The Cycle of Experience is a core Gestalt conceptual tool for tracking correspondence between awareness, choice, and self-responsible action. The Cycle models how needs and wants are ideally sensed, articulated, engaged with, acted upon, satisfied, and assimilated through meaning-making processes. Particularly when a change is needed or desired, successfully integrating internal and external reality requires moving “full circle” through the Cycle. The Cycle has 6 phases: Sensation, Awareness, Energy, Action, Contact, and Closure (or Withdrawal). When movement through the Cycle is blocked or interrupted, the client does not reach satisfaction or closure.