Through awareness of thought patterns and behaviours, you'll learn to remove the blocks, and move towards true self-awareness and happiness.
What is Gestalt therapy?
Gestalt therapy is a form of psychotherapy that emphasises personal responsibility and works on understanding the conscious aspects of our present lived experience as well as bringing the unconscious aspects into awareness.
It focuses on your experience in the present moment, the environmental and social contexts of your life, and the self-regulating adjustments you may have made as a result of your overall situation.
With a strong emphasis on support, Gestalt therapy uses a relational approach where client and therapist work together, co-creating a healing relationship.
Gestalt therapy is grounded in awareness and centred in the present.
What that means is that even though we might be talking about a past event or a future concern, the therapist will always bring it back to the here and now.
Gestalt therapy treats issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, self-esteem, relationship difficulties, loss and grief, and trauma.
The word “Gestalt” means whole. People are whole entities consisting of body, mind, and soul, and are best understood when viewed through their own eyes; not by looking back into the past but by bringing the past into the present.
Gestalt Therapist Micki Mayo
Micki completed her Master’s degree in Gestalt Therapy in 2019. She is also a certified yoga teacher with over 15 years’ experience in group and private settings. Based in Melbourne, she specialises in the treatment of anxiety, depression and trauma through psychotherapy, yoga and mindfulness practises.
Micki is passionate about integrating yoga and mindfulness into mental health and trauma treatment. She has worked with victims of sexual assault, war veterans and their families, and people with alcohol or drug addiction.
Micki has an interest in trauma and treatment-resistant Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She is a qualified Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) teacher.
Over the years she has refined how she offers support to students and clients to involve their bodies in the process of moving on from trauma.
What to expect
Part of the first session will be an introduction to Gestalt and what to expect. It will be an opportunity to ask questions and get to know each other before we move into actual therapy. This is the first step in building a trusting relationship and safe environment for us to work within, and for me to start to understand the core issues that brought you to therapy. I will gather relevant information about your history and personal background. We will also discuss possible goals and contracts for our work together.
My work as a therapist holds at its core a warm, gentle, empathic and non-judgemental approach and is both supportive and challenging as needed.
From the safety of the therapeutic relationship you can gain more understanding of how you relate to the important people in your life and the world in general. Here you will have the opportunity to recognise and practise thinking, feeling and relating in new and positive ways.
The way I work incorporates relational psychotherapy as well as mindfulness practises, somatics and other creative experiential approaches to facilitate personal growth and balance.
Gestalt therapy will help you better understand yourself and how the choices you make affect your health and your relationships. With this self-awareness you will begin to understand how your emotional and physical selves are connected and develop more confidence to start living a richer, fuller and more meaningful life.
“To listen is to lean in softly, with a willingness to be changed by what we hear”