New Aspects of Contemporary Gestalt Therapy from a Relational Perspective

Seminars in progress

This 90-minute bi- -weekly webinar focuses on the relational perspective in gestalt therapy as it developed from the original 1951 model in Gestalt Therapy, Excitement and Growth in the Human Personality, by Perls, Hefferline, and Goodman (PHG).

Selected sections of PHG are read and critically discussed and challenged so that participants get a clear understanding of the 1951 model from a present relational perspective. We see how the core ideas today are different from those in that original model. Gestalt therapy approaches based on the PHG model have been changing to maintain their relevance to changing clinical situations and society.
The original theory is compared and contrasted with various contemporary views of theory/practice represented by different gestalt therapists, whose articles we also read and discuss.

The emphasis in the seminar is on new models of gestalt therapy that arise from the critical examination of the original theory and relating it to our present situation. We draw on such fields as phenomenology to discover innovative ways to approach our work. Novel concepts that I have developed such as the aesthetic of contacting, the relational function of self, intentionalities, and gestalt therapy as a clinical phenomenology, will be discussed.

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 discussion. The webinar is both didactive and interactive.

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Our focus is on the original theory, how it has changed, and how gestalt therapy theory/practice continues to develop within its relational perspective. Among the concepts we critically explore are:

– organism/environment field
– contact-boundary
– sequence of contacting
– self process and function
– creative-adjusting
– aesthetic of contacting
– intentionalities of contacting
– gestalt therapy clinical phenomenology

The webinar is appropriate to intermediate to advanced practitioners.

The webinar is recorded. The recording available to members to download for their own use.

The time and day is to be arranged depending on time zones of the participants. The fee is $540 USD for the 8 week, and $270 for 4. Lower fees are available depending on the number of registrants.

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

Webinar con traducción al español

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

Psicoterapeutas con un nivel de experiencia medio y avanzado, con traducción al español
Webinar en activo

Este seminario de 8 sesiones de 90 minutos trata sobre el self “relacional” visto desde el modelo de 1951 publicado en Terapia Gestalt: Excitación y crecimiento de la personalidad humana, de Perls, Hefferline y Goodman (PHG)

Leeremos y discutiremos con detalle secciones seleccionadas del PHG para que los participantes puedan llegar a una comprensión clara del modelo de 1951. Compararemos y contrastaremos esta teoría original con varios puntos de vista contemporáneos sobre la teoría/práctica  desde una “perspectiva relacional”.

Una parte esencial de este webinar es de qué manera la teoría/práctica de la terapia gestalt se aplica en nuestro trabajo clínico. Se animará a los miembros a aportar ejemplos clínicos propios para su discusión.

Este webinar es una oportunidad de aprender el modelo original del PHG de 1951.

Sobre la traducción

Estoy animando estos webinars con traducción al español desde 2016. Pueden conocer mis reflexiones sobre el valor de la enseñanza bilingüe como herramienta para conseguir una comprensión más profunda en mi texto Traducir la experiencia.

El webinar se centrará sobre la teoría original y cómo la teoría/práctica de la terapia gestalt se ha desarrollado a lo largo de los años hasta una perspectiva relacional y cómo sus conceptos clave han cambiado y siguen cambiando. Estos conceptos incluyen:

– el campo organismo-entorno
– la frontera-contacto
– la secuencia de contacto
– el proceso del self y sus funciones
– el ajuste-creativo
– la estética del contacto
– el diagnóstico gestáltico
– la terapia gestalt como fenomenología clínica

Este webinar es apropiado para practicantes con una experiencia media y avanzados.

Lo dirijo con traducción del inglés al español.

El webinar se graba. Las grabaciones de las sesiones quedan a disposición de los participantes.

El día y hora está por convenir. La tarifa es de 540 dólares USA.

Pueden contactar conmigo en dan.bloom@me.com o a través del formulario disponible más abajo.


Phenomenology and Gestalt therapy: An Introduction

Open to gestalt therapists
Seminars in progress

This webinar is both an introduction to the philosophical concepts of phenomenology and to contemporary relational gestalt therapy as a clinical phenomenology.

By studying the thinking of major figures in the field of phenomenology and then various contemporary gestalt therapists, we see how the synergistic interaction between phenomenology and gestalt therapy theory and practice opens contemporary gestalt therapy in new directions – and underscores gestalt therapy as a clinical phenomenology. All of this is discussed in terms of our clinical practice

This webinar is in two 6-session parts.

Part One is an introduction to phenomenology. We focus on some basic ideas of Husserl, Heidegger, and Merleau-Ponty, Buber, Levinas that are relevant to gestalt therapy theory and practice. In an introductory way, we look at the phenomenal field, epoché, intentionality, Dasein, temporality, lived-body, life-world, chiasm, dialogue, and the other.

Part Two explicitly addresses the influence phenomenological concepts from Part One have on gestalt therapy’s contemporary relational theory and practice.

We read and discuss writings by selected contemporary gestalt therapists, including myself, which have added to gestalt therapy theory and practice such concepts as intentionality of contacting, the aesthetic of contact, the phenomenal field, the gestalt epoché, and the other-as-alien, among others. Basic concepts of gestalt therapy are looked at through a phenomenological lens.

Concrete references to our clinical practices are always made.

Each part consists of six sessions that meet every third week.

Part One may be taken alone but is a prerequisite for Part Two. Anyone interested only in Part Two and already sufficiently familiar with phenomenology, as covered in Part One, may take it separately.

The webinar is appropriate for experienced gestalt therapists and intermediate to advanced trainees.

The 12-sesson seminar is $720 USD. Each Part is $360 USD.

I expect to begin this seminar in Fall, 2018.

I also offer this as a seminar in New York City.

Consult this website for details about my background, experience, writings, and other trainings.

You can contact me from the website or directly at dan.bloom@me.com to register for this webinar or if you would like further information.


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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