Training & Events

January 2018

Gestalt Therapy Basics: Awareness and Change (Mark Winitsky, Psy.D., LMFT)

January 14 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Southern California Counseling Center, 5615 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019 United States
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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,…

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February 2018

Working with Children from a Gestalt Perspective (Sue Ellen Talley, LMFT & Karen Fried, PsyD, LMFT)

February 4 @ 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 her self and her environment.  This presentation includes a brief overview of the Oaklander model, a hands-on experiential exercise and live demonstration between the presenter…

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March 2018

Gestalt Therapy and Treating Crisis and Trauma (Nickie Godfrey, LMFT)

March 18 @ 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 Nickie Godfrey will briefly delineate the various kinds of crisis and traumatic events and define the appropriate kinds of counseling and psychotherapy for each.  Her main focus will be on defining the “developmental or Big T trauma” usually caused by physical and sexual abuse. Because there is always betrayal and somatic involvement that remain present emotionally and physically for people experiencing this kind of abuse, the holistic and present-centered approach of gestalt therapy can be especially useful.…

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April 2018

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

April 8 @ 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)

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

June 10 @ 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)

September 16 @ 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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Power and Vulnerability in Clinical Supervision – Presented by Lynne Jacobs, Ph.D.

September 29 @ 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (ICP), 10780 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 350
Los Angeles, CA 90025 United States
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Both participants in the supervision relationship are personally and professionally vulnerable. Thus the power is bidirectional, just as it is in therapy. Each participant has power, although the particular forms of power may be different and the distribution of power may be asymmetrical. But no one is immune from narcissistic vulnerability, including the supervisor. Supervisors want to have the experience of being liked, respected, viewed as helpful, for instance. How do these desires get managed in difficult supervision processes? Also,…

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October 2018

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

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

November 11 @ 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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