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Masters Certification Course in 
Gestalt Psychology

(Inspired by the Work of Fritz Perls & as taught by Dick McHugh)

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Gestalt is a form of psychotherapy which teaches you tools & provides you with therapeutic skills for awareness, acceptance and self direction. It brings clients new perspectives and positive change into their lives by clear understanding of thoughts, emotions & behavior.

Gestalt Therapy is an approach to mental wellness that helps people resolve past conflicts and become more present. It can help people address symptoms of mental health conditions. The various tools and techniques you will learn will help you unmask all emotions that are not you and help you transform into your true self.

 

As Associates, we’ll work on feeling the present moment. and understanding our environment, and our thought processes to perceive the environment around us. Through various activities, exercises and practices, we’ll learn to dissociate from what's not us to associate with the beauty of the present moment.

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Premium Academic Resources (available for free)

Articles:

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The way we think has significant implications and tremendous repercussions - both on ourselves as individuals and on our behaviours, as well as the consequences of our actions on our environment and the people around us. Our minds can sometimes fool us by distorting reality.

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Gestalt therapists aim to meet and understand the patient rather than to move the patient in any particular direction. The Gestalt therapy version focuses more on the immediacy of how the patient functions moment-to-moment.

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Movement therapy attributes to a wide spectrum of Eastern and Western methods of therapy used for cultivating emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical well-being.

Research Papers:

Anger: Examining Anger Variations and their Effects

Author Affiliations

Author: Anil Thomas

Co-Author: Pranjali Vatsa

Abstract

Anger is one of the simplest and primary emotions felt by human beings but this emotion can single-handedly give rise to various negative emotions like frustration, aggression, irritation, sadness, grief and pain.

Treatment of Trauma through Integrational Dissociation and Distortion

Author Affiliations

Anil Thomas

Abstract

Trauma has been one of the oldest and most difficult sufferings of humans. Even though the source of trauma has passed, there are long-lasting effects that generations have to deal with.

Gestalt Cycle: The Resistance of Commerce

Author Affiliations

Anil Thomas

Abstract

This brief report throws light on the evolution of humans, the various universal emotions that exist like happiness, sadness, disgust, fear, surprise and anger and the biological basis of the human brain, the two different hemispheres, the lobes and the functions that it performs.

Next live training dates are from 17th to 21st Dec 2024.

A transformational 5 day live training experience.

  • Attend in person in Kochi

Timings 6am. to 8pm. on all 5 days.

Admissions are open. Apply now to check vision alignment and join the course.

Early bird registrations currently ongoing.

Available on Registration

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Gestalt Therapy Overview

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Gestalt Therapy was developed by Fritz and Laura Perls in the 1940’s. It has been adopted from psychoanalysis and focuses on an experiential and humanistic approach. It works on the ‘here and now’ principle rather than the unconscious mind.

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Gestalt Psychotherapy

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Gestalt therapy fits in the category of humanistic approaches. However, gestalt therapy developed as an expression of the revolutionary science that led to the paradigm shift from positivism to post-positivism.

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Gestalt Therapy and Gestalt Psychology

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The main concepts of Gestalt psychology are: figure and background; the importance of interpreting the coherence or split of a figure in terms of the total context of the actual situation; the definite structured whole; the need to organize a meaningful whole and the natural tendency towards noting the simplicity of form; and the attempt to complete the unfinished situations themselves.

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Principles of Gestalt by Fritz

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Fritz, while appealing to moralism talks about the setbacks of the generations to come. He says that we have become so phobic towards pain and suffering, or anything that is not fun or pleasant that we avoid it. We run away from any situation that may seem painful and try to take a shortcut by avoiding that route. This results in lack of growth as individuals. By lack of growth he means the readiness to encounter the difficulties.

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Deeper into The Empty Chair

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As Fritz Perls said, an empty chair facing the client and the client imagined someone (themselves, or parts of them) in it and spoke, gesturing, or otherwise communicated to an empty chair which was now no longer an empty chair.

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Fritz & Gloria

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He says that unlike depth psychology, we try to get hold of the obvious behaviours and situations that we find ourselves in, and to develop the Gestalt in these situations strictly on the I and Thou, Here and Now relationship. If the client recollects the past or escapes in the future, it is examined as the resistance in the ongoing reality. For instance, in Gloria’s case, in the beginning, she said about remembering when she was a little girl and how she’d be cornered when she was upset. To this, Fritz kept pushing her to respond to “Are you a little girl now?”

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Self & it's Identification

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The “self” is the system of contacts at any moment. As such, the self is flexibly various, for it varies with the dominant organic needs and the pressing environmental stimuli; it is the system of responses; it diminishes in sleep when there is less need to respond. The self is the contact-boundary at work; its activity is forming figures and

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Psychosomatic Ailments

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The “unavoidable misconception,” in a chronic low grade emergency, that there is such a thing as “Mind” becomes more frightening when one begins to suffer from psychosomatic ailments.

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Some difference in General Therapeutic Attitude

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Gestalt psychotherapy is a form of psychotherapy that is based on the experiential ideal of “here and now” and its relationship with self and environment. Practices and attitudes of gestalt therapy are a little different as compared to other forms of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. These are some of the differences in general therapeutic attitude:

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Healthy Self-Regulation in an Emergency

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Self-regulation is an emergency state that we automatically regulate ourselves based on the hierarchy of emergency, that is, from the most urgent, then jumping on to the next task.

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The Hierarchy of Values 

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The evaluation given by self-regulation holds a privileged position in ethics because it leads to awareness and the most vital force. However, when the reality is pressing, specific values replace other values, providing a hierarchy of what does, in fact, marshal brightness and vigour in its execution.

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Theories of Psychotherapy as Hierarchies of Value

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Almost every theory of medicine, psychotherapy, or education is based on some conception of organismic-self-regulation and its corresponding hierarchy of values. The conception is the operation of what the scientist considers to be the chief dynamic factor in life and society.

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The Recollection of Childhood

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When we emphasize on self-awareness, or speak about our issues in therapy, one is always explaining the acts of the past or the unfinished business whose memories are in the present, or the anticipated future.

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Gestalt Cycle

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Human beings constitute a large part of the world. A world full of various living beings, their species and a constant cycle of life and death.

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Language Patterns

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Language is a system of conventional spoken, manual, or written symbols by means of which human beings, as members of a social group and participants in its culture express themselves.

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Non-Verbal Communication

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The observable behaviour of a client can be classified as either verbal or nonverbal. Content of what the person is conversing or the language used is the verbal form of communication.

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Bytes from China Batch

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Clips from Gestalt batch China.

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