Unfolding Gestalt Therapy:
Learning, Practicing, Teaching, Developing.
Join Susan Gregory and Dan Bloom as they facilitate an exploration of how we practice Gestalt therapy and how we offer training for developing Gestalt therapists. Details below.
In each of these differing approaches, the commonalities are holism, relationship and embodiment. By holism, I mean that I regard myself to be working with the whole human being, whose thoughts and experiences are embodied and in relation with others. By relationship I mean the professional relationship which we create together as we work to support the client's growth and achievment of her/his chosen goals.
When I say embodied, I make reference to the fact that, phenomenologically, all that we experience is with and through our bodies, as we use our five senses, our abiltiy to sense body processes from within - proprioception, engage in motion which stimulates e-motion, and think about and form narratives of what we have and are experiencing individually and with others.
Whether we choose to employ those narratives in sung expression, in conversation, or in pursuit of goals for career and relationship, all our actions, thoughts, feelings and sensing emerge from our body processes, in a core way from breath and the support it gives us for living. I have written several articles and book chapters which explore the interrealtionship of these ideas.