About Gestalt

Who is Gestalt Therapy For?

This approach to well being is for any individual, couple, family or group in search of clarity, authentic communication and a genuine respect of who they are.  Gestalt Therapy is an innovative approach in pursuit of awareness and honest contact.  Through the process of Gestalt Therapy one is invited to experience their aliveness, their obstructions to aliveness, and their personal truth.  Participants will learn to compassionately be with what their current experiences are, and explore what else is possible.

The word “Gestalt” is defined as: an organized whole that is perceived as more than the sum of its parts. Gestalt Therapy origins, as implied in it’s definition, are more than the sum of it’s parts; one of which was Fritz Perls, the “discoverer, or re-discoverer of Gestalt Therapy”. Fritz Pearls played a significant role in the formulation of Gestalt theory and practice. To learn more about Dr. Fritz Perls go to Wkipedia.org

Why the Arizona Gestalt Institute was Created

In our culture there is a lack of authentic contact and Gestalt Therapy is a bridge on which people can experience themselves and others with genuine regard.

To educate professionals and lay people about a form of therapy that is creative, authentic, and paradoxical


General Applications for Therapy

Physical and emotional safety is the cornerstone for any form of healing and any and all efforts are made to ensure safety. Confidentiality of one’s privacy is maintained within the boundaries of current ethics and laws.

Tony J. Himes, MS, LMFT will be the therapist providing all therapeutic services (Individual, Couples, Family, Family Consultation and Group Therapy).

Therapy

  • Individual Therapy

    In the individual therapy setting a person is seen privately with the therapist to address pressing concerns. The Gestalt approach is not the Dr. Phil approach (No disrespect of Dr. Phil intended). You will not be told what is wrong or what you “should “ be doing. Instead, you will be compassionately challenged to become introspective and curious about who you are, what your needs are and how those needs may or may not be being met.

    These are a collection of quotes from individuals who have participated in the Gestalt process. They are here to provide a general sense of the spirit of Gestalt Individual Therapy. Enjoy!
    • I find myself in my vulnerability
    • I don’t know what to do and that doesn’t mean I’m doomed
    • There’s great joy and sometimes pain in the truth
    • I’m Alive
    • Fear is excitement without breath
    • The work ahead of you is to live what you’ve declared
    • Anxiety equals energy in need of expression
    • I knew I found what I wanted even though I didn’t know what I was looking for
    • Find your original face
    • I need something I don’t have
    • I want to be fulfilled before I die
    • My heart is suffering
    • There is no self unless there is struggle
    • Being adult is being able to support my own path
    • I like me a lot when I’m not me
    • I’m buried under anger
    • I don’t know how to be, so I just freeze
    • I’m a composite of all that has come before me
    • Denial is a way to accept the unacceptable
    A sliding scale fee is established for each service: Individual therapy fee is $70 to $125 – 50 to 80 minutes

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  • Couples Therapy

    In this dynamic form of therapy couples are asked to consider what is important or matters to them individually and collectively as a couple. The focus of therapy is authentic contact devoid of blame and shame.

    “Thank you, Tony for all your help! We appreciated your genuine and impartial approach to couples counseling. We both felt supported by you and never felt blamed or ganged up upon. Our marriage is much stronger and loving because of you. Thanks again!” — C & S

    These are a collection of quotes from couples who have participated in the Gestalt process. They are here to provide a general sense of the spirit of Gestalt Couples Therapy. Enjoy!
    • It’s complex and trivial
    • It’s only intensity
    • I’m willing to have the wound of love
    • As long as there’s patience, there’s possibility
    • You can ask for everything
    • The shit’s already hit the fan
    • Exceptional experience is crucial
    • I really want to hit you right now
    • If you don’t do conflict, you do alienation
    • Try not to disrupt someone’s heart
    • I’m going to demand that you hang around while I finish what you started with me
    • You can’t love and be in control at the same time
    • There’s always a hangover after the honeymoon
    • That’s your opinion of me, but I have the last opinion of myself
    • It was a glorious moment, but the shit’s still there
    • I want you to be flawed
    A sliding scale fee is established for each service: Couples therapy fee is $90 to $140 – 60 to 90 minutes

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  • Family Therapy

    Most struggles or difficulties occur within a relational dynamic and the Gestalt approach to working with families addresses all the many forms in which family members support and frustrate one another through an attempt to meet some need. This form of family therapy observes the family as a whole and brings attention to qualities or areas within the family that are out of balance with the intention of restoring stability.

