I started thinking a lot a few months ago and was diagnosed with depression, I was put on prescription depression drugs to improve my mood but this has not changed. The problem was compounded as I tend to look down at myself and in fact, am not taking the depression drugs any longer. This is the sole reason as to my decision to seek psychiatric therapy. The problem at the moment is presenting with characteristics which include having difficulties relating to other people even relatives, little satisfaction with myself as well as what other perceive me for. Am frequently having conflicts and this is further heightening the stress and life changes. The theory chosen for my problem is Gestalt therapy mainly because the theory focuses on individual awareness.
Gestalt therapy emphasizes the importance of awareness and the method distinguishes acting, perceiving or feeling from interpretation and reshuffling of pre-existing attitudes. Dialogue of perspectives for both therapists and their patients is important and the focus is differences in terms of perspectives. The goal is the patient to be aware of what he is doing, how he is doing it, how to change and also learn to self-value and accept. The focus is on whatever is taking place with an emphasis on what the client is doing, thinking and feeling at the present moment. Basic concepts in the gestalt therapy include phenomenology, perspective, existential perspective, and dialogue between the client and therapist. Four types of dialogue are emphasized which are inclusion, commitment to dialogue presence and dialogue lived.
For successful implementation of this therapy as a therapist, I would focus on creating patience awareness of self, lead them to appreciate what is currently happening and how to change the personal perception of self in order to value themselves better.