I do my thing and you do your thing.Fritz Perls, The Gestalt Prayer – “Gestalt Therapy Verbatim”, 1969
I am not in this world to live up to your expectations,
And you are not in this world to live up to mine.
You are you, and I am I,
and if by chance we find each other, it’s beautiful.
If not, it can’t be helped.
As The Gestalt Prayer says, by being self-aware and supporting your own needs, you establish an environment where you can better understand and support other people. What better way to do this than spending time deepening your knowledge and relationship with Gestalt (and yourself) so that you can provide a safe space to meet your clients and be in full therapeutic contact with them.
This course is for counsellors who are qualified to diploma level who have an interest in furthering their relationship with Gestalt theory and practice. Over 12 sessions of the course, we will be looking at the origins of Gestalt therapy as well as more modern Gestalt theories and practices. We will explore how you can integrate Gestalt into the work that you are already doing with your clients, explore your self-awareness and the contact that you make with them and the wider world.
We will spend some time forming as a group so that we can create an atmosphere where respectful curiosity and connection become the norm. You will be given to opportunity to practice implementing Gestalt theory and using various interventions in an environment where you feel safe and supported to experiment and explore. No prior knowledge of Gestalt is needed for this course.