The Gestalt Counseling and Training Institute of Ann Arbor

Holistic Therapy for Mind, Body and Soul

Fritz Perls is credited with much of the development of "awareness theory". His work emphasized a phenomenological and subjective approach to therapy, based on the notion that many of us split off our experience (thoughts, sensations, emotions) that are uncomfortable. A primary goal of his therapeutic style was to move people into owning their experience, which would aid the mending of their fragmented view into a healthy gestalt (or whole). Perls' book, Gestalt Therapy Verbatim, is an interesting description of this approach drawn from transcripts of his work.