Gestalt is humanistic/existential therapy, which believes people are born with the resources and ability to be in rewarding contact with other human beings, and lead a satisfying, creative life. However, often during childhood and sometimes later on, something interrupts this process and a person becomes stuck in fixed patterns and beliefs about themselves that get in the way. Gestalt aims to investigate and uncover how these patterns are still active and affecting a person’s present life. Gestalt therapist supports a person to find new and more creative ways to resolve the problems or crisis they are facing (Joyce & Sills, 2009).
Systemic family therapy
Systemic family therapy is a therapeutic approach focused on changing the interaction of married couples, nuclear or extended family, as well as other interpersonal systems, aiming at elimination of psychological and psychiatric issues which interfere with the functioning of the family and its members.
Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) examines the impact of thoughts on feelings and behaviours. Its techniques are mainly focused on reducing and eliminating symptoms and reestablishment of functionality. This therapy is structured through development of an individual programme for each client, within which the client learns how to achieve the desired change through 10 to 16 sessions. Some of the issues in which CBT has shown good results are anxiety, anger, couple crises and issues in intimate relationships, depression, phobias, non-assertiveness, nicotine addiction, eating disorders and stress.