Introduction to Gestalt

Dr Melanie Salmon

Gestalt Psychotherapist & Trainer

TRE and QEC Trainer


Who will Benefit from the Introduction to Gestalt online course?

The human heart yearns for contact - above all it yearns for genuine dialogue.  Dialogue is at the heart of the human. Without it we are not fully formed.  Each of us yearn to be “met”- to be recognised in our uniqueness, our fullness, and our vulnerability.

Richard Hycner: The Healing Relationship in Gestalt Therapy

What is your experience with Gestalt?

Why did you develop the online Introduction to Gestalt course!

What topics are included in the online Introduction to Gestalt course?

Course Content

What is the Gestalt therapeutic approach?

Gestalt differs from many other talk therapies.  Gestalt is a here-and-now therapy, meaning we focus on what is happening in each present moment of contact .The AIM of Gestalt therapy is to raise awareness in the client. Once awareness is gained, then change happens by itself, according to the Gestalt Paradoxical Theory of Change.

Awareness in Gestalt is raised primarily through the vehicle of relationship. In other words the Gestalt therapist and client enter into a healing relationship of trust. Issues are brought by the client that are of concern or interest. The therapist uses self-as-instrument, for authentic feedback during dialogue. An example of this may be the therapist sharing how she feels when sadness is evoked during the sharing.

Gestalt is body-based and creative using body process, dream work, experimentation such as two chair work, to promote awareness and growth.

Interview with Steve Vinay Gunther International Gestalt Trainer

What experienced practitioners say:

"Gestalt truly is the container for any other work. It took my work as a TRE practitioner and QEC practitioner to another level. Having had the experience of being heard, seen and understood myself, I am now able to offer this to my clients. In fact, it has become a part of my way of life. The most important shift I've experienced as a practitioner, is the deep respect for where each client is at and the ability to meet them in this place, free of judgement or the need to change them. Not only do my clients find it empowering and effective, I also feel more at ease and present with the process."

Elsmie Otto, QEC and TRE Practitioner

Experiential Training

Weekend in Europe 2019

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