The name is derived from the German for "organized whole".  Developed by Fritz Perls. The Gestalt therapist believes that every individual has the potential to feel content and fulfilled, they just need to access their inner self to achieve this.

Gestalt focuses on the clients ‘here and now’, how they experience their own lives and relationships, and how that relates to their experience of self. Gestalt therapists believe that although every person has it within them to feel happy and whole they sometimes get stuck in unhelpful ways of behaving or relating. Through the therapeutic relationship the client develops their awareness of self and can choose what pattterns they wish to change.

Gestalt is a holistic therapy, and explores every aspect of the client presentation of them self.