Seminars in progress
This 8-session, 90-minute bi-weekly online seminar 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 online seminar. Members are encouraged to bring clinical examples into the discussion. The online seminar 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
– sequence of contacting
– self process and function
– aesthetic of contacting
– intentionalities of contacting
– gestalt therapy clinical phenomenology
This seminar is appropriate to intermediate to advanced practitioners.
The online seminar is recorded. The recording available to members to download for their own use.
The seminar meets on Monday for 8 bi-weekly sessions. The time will be chosen based on the time zones of the participants. The fee is 600 US. Partial scholarships are available.
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Open to gestalt therapists
Seminars in progress
This is an introduction to phenomenology for gestalt therapists and to gestalt therapy as a clinical phenomenology. The seminar is a fresh look at gestalt therapy itself.
This 10-week seminar is in two parts.
Video recording of my lecture “When Parallel Lines Collide: Gestalt therapy and phenomenology” at the Gestalt Associates for Gestalt Therapy (GATLA)’s summer residential training program in Serock, Poland. July 2018.
Part One is an introduction to phenomenology for gestalt therapists.
It focuses on basic relevant ideas of such phenomenologists as Husserl, Heidegger, and Merleau-Ponty, Buber, Levinas – and those influenced by them and who are increasingly applicable to contemporary gestalt therapy. In simple ways, we look at the phenomenal field, epoché (bracketing), intentionality, Dasein, temporality, being-toward-death, the body and lived-body, lifeworld, chiasm, dialogue, and the Other.
Part Two describes gestalt therapy as a clinical phenomenology.
It shows how the concepts in Part One potentially expand gestalt therapy theory and practice. It will introduce or reformulate familiar concepts such as intentionality, the sequence and aesthetic of contacting, the phenomenal field, the gestalt epoché, reductions, aware-consciousness, responsivity to the other, and the contact-boundary.
Concrete application to clinical practice is central.
Each Part of the seminar consists of five sessions that meet every third week.
The seminar is appropriate for experienced gestalt therapists and intermediate to advanced trainees. Part One is appropriate for everyone.
Part One is a prerequisite for Part Two. Yet anyone interested in Part Two only and already sufficiently familiar with phenomenology, as covered in Part One, might be able to take it separately.
The 10-sesson seminar is $600 USD. Each Part is $300 USD. I offer partial scholarships.
I supervise psychotherapists either face-to-face or by online video sessions
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..