‘Therapy is also an art. It’s more of an art than it is a science. It takes a lot of intuition and sensitivity and an overall view means
something very different from a piecemeal association approach. Being an artist is functioning holistically. And being a good therapist also means that.’ Laura Perls
When I read this statement by one of the founders of Gestalt therapy I almost cried, it touched me so deeply. It confirms my inner truth that dawned on me when I became a therapist,
but I did not dare to say it out loud to colleagues who appear to believe that therapy is a science.
Who is Crazy?
My interest in life and human relations started by being the daughter of a veteran of WWII, who
disappeared in a psychiatric institute when I was fourteen. If I knew one thing for certain it was that my beautiful, sensitive, intelligent father although he could behave rather outrageously – was NOT crazy, but the society we lived in was. Having
experienced war as a child from age three to eight I know that life is serious and death is a reality. I know how cruel people can be, how blind and insensitive. Like my father I am passionately committed to exploring the drive behind the behaviour of people
who have the power. My longing is to communicate and connect also with them. I want to understand why people can frustrate and even kill each other, rather than be considered crazy myself. According to Fritz Perls in Gestalt Therapy Verbatim* the theory of
the five layers gives insight into what our undercurrent looks like and is hiding.