Gestalt therapy is a form of psychotherapy that emphasizes personal responsibility, and that focuses upon the individual’s experience at this current moment, therapists–patient relationship, the environment and social contexts of a client’s life, and the self-regulating adjustments patients’ make as a result of their situation. Gestalt therapy was developed by Fritz Perls in the 1940s and 1950s. Joel Latner stated that Gestalt therapy is built upon two key ideas: that most helpful focus of psychotherapy is the crucial present moment, and that everyone is caught in webs of relationships; thus, it is only possible to know ourselves against the background of our other relationships. The historical development of Gestalt therapy (disclosed below) describes the influences that generated these two ideas.Gestalt therapy was formed from various influences upon the lives of it’s founders during the times in which they lived, including: the new physics, Eastern religion, existential phenomenology, Gestalt psychology, psychoanalysis, as well as field theory. Gestalt therapy rose from its beginnings in the middle of the 20th century to rapid and widespread popularity. During the ’70s and ’80s Gestalt therapy training centers spread world wide. As the cognitive revolution encapsulated Gestalt theory in psychology, many came to believe Gestalt was an anachronism. Because Gestalt therapists confounded the positivism underlying what they perceived to be the concern of research, they largely ignored and/or utilized research to further develop Gestalt theory and Gestalt therapy practic. However, the new decades has seen a tremendous change in attitudes toward research and Gestalt practice due to it’s wide spread testimonies and praises of it’s practice and help in so many lives.