What is Relational Gestalt Psychotherapy?
Gestalt is the quintessential relational therapy; the original birthplace of mindful awareness. Based in the here-and-now process of relationship, its theoretical basis is paradoxical, dialogical and non-dualistic. In this ordinary everyday wholeness is a Gestalt (form), which incorporates all aspects of human relationship, creating aliveness, vibrancy and ground. The self is discovered and understood through authentic relationship, within which boundaries are a co-created construction in the service of discovery of the authentic emerging self.
Gestalt Therapy was originally developed in the 1950’s by Fritz and Laura Perls with Paul Goodman, as a response to the predominantly analytical therapies of the time. Perls and Goodman introduced a more relational here-and-now individually authentic therapeutic relationship.
Gestalt has since moved with the spirit of our times and has become less individualistic and moved to be more inter-relational; of 'the field' and less developmental, more phenomenologically existential and therefore paradoxically, more fluid and able to embrace the otherness of diversity and difference within people, clients and institutions.
From this perspective we now include Eco -Therapy, Diversity, Spirituality and Sexuality as integrated aspects of our contemporary field. This is reflected in both our curriculum and or process led application to theory and practice.
This training will enable the contemporary Gestalt therapist to be authentic to their emerging self and whilst engaging within the wider community of Mental Health settings including private practice, voluntary and NHS.
We offer two Gestalt courses:
A Gestalt Counselling Certificate
Length of course: 1 year part time (weekends)
This is an introductory year long course which is a qualification in itself and can be counted as a first year towards the full 4 year Diploma.
Successful students will have the developed their basic Gestalt Counselling skills and will have developed a sense of themselves as a relationally therapeutic practitioner.
Upon successful completion of this first year, the candidate can then choose whether to continue onto year two where they will then be able to start practicing as a trainee Psychotherapist.
A Diploma in Gestalt Therapy that is based in Relationship
Length of course: 4 years part time (weekends)
This course is a four year Diploma In Relational Gestalt Psychotherapy accredited by UKCP. Candidates will be able to practice as a trainee psychotherapist from year two and upon successful completion of the four years will then become a fully qualified UKCP Psychotherapist.
Course Leader: Tim Carrette
Associate Teaching Member : Dr.Liz Mellor
Course dates 2019/20
July 8/12 (intensive)
Course dates 2020/21
July 7/11 (intensive)
Fee: £2500 per year (Can be paid in instalments for £50 extra)
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