Q. What does Gestalt mean?
A. Gestalt is the German noun for whole: a set of elements, such as a person’s thoughts and experiences, considered as a whole, and regarded as amounting to more than the sum of its parts. Gestalt therapy is based on theories that have developed over many years since the 1940s.
Q. How is Gestalt Therapy different from other forms of psychotherapies?
A. Gestalt Therapy is client-directed, in-the-moment therapy. This means that as the client shares what is going on in their lives, the therapist then works with how the information is being presented. During the session, the therapist is able to bring client behaviors and concerns into the present, finding the point of origin and often reframing life defining moments in a present context.
Q. How many sessions will I need to have?
A. As the client and therapist work together, it will become clear when the work is feeling complete. Some clients have had the experience of having as many as 3 “AHA” (epiphany) moments in one session.
Q. How long is each session?
A. One-on-one sessions are 50 minutes in length. Couples sessions are one hour in length.
Q. What is your fee for service?
A. My fee is $120 for one-on-one sessions and $150 for couples sessions.
Q. How will my privacy be protected?
A. All inquiries and sessions are strictly confidential.
Q. Should I consider Gestalt Therapy if I have been part of other types of therapy previously?
A. Yes. If you have had other types of psychotherapy experiences in the past, you will soon become aware how a Gestalt Therapist includes you in the process to promote self-awareness. You will learn what your own triggers are, in-the-moment, and how you are resistant to undesirable or unsatisfactory behaviors. You are then equipped to identify these triggers in your everyday life and determine how to better manage them.
Q. Will your fee for service be covered by my insurance /benefit package from my place of employment?
A. Yes. I am registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO): Registration #003758. I recommend contacting your insurance/benefit representative to provide them with my registration number prior to booking with me.