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Gestalt Therapy Is Improv: Building Radical Self-Trust in The Therapeutic Process (Angela Albert,LMFT and Abby Krom, LMFT)
April 28 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pmFree
This workshop will discuss the compatibility between improvisation and Gestalt therapy interventions and include exercises to increase ability for clinicians to enter the “fertile void.” The improvisation games that are used by troupes like The Groundlings and Second City were birthed by Viola Spolin, a social worker in the 1920s, who used the games to help recent immigrants overcome language barriers and integrate socially. There are no two practices that embody entering the “fertile void” like Gestalt and Improvisation. Fritz Perls’s biographies often include reference to his early love of theater and early influence by JL Moreno and psychodrama. While Gestalt therapists enter that void through the use of here-and-now awareness and experimentation, improvisation increases the ability to get comfortable and navigate the unknown. The presenters have designed improv-based experiments; the practices of improvisation are meant to support the process of Gestalt therapy. Participants will leave more able to not only enter the void but become comfortable there as well.
Angela Albert is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist specializing in the treatment of anxiety, depression, mood disorders, trauma, (including historical sexual trauma and its after-effects in adulthood, relationships and parenthood), as well as addiction, alcoholism and sobriety. She is actively involved in the PGI (Pacific Gestalt Institute) community.
Abby Krom is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, specializing in the treatment of anxiety and depression, especially for creative professionals. Abby has trained with PGI (Pacific Gestalt Institute) and is level 2 Brainspotting certified. Abby works in private practice in Los Angeles, CA.