Creative methods in gestalt therapy
"Gestalt therapy is permission to be exuberant, to have gladness, to play with all the nicest possibilities for ourselves within our short lives. For me it stands for all that is in front of me, for all that promises completeness of experiencing, for the things to come which are awesome, frightening, tearful, moving, unfamiliar, archetypal, growthful. For me it means the full embrace of life – the savouring of all its subtle tastes." (Zinker, 1978)
Gestalt is widely acknowledged as a highly creative therapeutic method, incorporating elements of art therapy, the use of projective techniques such as working with objects, and chair work, which utilises role playing drama therapy techniques, formulated by Jacob Moreno. It can include work on dreams, images, free writing and guided visualisations.
This training day, suitable for trainee counsellors as well as more experienced practitioners, will contain some gestalt theory, especially drawing on the work of Joseph Zinker, who believed that the creative process is, in and of itself, therapeutic. It will also contain a number of experiential creative exercises for individuals, pairs and small and large groups.
Full details about the venue and a booking form at: www.affordablecounsellinggroup.co.uk
About the host
Linda Martin is a UKCP registered gestalt psychotherapist and BACP senior accredited counsellor. She has worked as a therapist for over twenty years and is currently a school counsellor and works as a counselling trainer at Tobias School of Art and Therapy and maintains a private practice as a therapist, supervisor and trainer.