"Gestalt therapy, itself deriving from the basic insights of Gestalt psychology, viewing each person as a proactive, creative agent drawing on shared frames of reference and current awareness to interpret and adapt to perceived reality and challenge. These adaptations may be creative and flexible, building new creative solutions on the basis of previous experience, or they may be repetitive and “stuck,” locking individuals, families, and larger systems in unsatisfying or destructive behavior and outcomes. Gestalt therapy draws on relational support to provide the safety for relaxing and exploring the emotional dynamics of these “stuck” adaptive patterns, and experimenting with new, more satisfying solutions." Gordon Wheeler, PhD, and Lena Axelsson, PsyD, LMFT
Love is a gift of one’s inner most soul to another so both can be whole. – Buddha
"Successful relationships flourish when self-acceptance and self-responsibility are fostered as fundamental attributes. In Gestalt theory, the relationship is viewed as a living organism which has the same potential to grow and evolve as a human being. The relationship is birthed by the two of you and then comes to envelop the two of you and will nourish and foster your connection to one another. When we bring our healthiest selves into any relationship, the potential for our emotional well-being and spiritual growth is exponentialized. The first principle I teach couples is to always "own your stuff!" - take full responsibility for your experiences, feelings, thoughts, behaviors, and beliefs!" - Sheree Johnson, Ph.D.