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.

The Contact Cycle Revisited

Led by Jacqueline Beraldo, FNP, MFT

Sunday, November 13, 2022

3:00 – 4:30 PM, Pacific Time


Contact then withdrawal. Contact then withdrawal. This organic movement makes up the natural human rhythm. I’d like to revisit the timeless wisdom of The Contact Cycle and some of the ways Practitioners of all orientations might use this conceptual framework for supporting self-awareness and change in contemporary clinical practice.

Jacqueline Beraldo, FNP, MFT: Before becoming a psychotherapist, Jackie practiced for 20 years as an RN and Family Nurse Practitioner in different health care settings, from an inpatient ward in the medical center at UC San Francisco to a community health clinic in the Mission district, to a low-income Housing Project community in Downtown Sacramento. Finding herself needing to be part nurse, part social worker, part counselor, she returned to school hoping to expand her knowledge and understanding of how to address the social and mental health needs of the community more effectively and creatively. She has been practicing now as a licensed MFT for 22 years. She trained with Gestalt Practitioner and Trainer, James Doak LCSW of Nevada City, CA from 2000-2009. She currently has a private practice in Santa Barbara, CA and has supervised and mentored many developing psychotherapists.

Learning Goals and Educational Objectives:
Attendees will be able to:
A)  List the 4 general phases in The Gestalt Contact Cycle.
B)   Describe 2 interventions the therapist can make to support the client in progressing to a natural closure of the cycle.
C)   State one way the interruption of EGOTISM may affect a client’s progress through the sequence of contacting.

Register in advance:

Salons are free and participants may receive CEUs for a minimal donation at:

Continuing Education for Psychologists, MFTs, and LCSWs: 1.5 hours (Pacific Gestalt Institute [PGI] provides the CEUs. PGI Provider #PCE 369)

PGI is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PGI maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences recognizes APA approved CE providers for MFTs and LCSWs.

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