Pilot Research Study on Gestalt and Depression January – April 2021

Two online participant positions are available.

In any one year around one million people in Australia will experience depression (beyondblue.com.au). With the impact of COVID these numbers have escalated sharply in 2020. Symptoms of depression are a general orientation towards negative thinking, a heavy bodily feeling and an overall sense of being without hope. Sufferers may find motivation difficult and experience an overall sense of deep sadness and withdrawal.

Expressions of interest are now invited from those aged between 25 and 44 suffering from depressive experiences, to participate in a pilot research study initiated by GANZ (Gestalt Australia and New Zealand). Gestalt Therapy is a psychotherapeutic modality that works in the present to increase awareness and improve the ability for depressed clients to creatively adjust in order to move through the experience of being stuck in negativity.

The study is being co-ordinated by the Research Chair of GANZ, Annie Garrety (Ba Dip T MGesTher) who operates a private practice in Mapleton. The purpose of the study is to explore the efficacy of Gestalt Therapy in alleviating the suffering of depressive experiences and the statistical results will add to the body of knowledge available to treat this condition. The overall efficacy results will eventually be published as part of a larger study in a peer reviewed journal.

For those selected to participate there will be ten sessions overall. They will be run online through individual therapy sessions. Naturally, as a research project, there will be no charge to those volunteers selected to participate. To lodge an expression of interest please contact Annie directly, Ph 0404521248, or email garretya@gmail.com for further information.

Published by Annie Garrety

Counsellor and Psychotherapist Independent Researcher Educator Gestalt Therapy Hypnotherapy

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