Online Seminar

PHG: A Theory of Reference for Gestalt Therapy from a Field-Emergent Perspective

Seminars in progress

The original 1951 theory in Gestalt Therapy, Excitement and Growth by Perls, Hefferline, and Goodman has served us well. It has been central to gestalt therapy. It is showing its age. Is it still useful?

This 8-session 90 minute webinar critically examines this original theory and presents it as the theory of reference for contemporary field-emergent gestalt therapy. Webinar members can expect to learn this original theory as we challenge its orthodoxy.

Special focus is on the theory of self, sequence of contacting, the contact-boundary, and the organism/environment field.

The PHG model is compared and contrasted with various contemporary approaches. The intentionality of contacting, the aesthetic criterion, the qualities of contacting, relationality are some of the current concepts that are considered.

We see that a significant and radical gestalt therapy approach emerges from a dialogical engagement with the original theory over time.

Application of these perspectives to our actual clinical work is an essential part of this online seminar. Members are encouraged to bring clinical examples into the discussion.

The webinar is both didactic and interactive.

Readings are downloadable. Each meeting is recorded for future viewing.

The fee is $650 USD. It meets every 3 weeks.

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Online Seminar

Introduction to Phenomenology for Gestalt Therapists

Seminars in progress

This 8-session, 90-minute webinar explores gestalt therapy as a clinical phenomenology. To fully grasp the implication of this approach, this webinar offers a survey selected major Western phenomenologist.

The webinar introduces some of the ideas of Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Levinas, and Waldenfels and shows how each is reflected in and is useful for our own clinical phenomenology – a relational and field-emergent approach. .

The webinar consistently focuses on concrete and practical clinical work.

Readings include original sources in phenomenology and in gestalt therapy.
Each meeting is recorded for future viewing.

The fee is $650 USD. It meets once a month.

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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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