Online Video Seminar

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

Established practitioners and advanced trainees
Seminars in progress
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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.

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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.

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.

Online Video Seminar

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

Psicoterapeutas y alumnos en niveles avanzados de formación, con traducción al español
Seminarios en curso

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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) y cómo éste se relaciona con diferentes enfoques contemporáneos de la teoría/práctica desde una “perspectiva relacional”. Ofrece a los miembros una comprensión relevante de los aspectos básicos del PHG.

Leemos y discutimos extractos del PHG y textos de varias fuentes de la terapia gestalt contemporánea, y aplicamos lo que descubrimos a nuestras prácticas clínicas. Los miembros son animados a traer ejemplos clínicos al seminario para hablar de ellos. También estamos atentos a la experiencia de grupo en cada sesión. El seminario es un experimento de grupo de proceso gestáltico online.

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Nuestro interés está puesto sobre cómo la teoría/práctica de la terapia gestalt ha ido cambiando su foco de atención desde el individuo a la persona-en-relación, siguiendo conceptos clave como:

– 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

Presento la terapia gestalt como una fenomenología clínica particular e introduzco en la práctica de la terapia gestalt contemporánea conceptos de fenomenología, como la intencionalidad, el cuerpo-vivido o el mundo de la vida (Lebenswelt).

Los encuentros se graban para que los miembros se los puedan descargar. La hora y el día del seminario será decidido entre los miembros del seminario y yo. La cuota es de 540,00$. El seminario es apropiado para alumnos de formación avanzados o para terapeutas ya establecidos. Contacte conmigo en el teléfono +1 212 674 0404 o utilizando el formulario que aparece al pie de la página.

Online Video Seminar

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

Open to non-gestalt therapists
Seminars in progress
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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.

Supervision

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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