In this salon, we will look at a few specific clinical situations and how the fundamental principles of relational gestalt therapy, such as dialogue, field theory, phenomenology, and the paradoxical theory of change might influence what we do as therapists. I’m hoping that participants will bring brief case examples (sufficiently altered for confidentiality), so that we can explore what some of this theory might look like in action. Those new to gestalt therapy might want to do a little reading in advance (http://www.gestalttherapy.org/publications-resources/ is a good source), but all that is required is curiosity.
Led by Mark Winitsky, LMFTFind out more »
Our last salon went so well that we’re bringing it back again - In this salon, we will look at a few specific clinical situations and how the fundamental principles of relational gestalt therapy, such as dialogue, field theory, phenomenology, and the paradoxical theory of change might influence what we do as therapists. I’m hoping that participants will bring brief case examples (sufficiently altered for confidentiality), so that we can explore what some of this theory might look like in action. Those new to gestalt therapy might want to do a little reading in advance (http://www.gestalttherapy.org/publications-resources/ is a good source), but all that is required is curiosity.
Led by Mark Winitsky, LMFTFind out more »
The challenges of coping with grief and loss confront each of us from early childhood. Yet, many experience significant loss of all types during their adult years for which they find themselves unprepared and overwhelmed. Grief, when left unresolved, can lead to more serious problems that can impact our future and our relationships. Therapists deal with grief each day in their practices.In this interactive salon, we will explore a strategy for having a conversation about grief and loss, highlight a framework for understanding the grief process, and emphasize specific gestalt principles utilized in grief counseling.
Led by Jerry Wilson, LMFT, and Jen Leong, MFTIFind out more »
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. Lore Perls’ quote that “The resistance is the energy, not the enemy”, and that “denial” as a protective factor (ala Beisser’s “paradox of change”) will be guiding gestalt concepts. Lastly, Nickie will also comment on the costs to those providing therapy such as “secondary trauma”.
Led by Nickie Godfrey, LMFTFind out more »
This salon will explore the ways in which the utilization of an art-making process can support exploration and awareness for both the client and therapist. A mindful awareness will be encouraged as the possibilities of how, when and why to use a creative process is experimented with and investigated. No art making experience or skills are necessary to participate.
Led by Michele Conklin Montrone, LMFTFind out more »
The use and abuse of alcohol, drugs and other behaviors (gambling, eating, sex) are issues that show up for us and for our clients in every therapy practice setting. Each of us brings personal experience and therapy training to the encounter with these behaviors when they become problematic, and yet at times we may feel uncertain about what will best support our client’s efforts. Please come and participate in a candid dialogue about relational Gestalt therapy and other approaches to addressing addiction and recovery.
Led by Armin Baier, LCSWFind out more »
Led by Mary Ortenburger, LMFT and Stephanie Goldsmith, Ph.D. In this salon, we will examine how to incorporate gestalt therapy when working with clients suffering from eating disorders. Clients diagnosed with eating disorders present with unique needs that are often complex in nature (due to medical complications that may be associated with their symptomatology). We will open a discussion about incorporating gestalt therapy with this population, which is effective and also challenging, using: the paradoxical theory of change, phenomenology, and…Find out more »
Every change involves some loss, and change is always happening, so grief is a universal experience, where we struggle to come to terms with life. There are as many ways to do this as there are people. Though often in our culture an isolating experience, grief can be a profound point of connection to the world. It is essentially a creative process that opens the heart to a more flexible way of responding. We emerge from a grief process with…Find out more »
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,…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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.…Find out more »
Relational Gestalt Principles and Clinical Applications: A Conversation (Armin Baier, LCSW and Mark Winitsky, Psy.D., LMFT)
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.…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
The Treatment of Disordered Eating and Body Dissatisfaction Using a Relational Gestalt Approach (Mary Ortenburger, LMFT, CEDS-S)
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…Find out more »
Legos as an Expressive Modality with Teens: A Gestalt Play Therapy Approach (Stephanie Pawlowicz, RPT)
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…Find out more »
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,…Find out more »
Embodied Presence: The Transformative Pleasures of Love, Sex, and Playful Abandon (Stella Resnick, PhD)
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…Find out more »