Online Video Seminar

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

Intermediate and advanced clinicians
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 bi-weekly webinar critically examines this original theory and argues for its place as a theory of reference for contemporary 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. We consider developments such as the intentionality of contacting, the aesthetic criterion, the qualities of contacting, relationality, and various understandings or epistemologies of the field. We see these as arising from a critical and 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.

A section of my website is dedicated to the webinar. I encourage people to post questions and to engage in discussions on its message board. Readings are posted on a document page and are downloadable. Each meeting is recorded for future viewing.

The fee is $600 USD. Contact me at if you are interested.


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Online Video Seminar

Introduction to Phenomenology for Gestalt Therapists


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