TA can help you to strengthen your autonomy by allowing you to increase awareness and re-experience spontaneity and intimacy. TA can help you to examine your unconscious decisions and unravel your life script. It will help you to understand your patterns of behaviour and change them. It can also help you to give meaning and purpose to your life and history.
This approach is based on the work of German family therapist Bert Hellinger. Our life is – from the earliest moment on – tacitly influenced by many systems.
We are born into our family. Our primary family (father and mother) is biologically, psychologically and spiritually connected to their parents’ families. Our identity – who in depth we really are – develops in this and other systems (the family, first educators, classroom, sports and student associations, where we work).
Each family system is unique. It is also governed by certain rules and principles. The hidden dynamics and invisible influences affect and move us on a very deep subconscious level. The systemic method can help you reveal these influences and patterns. It can produce a liberating and healing effect.