Gestalt Therapy International

A community of dialogue

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A professional development workshop

~ CEU certificate available ~

Berlin: Saturday 8th – Sunday 9th August 2020 ~ 9.30am - 6.00pm

Framing of the workshop

Gestalt therapy is 75 years old. It was one of the first modalities to utilise:

  • mindful awareness
  • holism
  • systems theory
  • authenticity
  • creative experimentation

Gestalt practice is based on deep philosophical traditions:

  • Phenomenology
  • Existentialism
  • Taoism
  • Zen

Gestalt therapy draws on the work of Martin Buber, who proposed profound perspectives on human relationships, through his ‘I-thou’ philosophy - providing inspiration for domains as varied as politics, religion and psychology. Gestalt has adopted this as a core reference point in the methodology of building therapeutic alliance.

It is well established that the therapeutic relationship is the single most important factor in therapeutic success, across all modalities. Achieving this is an artform; thus the Gestalt approach does not use pre formulated techniques. Therapeutic interventions start with a knowledge of self, and an ability to bring that into the dialogue. This puts the spotlight of awareness back on the therapist, and uses statements rather than the standard facilitative questions-based approach. It requires a willingness on the part of the therapist to appropriately risk self revelation.

Whilst this is part of the historical legacy of Gestalt therapy, contemporary relational Gestalt puts the intersubjective nature of experience at the forefront. No longer is the focus primarily on the client. The insights of Field Theory are employed to pay careful attention to the levels of context of experience - from the immediacy of the dynamics of the therapy relationship, to the family and social dynamics which influence an individual’s awareness. Contemporary Gestalt applies this understanding in ways which can incorporate cultural and developmental sensitivity, an awareness of the dynamics of shame, resulting in a de-individualised approach to therapy.

Historically Gestalt emphasised differentiation and self support. In contemporary Gestalt, space is created for the value of interpersonal support, and core notions such as existential responsibility are reformulated in more complex relational terms.

Workshop process

The workshop will present aspects of contemporary Gestalt, demonstrate them in practice, and stimulate discussion about the ways this impacts core therapeutic practice. Clinical implications of topics such as working with shame will be addressed, and examples provided by work in the group. Relational Gestalt will be explored both theoretically and experientially.

Steve Vinay Gunther

has beevinayheadn involved with psychotherapy education for 35 years. He was founder and director of the Northern Rivers Gestalt Institute (Australia) for 17 years, and now teaches internationally in the USA, Mexico, Japan, Korea, South America, South Africa and Egypt. He currently runs four year Masters of Gestalt training programs in China. His specialty is the topic of psychotherapy and spirituality and is has worked as professor of a Masters in Transpersonal Psychology at Ryokan College.

He is author of Understanding The Woman In Your Life, a book of advice for men about relationships with women – a best seller in Mexico, and also published in Australia, India and China. He has a private practice which includes Gestalt, Family therapy, and Career Decision Coaching. He teaches Relational Parenting internationally with his wife, Sutara Ling.

He has been running Family Constellation workshops in Australia and the USA since 2000. He trained in this modality in Germany as well as Australia, and has applied the work to Aboriginal groups. He has also trained in narrative therapy with Michael White, and Johnella Bird.

He has been actively involved in the development of Gestalt Therapy in Australia, and continues to learn and teach at the cutting edge of Gestalt theory and practice. His first thesis was on psychotherapy and social change, and he is interested in what makes a difference both interpersonally and socially. He is currently doing a Phd on the topic of the interpersonal dimensions of power.

He has 5 children and 4 grandchildren.


€290 before 5th August

€330 after 5th August


Dharma Mati - Rigpa Zentrum

Soorstraße 85, 14050 Berlin


Workshop organiser:

Laura Jill Brophy ‭+49 152 0360 3852‬,

Workshop content:

Steve Vinay Gunther +1 323 381 9810 (Whats App),

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