An Integrative Approach
I believe the well-being of a person is a very subjective and personal topic. Everybody is born in unique circumstances and there are countless factors affecting our physical health, personality, and worldview throughout our lives.
The treatment attitude of conventional medicine is based on the idea of symptom reduction in physical and psychological health, which is unfortunately not always sufficient. Certain psychosomatic symptoms that are negatively influencing our daily lives and relationships may show no organic cause and may be the result of our psychic state.
Moreover, we are the result of our relationships. Since the day we born we are effectively shaped by people around us, everyone and everything we encounter. This is a constant, ongoing process. Inherently we influence everything, everyone around us. Therefore I believe, this dialogical and holistic perspective is crucial for healing and growth in psychotherapy.
I stand strongly for the idea that health does not mean only the absence of any disease but a presence of a general sense of well-being, balance and presence of certain qualities and most importantly meaning in one’s life that keeps us going, towards a purposeful future.
One of the basic ideas of GT is that in our perceptive worlds, the totality of the perceived phenomena is something more and different than its pieces. You can think of it like every single music note and the final melody that we hear. I apply the same idea to health. We are more than the sum of our organs, limbs or ideas, feelings or plans. We are a whole, which is very complex and special.
“The Gestalt theory of self … supports a human being to engage in, co-create and critique their society and culture, both to emerge from the field and to be an individual. Therapy is a support for this process, not a way of adjustment to society, nor support for an isolated individual.
The client, not constrained by an indwelling self or a therapist’ s theory of how s/he should be, is viewed as potentially able to place themselves in the world in many different ways, sometimes radically different from how they have previously viewed themselves and been viewed by others”