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.

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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

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.

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.


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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