Gestalt Therapy

Gestalt therapy focuses on your current life and challenges rather than delving into past experiences. Gestalt therapy helps you understand what is really happening in your life right now, rather than what you may perceive to be happening based on past experiences. This approach stresses the importance of understanding the context of your life and taking responsibility for it rather than placing blame on yourself or others. Instead of simply talking about past situations, you will be encouraged to experience them, often through re-enactment. Through the gestalt process, you’ll become more aware of how your negative thought patterns and behaviors might be impacting your self-awareness and making you unhappy.

What to expect.

During Gestalt Therapy, the therapist focuses on what is happening in the moment and finding solutions in the present time. For example, rather than discuss why something happened in the past, the therapist will encourage you to re-enact the moment and discuss how it feels right now. In other words, you will be asked to experience your feelings, rather than simply talk about them. The goal is for you to take more responsibility for yourself, accept the consequences of your behavior, and learn to fulfill your own needs while still respecting the needs of others.

By building self-awareness, gestalt therapy helps clients better understand themselves and how the choices they make affect their health and relationships. With this self-knowledge, clients begin to understand how their emotions and bodies are connected and develop more self-confidence to start living a fuller life and deal with problems more effectively.

What are the benefits of Gestalt Therapy? 

Gestalt Therapy can help clients with issues such as anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and relationship difficulties. Studies have shown that gestalt therapy is effective in helping people with mindfulness and staying present, increasing their self-awareness, and taking personal responsibility for their own behavior and action.

This service is available in the following locations:


  • Augusta
  • via telehealth statewide

For more information or to enroll in services our Open Access team at (207) 626-3414.

We are required to bill for our services. MaineCare and private insurance will pay for many of our services. Low or no-cost treatment may be available to qualified individuals.

Not sure which treatment is right for you?
Call our Open Access team at (207) 626-3414.

They will answer your questions, provide information, and help you make an appointment for an initial assessment, where we can learn more about you and your specific needs.