Salons

GTILA presents a series of salons which provide an opportunity to learn about some aspect of Gestalt Therapy in a relaxed, informal setting.  Salons are free and participants may receive CEUs for a minimal fee.  All people interested in Gestalt Therapy are welcome to attend Salons. GTILA does not discriminate in its education or membership activities based on race, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

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January 2019

A Different Take on the Experience of Panic (Michelle Seely, LMFT)

27 January, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Southern California Counseling Center, 5615 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019 United States
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We tend to lump panic and anxiety together and see them as fear-based experiences that can be treated similarly in psychotherapy. Likewise, all phobias are lumped together and treated as instances of fears that have been crystalized. But what if panic and in particular agoraphobia and claustrophobia don’t have fear as a foundation? How does it change treatment if we consider them to be experiences of loneliness and lack of protection/over exposure? Using ideas from my recent studies with Gianni…

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April 2019

Gestalt Therapy Is Improv: Building Radical Self-Trust in The Therapeutic Process (Angela Albert,LMFT and Abby Krom, LMFT)

28 April, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Southern California Counseling Center, 5615 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019 United States
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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…

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May 2019

CANCELED I-Thou-We (Chris Avitabile, LMFT) CANCELED

26 May, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Southern California Counseling Center, 5615 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019 United States
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Meaningful contact, both verbal and non verbal, reminds us that we are intimately connected and constantly influencing each other. Our tendency to organize sound into music as means of relating to ourselves and with others is uniquely human and utilizes phenomenological processes. In this salon we will explore elements of gestalt theory and practice such as dialogue, inclusivity, and experimental attitude using sound and playing music with one another. Participants will be encouraged to use readily available sound making tools…

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June 2019

Exploration of Gestalt Trauma Work Combined with the Phases of EMDR (Mary Ortenburger, LMFT, CED-S)

30 June, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Southern California Counseling Center, 5615 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019 United States
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In this salon, we will open for discussion the implementation of EMDR therapy for trauma within the framework of relational gestalt therapy. Due to the manualized model of EMDR when using standard EMDR procedures, operating from these two models can be challenging, and can pose difficulties for clinicians operating from a relational stance. This salon will focus on the following topics, and will cover: -Practicing the phenomenological method and holding the paradoxical theory of change close during the 8 phases…

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December 2019

Finding Comfort and Common Ground in the Intersection of 12-Steps and Gestalt (Angela Albert, LMFT)

8 December, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Southern California Counseling Center, 5615 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019 United States
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The influence of 12-step programs is felt throughout our culture.  When we have clients who are involved in 12-step recovery or are newly embarking on the journey of recovery, they often bring their reactions and experiences in 12-step into the therapeutic space.  How can we as therapists support the client in their 12-step journey and growth and find the commonalities and intersections with the therapeutic process?  As Gestalt therapists we can apply the paradoxical theory of change (after all what…

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January 2020

Working With Children from a Gestalt Perspective (Sue Ellen Talley, LMFT)

January 26 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Southern California Counseling Center, 5615 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019 United States
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When Violet Oaklander wrote her first book, Windows to Our Children, she had contemplated using the title "What to do With the Kid in the Room".  Her model gives therapists many tools (experiential exercises) to work with the child through projection and metaphor in order to strengthen her sense of self and improve contact with herself and her environment.  This presentation includes a brief overview of the Oaklander model, a hands-on experiential exercise and live demonstration between the presenter and…

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February 2020

Gestalt Play Therapy: Violet Oaklander Model; Working with Clay: Strengthening Sense of Self Through Projective Process (Stephanie Pawlowicz, LMFT, RPT)

February 9 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Southern California Counseling Center, 5615 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019 United States
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"Know what to do and why you are doing it" This integrative modality offers a therapeutic experience that activates the senses, emotions, creativity, and intellect with children and adolescents in interactive Gestalt Play Therapy. The Salon includes a brief overview of Gestalt theory and experiential practice in order to better support a depth of understanding when using projective modalities in Gestalt Play Therapy. COME AND PLAY! Stephanie Pawlowicz has a private practice in Santa Barbara, California where she specializes with children, adolescents,…

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March 2020

Social Justice From a Gestalt Perspective (Stefanie Funke, LMFT)

March 15 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Southern California Counseling Center, 5615 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019 United States
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Postponed due to coronavirus. We will sent out messages with the new date when we know. Social Justice is a hot topic these days. As therapists, we are seeing a wide variety of clients who are harmed by issues of oppression and prejudice. I will lead a discussion of how gestalt therapy fits with a social justice perspective. I will talk about aspects of gestalt therapy such as phenomenology and field theory to make a connection between gestalt therapy and…

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April 2020

Working with Stuckness (Ren Barnebey, LMFT, Certified Gestalt Therapist)

April 26 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Southern California Counseling Center, 5615 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019 United States
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Some of the most painful experiences in our lives have to do with feelings of being stuck. Knowing we want to be able to do something differently, but not being able to take the steps necessary for growthful movement to occur. Some version of, “ I want to do X, but I don’t”, or “I don’t want to do X, but I do.” Via discussion, written exercises and some active experimentation, this salon will be an exploration of stuckness in…

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May 2020

Sexual Differences: Shame and Recovery (Armin Baier, LCSW and Laura Koonce, LMFT)

May 17 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Southern California Counseling Center, 5615 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019 United States
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In the past 50 years, our world has gradually and with much struggle begun to make room for sexual differences in human beings. Sexual identity, sexual orientation and varieties of conventional and unconventional sexual expression are now a vibrant part of our social and cultural discourses. Our sexual differences include both interpersonal expressions and individual impulses and fantasies. Yet, while social and political accommodation of sexual differences is becoming more common in some places, individuals still often experience opposition, conflict…

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