The practice of Gestalt therapy relies at its core on the use of self as instrument. Rather than “instrument” meaning one who provokes a cathartic experience involving “pillow bashing” or who uses techniques such as “two chair” work, instrument is understood as the facilitation of healing through meeting. Meeting in this sense requires the therapist to be available as a guide with specialist skills and knowledge and, equally important, available as a person able to share immediate experience cleanly.

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