Gestalt therapists, regardless of our work settings, encounter addiction issues with clients, with family members and at times in ourselves. How do we hold being a Gestalt therapist when working in an addiction treatment program? Is this distinct from our work with addiction in a private practice setting? In what ways does Gestalt therapy interact with current models of addiction treatment, 12-Step recovery and harm reduction models? Please join us and bring your experiences and opinions as we discuss these questions and more.
Armin Baier, LCSW, is a certified Gestalt therapist on the core faculty of the Pacific Gestalt Institute in Los Angeles. His experience working in the field of addiction treatment over 28 years includes both clinical direction of an outpatient treatment program and psychotherapy private practice. He has co-authored writings in peer-reviewed journal and textbook publications on addiction treatment and is an adjunct lecturer for the Columbia School of Social Work online MSW degree program. Armin is the current secretary of the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Los Angeles (GTILA).
Stefanie Funke, LMFT works at EXIS Recovery, an outpatient dual-diagnosis treatment center in Los Angeles, where she sees individual clients and facilitates groups. She also has a private practice in West Los Angeles. Stefanie has been training in Gestalt therapy with the Pacific Gestalt Institute (PGI) in Los Angeles for over 9 years and is a member of the board of the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Los Angeles (GTILA).