Gestalt Therapy at Banyan Treatment Centers

At Banyan Treatment Centers, we pride ourselves on having the most flexible and effective forms of addiction treatment. Our team is comprised of highly skilled and exceptionally caring individuals who use the best therapy practices to help our patients achieve their recovery goals. Our staff members create individualized plans for each of our patients to ensure that each of their needs is met during their time with us. We believe in offering a wide variety of therapies and treatment approaches so we can help as many people recover from addiction as possible. One of the treatment programs offered at our nationwide drug and alcohol treatment centers is gestalt therapy, which is at the top of the list of beneficial therapies for individuals in addiction recovery.


What Is Gestalt Therapy?

Gestalt therapy is a form of psychoanalytic therapy that’s centered on helping patients build self-awareness and healthy responses to stress in recovery. The founder of gestalt therapy was German psychiatrist Frederick “Fritz” S. Perls, who created this therapy technique alongside his wife Laura in the 1940s.1 Fritz created this form of psychoanalytic therapy based on the belief that healthy people organize their experiences and perceptions into needs and respond appropriately to each of those needs. Simply put, the basic goal of gestalt therapy is to help people become aware of sensations and emotions within themselves and their environment to ensure that the individual is aware of what they’re feeling, why they feel that way, and how to properly manage those feelings. It helps them focus on the present rather than the past or the future. However, once the person becomes aware of their present conflicts, they can then tackle their past conflicts.

Gestalt therapy techniques include the dramatization of conflicts to help patients better understand their problems. It’s a hands-on form of therapy in which clients are invited to work with their therapists to understand every side of the conflict. For instance, patients may be asked to play the role of another person that was involved in a particular situation. Like the other unique programs and therapies offered at Banyan, the goals of gestalt therapy are to promote all-around healing and addiction recovery.


Gestalt Therapy for Addiction at Our Drug Addiction Treatment Center

During gestalt therapy, patients will be able to build self-awareness and self-esteem as they learn more about the connection between their emotions and their addiction. They’ll learn how to focus on their present and work their way back into past situations to identify the source of their addiction. Gestalt therapy techniques help patients identify problematic thought patterns and learn how to readjust those patterns. In doing so, they’ll also learn strategies to cope with addiction triggers, temptations, stress, and other common recovery challenges. We use this form of therapy alongside our addiction treatment to streamline the recovery process and mitigate as many challenges as possible. We believe that patients can never be too prepared for addiction recovery.

Gaining a better understanding of yourself, your thoughts, and how you react to certain situations is beneficial to your recovery. This can also help you understand how addiction affects relationships, performance at work and school, and how you feel about yourself. Identifying the proper ways to manage stressful and difficult situations is imperative to staying on track in addiction recovery.


Addiction recovery is an in-depth process, and we’re here to help you through every step of the way. For more information about Banyan Treatment Centers, our nationwide locations, or our levels of care, contact us today.


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At Banyan Treatment Center our goal is to make sure that anyone who needs treatment from drug and alcohol addiction are able to get the help needed to assist them on the road to recovery. If you don't have insurance contact us to inquire about alternate methods regarding treatment for yourself or a loved one.

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