What you'll learn
- Gestalt psychotherapy
- Counselling and therapy skills
- Empowering clients to develop support and resources to improve their lives
- Gestalt's model of problems, personal experience and change
- Gestalt therapy techniques
- Applying Gestalt to a range of problems including anxiety, depression, relationships and more
- This course covers the fundamentals and requires no prior knowledge of Gestalt Therapy
Gestalt Therapy is a humanistic and experiential psychotherapy approach that emphasizes self-awareness, personal responsibility, and the holistic understanding of an individual's thoughts, feelings, and behaviours within their present moment and interpersonal context. In this introductory course, you will learn about the core concepts, theories and skills used in Gestalt Therapy.
Gestalt Therapy is founded on several core principles that guide its therapeutic approach. First, it emphasizes the importance of the here and now, encouraging individuals to become fully aware of their thoughts, emotions, and sensations in the present moment. Second, it fosters personal responsibility, empowering clients to take ownership of their actions and choices. Additionally, Gestalt Therapy underscores the significance of the therapist-client relationship, viewing it as a collaborative partnership.
It advocates for exploring unresolved past issues and unfinished business, seeking closure and self-awareness. Lastly, the approach promotes the concept of holism, perceiving individuals as complex, interconnected wholes rather than a sum of isolated parts, and it encourages self-acceptance and authenticity as essential for personal growth and well-being.
This course is an invaluable gateway to comprehending the core principles of Gestalt and its practical application. It is a foundational resource for psychotherapists and mental health professionals interested in exploring Gestalt, as well as individuals aspiring to apply Gestalt principles to enhance their own wellbeing.
Throughout the course, you will delve into the theoretical foundations, practical techniques, and the underlying principles of Gestalt Therapy, which include:
Gain a comprehensive understanding of Gestalt Therapy, a humanistic psychotherapy approach.
Explore the core principles of Gestalt Therapy, including phenomenology, the holistic approach, and the paradoxical theory of change.
Learn about the interruptions to contact in therapy and how they can affect personal growth and self-awareness.
Understand field theory and how it relates to individual problems, considering the influence of culture.
Learn about practical Gestalt techniques, such as active listening, verbal and non-verbal awareness techniques, and experiential exercises like the "empty chair" and working with dreams.
Understand how Gestalt Therapy is applied to a range of mental health challenges, including anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, and substance use.
The course is thoughtfully designed, featuring video lectures, downloadable resources, quizzes, practical exercises, and a comprehensive course handbook. On competition of the course, you will earn a certificate accredited by the International Association of Therapists.
No prior knowledge of Gestalt Therapy is required for this course. All concepts will be explained from the ground up.
Who this course is for:
- Mental health professionals looking to introduce Gestalt Therapy
- Psychology students looking to learn the Gestalt Therapy model
- Individuals looking to improve their own mental health
Chris Worfolk is a psychologist and software consultant. He is the author of nine books and has taught over 50,000 students on Udemy. He specialises in software, career coaching, mental health and resilience.
Chris is the founder of the mental health charity Anxiety Leeds and co-founder of the Leeds Anxiety Clinic. He is the author of Do More, Worry Less: Small Steps To Reduce Your Anxiety. He has a degree in psychology from Leeds Beckett University.
Previously, he has spent over ten years working in the IT industry helping companies including Sky, Asda, Capita and the NHS improve the digital products. He is the author of numerous books including How to Exit VIM and the IT Contracting Master Class. He has a degree in computing from the University of Leeds.
In his spare time, he is an ironman triathlete, ultramarathon runner, competitive public speaker. He lives in Leeds with his wife and daughter.
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