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

Seminars in progress

This 8-session, 90 minute webinar focuses on the “relational” self in terms of its development from the original 1951 model in Gestalt Therapy, Excitement and Growth in the Human Personality, by Perls, Hefferline, and Goodman (PHG).

We carefully read and discuss selected sections of PHG so that participants get a clear understanding of the 1951 model. The original theory will be compared and contrasted with various contemporary views of theory/practice from a “relational perspective.”

How gestalt therapy theory/practice applies to our actual clinical work is an essential part of this webinar. Members are encouraged to bring clinical examples into the webinar for discussion.

This webinar is an opportunity to learn the original 1951 PHG model.

Learning objectives

Our focus is on the original theory and how gestalt therapy theory/practice developed over the decades to a relational perspective and how its core concepts changed and are changing, as well.  These concepts include:

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


General Information

The webinar is appropriate to intermediate to advanced practitioners.

The webinar is recorded. The recording available to members to download.

The time and day is to be arranged. The fee is $540 USD.

Contact me at dan.bloom@me.com or through the link on this website.

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Current Offering


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



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


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