Introduction to Gestalt Therapy:
A Two-Day Workshop for Mental Health Professionals
“Providing Therapeutic Tools for Empowering Your Clients to Live Fuller Lives”
Gestalt Therapy is a somatically-oriented, experiential therapy that is deeply rooted in Humanistic psychology. Developed by Fritz and Laura Perls, Gestalt Therapy draws wisdom from many traditions including psychoanalysis, Jungian psychology, existential philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and theater improvisation.
Participants in this training will learn the fundamental principles of the Gestalt approach, both as a primary therapeutic modality and as a perceptual framework that can be applied to other theoretical orientations. In particular, the Gestalt Cycle of Experience will be explored as a potent model for recognizing and understanding how needs arise in the phenomenological field and how those needs can be effectively addressed. Course participants will experientially investigate the interaction between self and environment and the various defensive strategies that can truncate or become barriers to the satisfaction of those needs by blurring the relationship between self and environment.
This training is designed for counseling psychology graduate students and post-graduate mental health professionals interested in pursuing and/or developing a stronger somatic approach and will be highly experiential in nature.
This introductory training provides participants with an overview of the theoretical framework of Gestalt Therapy and offers an experiential opportunity to explore and practice some of the techniques associated with this potent modality including the following:
Ryan Kennedy, LPC, LMFT, RN, CACIII, BC-DMT, CLMA, is the Executive and Training Director at Noeticus Counseling Center and Training Institute. He has been a somatically-informed psychotherapist since 1993 and a counselor educator and clinical supervisor since 1996. He has extensive training in somatic and experientially-based therapies including Gestalt Therapy, Psychodrama, and many more. In addition to his experiential and phenomenological approach to therapeutic work, he also brings a strong understanding of systemic issues, attachment theory, multicultural perspectives, clinical neuroscience, developmental patterning, psychopharmacology, and intersubjectivity. Ryan was also on the faculty of the Somatic Counseling Psychology Program at Naropa University for 18 years and served as the coordinator for the Body Psychotherapy Concentration and is a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst, a Certified Massage Therapist, and a founding member of the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy.
This training draws from the book, Gestalt Counselling in Action (4th Edition), by Petruska Clarkson and Simon Cavicchia. Training participants may benefit from purchasing the book prior to the training and bringing it with them as a resource. Available from: http://www.amazon.com/Gestalt-Counselling-Action/dp/1446211282
Noeticus Counseling Center and Training Institute is a community-based, not-for-profit counseling and training center based in Denver, Colorado. Our mission is to provide innovative, effective, and affordable counseling and educational services to a broad range of individuals, couples, and families living within the greater Denver/Boulder community. We are also committed to offering basic and advanced training opportunities to mental health professionals both locally and across the country. We especially value doing this through collaborative and engaging community partnerships or affiliations with other like-minded individuals, organizations, agencies, institutions, universities, and foundations.