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We offer training in Gestalt therapy and theory for therapists and allied
professionals in a 'hands-on' laboratory setting.
Founded by its Director, Nancy Bristol, MSW, LCSW, DCSW, in1990, the training is
designed to meet the needs of people from various professional backgrounds
interested in furthering their professional development. Ms. Bristol brings her
more than 20 years of teaching, lecturing, supervising and workshop presentation
experience to the North Central New Jersey area.
Additionally, weekend seminars in Gestalt training are offered in NJ for those interested in a personal
growth experience and in conjunction to our training program. A sense of safety
and comfort in a small group setting is stressed.
We are conveniently located in Westfield, NJ on both the Garden State Parkway
and Route 22 corridors. We are also easily accessible to both bus and rail
Philosophically, Gestalt Therapy differs from the traditional therapy
modalities. It is both Humanistic and Holistic: Holistic in that it uses
non-verbal somatic signs as tools for self discovery rather than cognition
alone; Humanistic in that it doesn't presume that the therapist knows more than
the client, The client is the expert on developing his or her awareness with the
clinician simply acting as a guide to self-discovery.
Gestalt theory embraces the concept that 'the person in the situation'
experiences an immediate and dynamic phenomenological event from which he or she
can reorganize a belief, thus influencing behavioral change.
Stop for a moment. Chew on the last sentence you read, and notice what you feel
as you reflect on it. Are you aware of any physical reaction anywhere in your
body? What did you experience that allowed you to learn more about yourself?
This is self investigation employing Gestalt technique.
Gestalt methodology employs techniques that elicit long buried feelings and
illuminates obstacles or blocks to being fully alive. Further, rather then
utilizing predetermined belief systems or abstract intellectualization, it
encourages creativity in the present moment on the part of both the client & the
clinician. It provides a theraputic environment that can be more interesting,
dramatic and fun than traditional modalities. It is less isolating and
mysterious. In addition to emphasizing feelings and heightened awareness, self
responsibility is considered crucial. Because the modality can be intensely
experiential, therapy and closure of issues is expedited.