I’m wondering if there is value in starting a blog.
If so, I don’t know for whom the value would be – current clients, potential clients, casual readers, other gestalt therapists, myself, other therapists who want to learn more about gestalt principles, etc. Truthfully, I am not sure if I have a preference of a target audience. One of the tenets of gestalt therapy is ‘creative pre-commitment,’ the idea of moving one’s energy into a space, having beneficent intentions, without an attachment to the form of the outcome. (This part of gestalt is consistent with parts of yoga.) I am beginning this blog with this creative pre-commitment. We will see what shape it takes.
As a personal disclaimer and as an expression of my resistances to starting this blog, I don’t consider myself a strong writer. I consider myself a strong therapist, thinker, teacher, believer, creative to a fault, but not a strong writer. I’m often disappointed in the flow of my written words once I look back at them.
There’s also a professional/legal disclaimer at the bottom of this post, to which I plan to point for every subsequent post. There are lawyers in the world.
I also plan to listen to music whenever I want to get the writing juices flowing. I’m going to list this music in a jocular way as “This Piece Pairs Best With: [song].” (Performance Enhancers were used in the creation of that last sentence: jocular / thesaurus). This piece, for example, pairs best with: Eluvium – New Animals From the Air.
A mission statement seems like a fitting first post.
Gestalt Development Center, and all of my movements as a human being, rest on three pillars from three heavy-hitters.
John wrote how Jesus redundantly asked Peter, “do you love me?” Then, when Peter kept affirming he did, Jesus kept repeating the instruction, “then feed my sheep.” It is a brief, circular, redundant passage which drives the point home. Secondly, Fritz Perls said, “all we’re ever doing is backfeeding,” when he was summing up gestalt therapy in a very tiny nutshell. I love the word-connection of ‘feeding’ and the overlap of a deep, religious mission with the technical application of a complex therapy theory. I am much more familiar with the works of Jesus and Perls than I am of Einstein and, honestly, I don’t even know if this is an accurate Einstein quote (didn’t Abraham Lincoln do a facebook status about being frustrated with all the misquotes?) The quote that I’ve seen attributed to Einstein is, “in the end, I hope you can say you’ve given more to the world than what you’ve taken from it.” Those are the three interlocking pillars.
There is a ‘giving’ and ‘feeding’ component to my work and this makes me feel very good about the beautiful moments I have with my clients. I truly believe when gestalt therapy is done well, both the client and the therapist receive very rich rewards, whether these rewards are framed for the afterlife or whether they are emphasized in the immediate, psychological growth of the people involved. There is absolutely no need for a gestalt therapist to have a religious connection to doing the work (Perls was an avid atheist and would describe the neurosis of a person who ‘always believed God was looking at them’) but, for me, it does. There is also no need for a client to have a religious goal in therapy but, for some clients, it does.
As far as future posts, two offshoots of these thoughts can be (1) the overlaps and contrasts of gestalt therapy and Rogerian therapy. Both have the common value of ‘backfeeding’ but, when other ingredients like energy flow, horizontalization and systems theory are added, gestalt can sometimes have a different emphasis of what is backfed. (2) Why both participants (therapists and client) benefit from gestalt therapy – an examination of growth, authenticity and the contact boundary. There’s a good chance those will be future posts for the next time I sit down and put some music on.
Thanks for reading. Take care and best wishes.
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