Therapists remain persons within their clinical role; they practice within their personal “styles” shaped by their life experiences. These “styles” include knowledge gained from their personal interests, education, clinical training, clinical experience and continuing engagement in the field. In this light, how else can a therapist authentically ask the question “how are you” and be open for the fullest of all answers?

From “Situated Ethics and the Ethical World of Gestalt Therapy” Bloom, 2011

Who I am: psychotherapist, teacher, writer, editor

I have been in the private practice of psychotherapy in downtown Manhattan for more than 30 years. I have been teaching and supervising psychotherapists for nearly as long.

My training was with Laura Perls – one of the founders of gestalt therapy – as well as with other influential developers of gestalt therapy, such as Isadore From, Richard Kitzler, and Patrick Kelley at the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy.

I am fellow of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy, the first gestalt therapy institute in the world. I am member of the European Association for Gestalt Therapy.

I am adjunct faculty of Gestalt Associates of New York, the Gestalt Center of New York, Portland Gestalt Therapy Institute, The Center for Somatic Studies NY, and visiting international faculty, Istituto di Gestalt HCC, Syracuse, Italy.

In addition to teaching at those psychotherapy institutes, I conduct workshops and lead both online and in-person seminars as an independent trainer. I present papers, lecture and offer workshops at conferences worldwide.

My writings about psychotherapy are widely published and translated into many languages.

I am the former editor-in-chief of the international journal, Studies-in-Gestalt Therapy: Dialogical Bridges, an associate editor of the Gestalt Review, English language and book review editor of the Quaderni di Gestalt, and senior consulting editor, Ravenwood Press. I am on the Scientific Board of the Gestalt Therapy Book Series of the Istituto di Gestalt HCC.

In addition to being Fellow of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy, I am also its former (2-term) president. I am past-president of the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy, as well.

I have a Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law. I practiced law before I became a psychotherapist.

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