Gestalt Therapy is a powerful experienced based psychotherapy focusing on the relationship between you and the therapist in the here and now. A Gestalt Therapist is always curious and attentive, giving attention to all of you. For most people gestalt therapy is their first experience of being truly listened to by someone who is fully present.
This style of therapy will free you to explore self supportive behaviour, first in the safety of your sessions and then, as appropriate, in the outside world. The emphasis of the therapy is not just on talking about what has happened but on fully experiencing what is happening now, and how you want your life to be.
Gestalt Therapy embraces the philosophies of phenomenology, field theory, dialogue and contemporaneity. Gestalt therapy emphasises a relational perspective in the understanding of human experience. Attention is paid to a person's whole life experience - physical, psychological, intellectual, emotional, interpersonal and spiritual. Each of these interconnected aspects of living is considered inseparable from a person's immediate context, personal history, culture, relationships and aspirations for the future.
As a Gestalt therapist I work with people to develop their awareness of how they are in the world. I support individuals on a journey of self discovery through understanding vital areas of development including emotional development, identity, responses to the world, awareness, process of enquiry, living skills and capacity for self responsibility.
My personal style as a therapist is attentive, compassionate and supportive, you will experience being listened to and responded to genuinely.
This therapeutic process helps you work through unfinished business and learn to experience and appreciate your full beingness.
Gestalt Therapy encourages improvisation and helps remove any creative and emotional blocks.
In Gestalt Therapy the past is not neglected, but its importance is not in what happened then, but in how it affects now.
Gestalt theory is concerned with the whole person, encouraging a balance between body, feeling, intellect and imagination.
Gestalt Therapy stresses individual responsibility and awareness of present psychological and physical needs.
The Gestalt therapeutic process enhances the possibility of personal development and understanding.
Gestalt helps you develop a greater awareness of how you relate to yourself and others.
Discover the behaviour patterns you have developed and decide whether these strategies have outlived their usefulness.
Therapy sessions frequently address issues like low self-esteem and help people to gain a stronger sense of self.
Gestalt Therapy encourages the expression of feelings or thoughts into action in order to observe them clearly.
Therapy often includes homework, behavioural experiments, role-playing, assertiveness training, and self management training.
Gestalt is, above all, the constant search for harmony, a better quality of life and happiness.
I consider myself fortunate for having spent time sharing with Sherridan. She is wise, compassionate, nurturing and supportive.
Sherridan, Thank you for providing a warm and safe space for me, to explore and challenge my fears and doubts. You were always interested and fully present as you met me at the intellectual plain where I was most comfortable and from there you gently encouraged and supported me, to explore emotions that I kept hidden for more than six decades. You helped me shed my fears of emotional experience and intimacy. My personal life and my work with my own clients are richer and deeper for our time together.
Working with Sherridan has changed my life. With her help, I've uncovered the hidden dynamics and beliefs that affected my life and I am a happier, healthier, better balanced and more whole person for having been her client. I can't recommend her highly enough. Sherridan is a highly skilled, intuitive and compassionate therapist.
Sherridan has been a wonderful role model and mentor in not only my professional life but also my private one. She has had such a wonderful and interesting life, and uses this experience as well as her further education to provide rounded, non judgmental advice. She is an extremely warm and open minded individual who I’m very glad to have met!