Anxiety can cast a shadow over the start of a new week, but Gestalt psychotherapy offers unique tools to help dispel this shadow. As a Gestalt psychotherapist, I understand the importance of holistic and present-focused techniques. Here are five Gestalt-informed tips to help you start your week feeling less anxious.

1. Awareness Exercises

Begin each day with awareness exercises. Take note of your physical sensations, emotions, and thoughts without judgment. This can include the practice of mindfulness, where the focus is on being fully present in the now, observing what is without striving to change it.

2. The Here and Now

Gestalt therapy emphasizes living in the present. Focus on your current experiences rather than getting lost in worries about the past or future. This can help reduce anxiety by anchoring them in the reality of the moment.

3. Creative Expression

Encourage your creative expression as a way to explore and release anxious feelings. This could be through drawing, writing, or movement. Creative activities can help you externalize your anxiety, making it more manageable.

4. Dialogue and Experimentation

I use dialogue and experimentation in sessions to explore anxious feelings. This could involve role-playing or the empty chair technique, where you converse with different parts of yourself or your anxiety. It’s a way to gain insight and find new ways of relating to your anxious experiences.

5. Responsibility and Choice

I’ll help you understand your responsibility for your own thoughts, feelings, and actions. Gestalt therapy teaches that while we may not have control over everything that happens to us, we do have a choice in how we respond. This sense of agency can be empowering and reduce feelings of helplessness that often accompany anxiety.

These tips are grounded in the principles of Gestalt psychotherapy, which can be particularly effective for managing anxiety. It’s a therapy that respects the individual’s capacity for self-awareness and growth, offering a path to a less anxious and more fulfilling life 1 2.

Remember, these are general tips and will be adapted to fit your unique context. For those struggling with anxiety, working with a Gestalt psychotherapist can provide the personalized support needed to navigate these challenges.


Footnote(s)

  1. https://www.divyaberry.co.uk/gestalt-anxiety ↩︎
  2. https://gestaltinstitute.ie/therapists ↩︎

Luana Martendal

Luana Martendal

Psychotherapist