Online Video Seminar

The “relational” self: Contemporary Phenomenological Perspectives in Gestalt therapy

Established practitioners and advanced trainees
Seminars in progress

This 8-session, 90-minute seminar focuses on the “relational” self from the original 1951 model in Gestalt Therapy, Excitement and Growth in the Human Personality, by Perls, Hefferline, and Goodman (PHG) and how it relates to various contemporary views of theory/practice from a “relational perspective.” It offers members a relevant understanding of the basic PHG.

We read and discuss selections from PHG and from various contemporary gestalt therapy sources – and apply what we discover to our clinical practices. Members are encouraged to bring clinical examples into the seminar for discussion. We also attend to the group experience of each session. The seminar is an experiment in online gestalt group process.

Learning objectives

Our focus is on how gestalt therapy theory/practice shifted its figural attention from the individual to the person-in-relation in terms of core concepts, such as:

  • organism/environment field
  • contact-boundary
  • sequence of contacting
  • self process and function
  • creative-adjusting
  • aesthetic of contacting
  • gestalt diagnosis

I present gestalt therapy as a particular clinical phenomenology and introduce concepts from phenomenology (such as, intentionality, lived-body, and life-world (Lebenswelt) into contemporary gestalt therapy practice.

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General Information

Seminars are recorded for download by seminar members. The time and day of the seminar will be decided by the seminar members and me. The fee is $540.00. The seminar is appropriate for advanced-beginning trainees to established practitioners. Contact me at +1 212 674 0404 or through the contact form that is provided below.


Current Offering

Online Video Seminar

El self “relacional”: Perspectivas fenomenológicas contemporáneas en terapia gestalt


Online Video Seminar

Understanding the “Essentials” of Gestalt Therapy by Perls, Hefferline and Goodman


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220 West Fifteenth Street
Suite 1B New York, NY 10011
(212) 674-0404 (voice and text)