Espace Gestalt is a group of qualified Gestalt therapists. We are providing individual and couple therapy. We work with adults, teenagers and children in two offices in Rhode Saint Genèse close to Waterloo and in Ixelles (Bruxelles).
Our therapeutic approach is called Gestalt Therapy. It is an experientially and empirically based psychotherapy that assumes that one can only understand the individual’s behavior by taking into account the mutual adaptation involved in the individual as an integral part of his or her current context or ecosystem.
Gestalt Therapy, theory, and practice, emphasize a number of important principles:
- Both individual and the field or ecosystem of which he or she is a part, are considered to be self-regulating, adaptive, and growthful. Thus what is commonly thought of as psychopathology is seen as creative adaptive behavior appropriate to the environment in which it was developed but not to current situation.
- The Gestalt approach embraces the whole of a person’s life experience — physical, psychological, intellectual, emotional, interpersonal and spiritual.
- The Gestalt approach is more interested in the awareness of process (thinking, feeling and doing) or “what” and “how” a person does what he or she does than in “why” a specific action takes place. How action is created is more important than why it is created if one is interested in facilitating change. Awareness of “how” gives the person genuine choice and hence the option of change and responsibility.
- The relationship between the Gestalt therapist and the client has enormous potential because it is a laboratory which can be observed directly. The Gestalt therapist is more interested in the verifiable experience of the client than in the interpretation by the therapist.
We may use expressive techniques, such as sandtray, both with children and adults. Sand tray therapy allows a person to construct his or her own microcosm using miniature toys and sand. The scene created acts as a reflection of the person’s own life and allows him or her the opportunity to resolve conflicts, remove obstacles, and gain acceptance of self.