    Family therapy sessions are typically 60 to 90 minutes in length.

    These are a collection of quotes from individuals who have participated in the Gestalt process. They are here to provide a general sense of the spirit of Gestalt Family Therapy. Enjoy!
    • Do you see me?
    • We are all champions of different sorts
    • The disease of addiction kills the glory of the spirit and soul
    • I think you haven’t complained enough in your life, you’re a little too understanding
    • When we deny responsibility, we have no power
    • Embrace resistance
    • There is beauty in the mess
    A sliding scale fee is established for each service: Family therapy fee is $90 to $140 – 60 to 90 minutes

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  • Parenting Consultation

    Through my experiences as a parent, therapeutic foster parent, therapist and parenting educator I have noticed that many parents see themselves as isolated and set apart from other families. This sense of isolation can limit parents in their ability to be effective in their role as family leaders. The Parenting Consultation component of my practice is designed to support relational parenting. At the heart of effective parenting is a quality relationship with the child they are attempting to parent. Parent Consultation can be a resource to problem solve difficult situation and develop strategies for intervention.

    Parent Consultation time frames vary from 15 minutes to an hour.

    A sliding scale fee is established for each service: Parenting Consultation fee is $15 to $25 – 15 minutes

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  • Group Therapy

    This approach brings together an assortment of common minded individuals to resolve current and historical issues which are interfering with their ongoing development and growth.

    Typically groups are formed by one or two individuals in search of creating a therapeutic community experience. Groups can be run weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or in whatever time frame works for the community of group members. Groups can be conducted as a weekend intensive (6 to 8 hours of therapy each day of the weekend) or a one day marathon group (12 to 16 hours).

    There is flexibility in the structure of this approach.

    These are a collection of quotes from groups who have participated in the Gestalt process. They are here to provide a general sense of the spirit of Gestalt Group Therapy. Enjoy!
    • It’s only intensity!
    • Assume you are a latent everything
    • Strong people have sadness
    • In life there is always something missing
    • The preciousness of the moment is truth
    • Attend to that which has heart and meaning
    • Money without soul is empty
    • Rushing through the passing of time
    • Feeling the pain of doing something I don’t like
    • No matter how much support we get from others, we are alone
    • I’ve been in the desert of not being wanted
    • People who don’t change and grow are incrediby boring
    • I’m sitting here in the agony and the ecstasy
    • I used to be a sex symbol, but now I’m a grandmother
    • You’re cute, but you have a foolhardy disregard for reality
    • She’s been to hell and has come back to report
    A sliding scale fee is established for each service: Group therapy fee is $100 to $125 – 60 minutes

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  • Additional information

    Tony J. Himes, MS, LMFT will be the therapist providing all therapeutic services (Individual, Couples, Family, Family Consultation and Group Therapy).

    All fees can be discussed.  It is my desire not to deny any individual, couple or family service because of monetary strife.  If you have a strong desire to address and resolve emotional matters do not let money be your excuse, I will work with you.

    Insurance

    All insurances have different guidelines and processes for receiving services, it is the person seeking services responsibility to know what their insurance covers, the extent of their coverage, the billing process etc. If you are wanting to go through an insurance company, I will work with you as best as I can in this pursuit.

  • It’s complex and trivial
  • Exceptional experience is crucial
  • Willing to have the wound of Love
  • You can ask for everything
  • If you don’t do conflict you do alienation
  • Individuality is all
  • I find myself in my vulnerability
  • Tap into the flow of your awareness
  • It’s only intensity

Phone

Phone
(928) 848-1111
Email
info@azgestaltinstitute.com

Street

Address
3259 N. Wisdom Way
Prescott, AZ 86305

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