Gestalt
therapy is an experiential humanistic approach that was designed as an
alternative to psychoanalysis. This approach ultimately aims to elicit personal
growth by building self-awareness of one’s perception of reality in the here
and now. Fritz Perls, a German psychoanalyst, founded this universal approach
in 1940s through the influences of Carl Roger’s Person Centered Therapy. Although
gaining popularity many years after it’s development, it has continued to be an
effective source of treatment for many individuals around the world till this
day. Perls went on to collaborate with his colleagues, Laura Perls and Paul
Goodman, and transformed the original therapy into a more integrative system.  The fundamental goal was determined to be
improving the quality of life by achieving and maintaining healthy states of
psychological wellness. A large amount of emphasis is placed on the uniqueness
of the individual and their potential of personal growth. By dismissing one’s
past history and biology, and placing most focus on both the present and
future, gestalt therapy works to outline the importance and impact of human experience,
by exploring the ways in which we relate to the world through our affect,
cognition, senses, interpersonal relationships and spirituality.  (Ginger, 2007)