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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April 2018

Relational Gestalt Principles and Clinical Applications: A Conversation (Armin Baier, LCSW and Mark Winitsky, Psy.D., LMFT)

8 April, 2018 @ 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 salon will be an open conversation that might include questions about gestalt therapy theory and its application. We want to offer a place for people to get to know a little more about relational gestalt therapy and why we believe it is more relevant now than ever after 60 years of evolution. Please bring any questions or concerns about the model, along with cases for discussion. A brief demonstration of work is also a possibility if there is interest.…

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May 2018

Addiction Treatment, Recovery, and Gestalt Therapy (Armin Baier, LCSW and Stefanie Funke, LMFT)

6 May, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Southern California Counseling Center, 5615 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019 United States
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Free

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…

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June 2018

The Treatment of Disordered Eating and Body Dissatisfaction Using a Relational Gestalt Approach (Mary Ortenburger, LMFT, CEDS-S)

10 June, 2018 @ 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 examine how to incorporate gestalt therapy when working with clients struggling with disordered eating. We will open a discussion and engage in dialogue about incorporating gestalt therapy when working with: chronic dieting, body dissatisfaction, and clients immersed in diet culture. We will explore how the paradoxical theory of change is in line with Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size (HAES). Specific topics will include: Treating those with disordered eating using a relational approach How…

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September 2018

Legos as an Expressive Modality with Teens: A Gestalt Play Therapy Approach (Stephanie Pawlowicz, RPT)

16 September, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Southern California Counseling Center, 5615 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019 United States
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Working with teens can be challenging! This workshop will provide an overview of Gestalt Play Therapy as developed by Violet Oaklander, and experiential practice in working with teens in a medium they understand and enjoy—Legos. In the act of creating and playing, participants will experience Gestalt Therapy’s focus on contact and the importance of the dialogic relational processes embodied and lived in the moment. Based in Gestalt principles, attendees will learn how this expressive modality can bring deeper meaning and…

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October 2018

Focusing: Developing an I-Thou Relationship with One’s Self (Ren Barnebey, LMFT, CGT)

21 October, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Southern California Counseling Center, 5615 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019 United States
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Free

Focusing is a method of attending to one's phenomenological experience by using gentle inquiry to respectfully dialogue with one's self. This particular form of Focusing is based on Eugene Grendlin's method as adapted by Ann Weiser Cornell. Focusing fits beautifully with the foundational gestalt concepts of phenomenology, dialogue, and the Paradoxical Theory of Change. In this experiential salon, we will practice Focusing with ourselves as well as explore ways to use focusing with partners and clients. Ren Barnebey, LMFT, CGT,…

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November 2018

Embodied Presence: The Transformative Pleasures of Love, Sex, and Playful Abandon (Stella Resnick, PhD)

11 November, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Southern California Counseling Center, 5615 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019 United States
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Embodied presence is the state of being fully attuned to your inner bodymind experience in the present moment and it is the essence of Gestalt therapy. Recent studies from developmental neuroscience, attachment theory, relational neurobiology, and research in evidence-based practice corroborate this quality of presence as being one of the key qualities in the therapist-client interaction that promotes lasting positive change in therapy. What makes embodied presence so healing is that developing present-centered skills enables us to be tuned in…

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January 2019

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

January 27 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Southern California Counseling Center, 5615 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019 United States
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Free

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)

April 28 @ 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

May 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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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)

June 30 @ 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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