Online Video Seminar

Classical and Contemporary Gestalt Therapy from a Relational Perspective

Intermediate and advanced clinicians
Seminars in progress

In this intermediate to advanced seminar, we carefully study the classical gestalt therapy model through a critical reading of key sections that I select from of the 1951 founding text, Gestalt Therapy, Excitement and Growth in the Human Personality, by Fritz Perls, Ralph Hefferline, and Paul Goodman.

I give special attention to the sequence of contacting and theory of self model as well as to core concepts such as the organism/environment field, contact-boundary, contacting, creative-adjustment, and the aesthetic criterion that are essential to understanding contemporary gestalt therapy from a relational perspective. We discuss these concepts as they relate to our current practices and in terms of our current knowledge as psychotherapists. We also study and discuss ideas of contemporary gestalt therapists. We relate all theory to actual concrete experience and clinical practice. Participants are encouraged to use this seminar for clinical supervision.

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Understanding the 1951 classical gestalt therapy model by detailed reading of excerpts from the founding text.

Understanding contemporary gestalt therapy from relational perspectives.

Concretely applying classical and contemporary gestalt therapy to clinical practice.

Each seminar meets for 90 minutes approximately every other week for 8 sessions and then resumes for another 8 weeks, focusing on aspects of theory/practice that emerged in the previous seminar. The seminar is open to intermediate and advanced clinicians. Contact me if you are interested.

Online Video Seminar

Terapia gestalt clásica y contemporánea desde una perspectiva relacional

Nivel medio y avanzado con traducción al español
Seminarios en curso


En este seminario intermedio-avanzado estudiaremos con detenimiento el modelo clásico de la terapia gestalt a través de una lectura crítica de secciones clave que propongo del texto fundador de 1951 Terapia Gestalt. Excitación y crecimiento en la personalidad humana, de Fritz Perls, Ralph Hefferline y Paul Goodman.

Pongo especial atención en la secuencia de contacto y la teoría del modelo self, así como a conceptos centrales como el campo organismo/entorno, la frontera-contacto, el contactar, el ajuste-creativo, y el criterio estético, que son esenciales para comprender la terapia gestalt contemporánea desde una perspectiva relacional. En el seminario discutimos estos conceptos en tanto que se relacionan con nuestra práctica, y en términos de nuestros conocimientos actuales como psicoterapeutas. También estudiamos y tratamos ideas de terapeutas gestalt contemporáneos. Ponemos en relación toda la teoría con nuestra práctica clínica concreta y presente, y con nuestra experiencia.

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Comprender el modelo clásico de la terapia gestalt de 1951 mediante una lectura detallada de pasajes del texto fundador.

Comprender la terapia gestalt contemporánea desde perspectivas relacionales.

Aplicar de forma concreta la terapia gestalt clásica y contemporánea a la práctica clínica.

Cada encuentro del seminario tiene una duración de 90 minutos y se da aproximadamente cada quince días durante 8 sesiones, y retoma después en otra edición de 8 sesiones, centrándose en aspectos de la teoría y la práctica que han surgido en el seminario anterior.  El seminario está abierto a terapeutas gestalt de un nivel de conocimientos intermedio y avanzado. Puede contactar conmigo para más información si está interesado.

Online Video Seminar

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

Open to non-gestalt therapists
Seminars in progress

The founding text of gestalt therapy is the 1951 Gestalt Therapy. To many gestalt therapists, it is the text of reference for the theory and practice of gestalt therapy which developed from that model. This is true in spite of the fact that for many trainees, much of the writing in this text is difficult to understand and/or many of the ideas difficult to grasp and misunderstood. Sometimes it is considered merely a classic to be cited but overlooked in favor of more “relevant” or “understandable” gestalt therapy models of theory and practice. This is a mistake.

For many years, I taught Gestalt Therapy the way I was taught at the New York Institute for it by reading the entire book line by line. In this seminar, instead of going through the entire book, I select sections that are basic to the contemporary theory and practice of gestalt therapy. We carefully read these sections together in order to make the theory understandable and relevant to people’s experience, personal and clinical. This is a hermeneutic engagement with the text, a personal way of making gestalt therapy one’s own. It is also a way for non-gestalt therapists to be introduced to gestalt therapy.

Understanding the basics of Gestalt Therapy as the text of reference for contemporary gestalt therapy.

Learning how to read Gestalt Therapy.

Experiencing how to read the text hermeneutically.

Each seminar meets for 90 minutes approximately every other week for 8 sessions and then resumes for another 8 week commitment. The seminar is open to beginning to advanced clinicians. It is open to therapists of any modality. Contact me if you are interested.


I supervise psychotherapists either face-to-face or by online video sessions

Future Offerings

For many years, I have taught a model of gestalt therapy based upon Gestalt Therapy, by Perls Hefferline and Goodman as it is relevant to today’s practice. Building from within and beyond the original model, I’ve expanded our clinical perspective to include phenomenology, pragmatism, existentialism, hermeneutics, as well as relational psychotherapeutic approaches.This is reflected in content of this website, my writings, workshops, presentations and trainings.

The seminars and seminars I offer are on various themes related to contemporary gestalt therapy from a relational perspective.

I am eager to respond to people’s interest in particular themes. I am glad to organize study groups or seminars to address them.

Please contact me to suggest topics for seminars or study groups and to be on my mailing list..

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