GETME’s approach to counseling & therapy is broadly humanistic. This means we see you as a whole person, with your own unique history, thoughts, emotions, physical experience, spirituality, etc. We don’t treat disorders — we treat people.
People come to counseling and therapy because, in one way or another, they don’t feel good. For this reason, we want to work as directly as possible with your felt experience. We want you to have you feelings, rather than your feelings having you.
Your counselor at GETME will listen and understand as you share your stories. As you talk, you’ll be gently encouraged to direct your attention to your moment-by-moment experience: the bodily-felt, emotionally tinged “feeling” of being you. Paradoxically, as you attend to these internal experiences, your feelings will noticeably shift. There is nothing mystical about this — it’s actually very concrete. Feelings feel like something, and the body is constantly adjusting to new input.
Your counselor will help you attend to the “what” and “how” of these shifts. (We know you want to know “why,” but such an emphasis tends to pull you out of your body and back up into your head — precisely where you keep getting lost. Anyway, the “why” will be obvious once you’ve got the “what” and “how.”)
You and your counselor will explore your experience in great detail — especially along the fuzzy, unclear edges. Through this exploration, you’ll gradually come to greater awareness and clarity of the full range of your experience — including the strong, healthy, helpful resources you may have overlooked. These previously overlooked parts are going to move you forward in your life.
The Gestalt Experiment
After you and your counselor have gotten to know each other a bit, your counselor may occasionally propose small exercises or “experiments” to try during the session. These exercises of attention or behavior may prove to be powerful assistants in helping you notice and incorporate your unused parts.
If you’re ready to make an appointment, contact us.