It is often said that the only goal of gestalt therapy is awareness. In this salon, we will look at what we mean by awareness and how gestalt therapy works with awareness to facilitate psychotherapeutic change. Some questions to consider: How is awareness experienced? Awareness of what? What shapes the awareness process? How does this process influence meaning making and behavior? How can these ideas be usefully integrated with everything else we know about psychotherapy? The salon will include theory, clinical examples, an experiment or two and, I hope, a lively conversation.
Mark Winitsky, Psy.D., LMFT is a clinical supervisor and a volunteer outreach counselor at the Southern California Counseling Center, an AACAST certified sex and couples therapist, a PGI certified gestalt therapist, an ICP certified psychoanalyst, and the current president of the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Los Angeles.