Introduction to the theory and practice of gestalt therapy

Elie, Gestalt Centre Training Campus
May 18, 2024 10:00 AM
This 1-day experiential workshop explores the potential of gestalt therapy to support health, growth, and creativity.

Presented by: Tony Jackson and Eva Deligiannis

Date: Saturday 18 May 2024

You may be familiar with this image of the two faces or the single vase. We cannot see both images simultaneously and must shuffle our attention between them. This idea from gestalt psychology centres our attention on perception, the how and what of what we 'see' or pay attention to in any given moment.

In gestalt therapy, figure and ground principles extend beyond visual perception to encompass how individuals experience and organise their psychological and emotional worlds. The "figure" represents the primary focus of attention, which could be a thought, emotion, sensation, or behaviour. Simultaneously, the "ground" encompasses the background or context in which the figure exists, providing the overall situation for the individual's experiences.

By exploring the figure and ground in the realm of emotions, thoughts, and sensations, gestalt psychotherapy aims to promote self-awareness, personal growth, and a more integrated sense of self. The dynamic interaction between figure and ground becomes a central focus for individuals seeking to enhance their psychological well-being and better understand their relational patterns and worldview.

This experiential workshop will introduce some of the building blocks of relational gestalt. It will also introduce you to our inquiry-based teaching methodology.

By the end of this one-day introductory workshop you will know more about gestalt, how it informs therapy and helps us to think about the role of a gestalt therapist.

Along the way, we will explore some of the philosophical roots of gestalt theory and how they interplay to inform a holistic and compassionate approach to living and health.

Date | Saturday 18 May 2024, 10.00am – 4.00pm

Where | Gestalt Centre, 622 Lygon Street, Carlton North

Fee | $220. GST included.

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About the presenters

BTheol, BA (Psych), Grad Dip Counselling, Adv Dip Gestalt Therapy, Grad Dip Supervision, MGANZ

Tony is the Managing Director of the Gestalt Centre. He is a psychotherapist, facilitator and coach with over 20 years experience.

He works with people to support resilience and wellbeing and helps them develop a sense of vitality and choice in their lives. He provides supervision for psychotherapists which assist them to deepen their own personal and professional capacities. Tony also provides training for individuals and groups that focuses on building responsiveness to individual and group needs in emergent situations.

Eva Deligiannis, M.Gestalt Therapy, M.Org Dynamics, B.Bus,

Eva is the Manager of Relational Skills at the Gestalt Centre. Eva has worked as an Organisational Consultant, Coach & Supervisor with change leaders across a diverse range of organisations and now leads the Gestalt Centre's effort to take Gestalt practices into our working lives and into organisations. Eva also works as a psychotherapist in private practice.