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Fritz Perls

Fritz Perls - the founder of Gestalt therapy

Frederick or Friedrich Salomon Perls (July 8 1893, Berlin - March 14 1970, Chicago) entered the history as Fritz Perls, a famous psychiatrist and psychotherapist. He was a Jew born in Germany, who developed absolutely new approach in psychotherapy. According to this theory, one of the primary objectives of Gestalt therapy is the ability to restore the self-awareness which is lost when a psychological disorder becomes evident. This is accomplished by restoring the individual's ability to differentiate, which helps the individual to identify what is and what is not a true part of the self, what provides the individual with a sense of self-realization and achievement and what leads to frustration. Thanks to him the term of Gestalt therapy came into view. It is based on Gestalt psychology and Hans-Jurgen Walter's Gestalt Theory Psychotherapy. His wife Laura Perls also contributed to the development of the Gestalt psychotherapy.



Fritz Perls Photo Gallery

Frederick Perls, Berlin, 1923
Frederick Perls, Berlin, 1923
Frederick and Laura Perls - in a park outside Berlin shortly after their wedding day, 1930
Frederick and Laura Perls - in a park outside Berlin shortly after their wedding day, 1930
Reading a newspaper in South Africa, c.1940
Reading a newspaper in South Africa, c.1940
Frederick Perls in the uniform of the South African Army, 1944
Frederick Perls in the uniform of the South African Army, 1944
Frederick Perls, New York City, 1955
Frederick Perls, New York City, 1955
"Fritz" Perls on his first visit to the Esalen Institute in 1964
"Fritz" Perls on his first visit to the Esalen Institute in 1964
Dressed to kill - Esalen, 1969
Dressed to kill - Esalen, 1969
Sisters: Else, Margariet and Frederick Perls, Germany, 1900
Sisters: Else, Margariet and Frederick Perls, Germany, 1900
Stan Grof and Fritz Perls
Stan Grof and Fritz Perls
Laura
Laura Perls, Photo mid-1980s
Laura Perls
Laura Perls
Laura Perls
Laura Perls







Perls with "Little Fritz" doll during the last workshop he ever ran.
Perls with "Little Fritz" doll during the last workshop he ever ran.
Fritz Perls at Esalen
Fritz Perls at Esalen