Gestalt Therapy Australia (GTA) offers a comprehensive training program that explores and deepens the relational capacities of psychotherapists within the framework of gestalt theory and practice.  


If you are interested in exploring becoming a gestalt psychotherapist please call us to arrange a meeting or to discuss further.


Our 4-year course is a Specialist Training Program (as accredited by PACFA) and is designed to support mental health and other allied professionals already working in the field to become gestalt psychotherapists.  Please note that graduates of our 4 year training program can join the PACFA register if they have a relevant undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related field of study.  Talk to us about this and other pathways to PACFA membership.


We also train people from related fields to explore psychotherapy or make a career transition.


Trainees are invited into an experiential process that will expand their self-awareness and support therapeutic presence.   Our relational gestalt training provides significant opportunities for professional and personal development.


Our training follows a developmental trajectory over 4 years. Graduates learn to work relationally with clients deepening their self-awareness, interpersonal skills and contextual sensitivity.


Relational gestalt practice provides a counterpoint to individualistic and pathologising methodologies, instead it priveledges the central role of the therapeutic relationship in transformation and healing. 



A lot of people who do our course, do it based on having studied and or worked in the field previously. Our training then lends itself to being a specialist program for those with past experience/exposure in the field that works to further deepen their knowledge and skills.


For students who do not have previous experience in the area of counselling, we highly recommend additional training to our course. Training that would allow membership with ACA and or PACFA is preferred. 

Membership with ACA and PACFA is specific to each institute and can be found on their respective website and we encourage everyone to check these out. However, in summary, to obtain ACA membership students are required to complete a Diploma level counselling course whilst for PACFA membership a minimum of a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in related area of study is required. Please note, our course is a pathway to PACFA registration. 


Foundation Studies in Relational Gestalt Counselling

(years 1 & 2).  Introduces students to relational gestalt counselling through the exploration of gestalt theory and practice.


The Advanced Clinical Training in Relational Gestalt Psychotherapy (Years 3 & 4).  Expands on the relational gestalt psychotherapy of the previous two years (Foundation Studies in Relational Gestalt Counselling is a pre-requisite for entry).   At the commencement of this program, students can apply for an internship at our ConnectGround Clinic.


ConnectGround Clinic Student Internship (Years 3 & 4)

From the beginning of Year 3 GTA students are expected to apply for an internship in our low cost, long term counselling clinic as a way of both developing their skills and knowledge while providing a much needed service to the community.  There are exemptions for people with professional membership and already working in the field (see the information pack).


To learn more about: The Application Process; Key Selection Criteria; Student Responsibilities & Position Description; Process For Selection Interviews and Course Fees please download the student information pack.