My Beliefs, Values, and Clinical Gestalt with Individuals and Systems

Essay by sapphire24dCollege, UndergraduateB+, August 2010

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Each individual person is brought up to believe in something, whether it be religion or personal values, so to become a clinician means that each of these beliefs and values need to be put aside while treating a patient. In order to build a trusting relationship with the client, the therapist will need to be able to put themselves into the client's position, without judging or analyzing the client. The therapist will have to put aside their biases and prejudices in order to suspend their expectations and assumptions. As a human being, we are all subject to pre-conceive and anticipate what a person will be like before even meeting them. This causes the clinician to jump to conclusions which in the long run are going to be very different than what they assumed.

As a clinician I believe I should encourage the client to grow and develop in ways that foster the well being of the client and their friends and family. In order to be aware of my clients needs, I need to set aside my values, beliefs and behaviors that may impose beliefs and values that are inconsistent with my clients. I would like to create an ongoing sense of trust, partnership and appropriate boundaries with my clients to ensure that they are comfortable and trust my opinions. I plan to remain warm and caring, and show my client acceptance and responsibility. I will maintain confidentiality to my best abilities and establish a way that my client can communicate openly and freely with me as their therapist. My clinician gestalt will help me to motivate my client to move toward their goal on their own, not by me telling or showing them how to do it.

Gestalt Therapy is an existential and experimental psychotherapy that focuses on the...