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What are the strengths and weaknesses of Gestalt therapy?

Strengths

Gestalt therapy is said to help individuals gain a better understanding of how their emotional and physical needs are connected. People can learn that awareness of the present leads to an understanding of their behaviour and feelings.

Gestalt therapy can benefit those who find it difficult to express themselves fully. This therapy helps them process their emotions and express them well. It is good for those who need an introspective approach.

It has been found to be effective for managing stress, anxiety, addiction, PTSD, depression, and other psychological problems. Overall it helps people to be more confident and aware of themselves.

Weaknesses

Limitations of Gestalt therapy simply means that this kind of therapy is not suitable for certain individuals or certain problems.

For instance, even though this therapy is beneficial for a wide range of psychological problems, it is not best suited for those with major personality disorders, psychosis, or schizophrenia.

Another limitation is that the Gestalt approach does not have a clear definition of human development, as it is more concerned with ‘how’ than ‘why’. Hence problems that might be developmental in nature do not have a proper theoretical explanation in the Gestalt framework.

This therapy can also be seen as majorly self- centered, and challenging rather than supportive for the clients.

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