Gestalt Psychotherapy Certificate
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Gestalt Psychotherapy Certificate

Become a Psychotherapist or Counsellor, open new business or work from home, get Psychology & therapy knowledge
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Created by Elmira Strange
Last updated 8/2017
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What Will I Learn?
  • Use Gestalt approach in the psychotherapy work
  • Apply several techniques used by Gestalt therapists globally
  • Work with people in therapy settings
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  • Your knowledge of using Udemy online
  • Your interest in psychotherapy, psychology or counselling

Would you like to learn the Gestalt approach and use it in your work? Or are you interested in becoming a Gestalt therapist?

 In any case, you are in the right place!

In this course you will take 29 informative lectures where you will learn for example:

  • Several Gestalt techniques such as the "Empty Chair Technique" or "Repetition & Exaggeration"
  • The importance and use of experiments in therapy sessions
  • Working with couples and groups
  • Using "Mindfulness" approach in sessions
  • Helping to complete an "unfinished business" 
  • Using the Theory of Change in therapy
  • and much more!

Are you interested in learning about the Gestalt therapy approach? Would you like to use it in your career and your personal life? 

Then see you in my class! ;)

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who is interested in Gestalt Therapy approach
  • Anyone who wants to become a coach, counsellor, therapist
  • Anyone who wants to use their certification from this course for work or further study!
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Curriculum For This Course
31 Lectures
3 Lectures 17:34

This video is about the instructor, her qualifications and the reasons for teaching at Udemy

Preview 02:46

This video is another part of introduction - introducing you to the actual course: what to expect, how to take it and how to enjoy it!

Preview 04:38

In this lecture you will learn what 'psychotherapy' is in general, 'who' is it for, what benefits it can bring to the client, and what is the difference between ‘counselling’ and ‘psychotherapy’. 

At the start of the lecture, we'll have a look at some definitions of ‘psychotherapy’ so that we could understand what ‘psychotherapy’ is and what it definitely is not. And next we'll proceed to the discussion of 'benefits' of psychotherapy to their typical client. 

Preview 10:10
Introduction to Gestalt Therapy
5 Lectures 51:55

This lecture we'll start with the definition of Gestalt Therapy, after which we will be discussing the main principles of this approach such as 'acceptance', focusing on the 'here and now' and so on. 

Also, we will be discussing that for example, Gestalt therapy is different from many other forms of therapy in several ways, such as its creative and intuitive approach whilst remaining directive and action-oriented. The client would be actively encouraged to participate and even enact for their own benefits during the sessions!

What is Gestalt Therapy

In this video lecture we’ll have a look at the origins of Gestalt therapy, the developers of this approach, when and why it was created so that you were aware of the bigger picture. So it’s not just about how to use it and with what kind of psychological problems, but also why it has been created in the first place and where it was successfully used already. 

Finally, we will discuss the 3 main principles of Gestalt therapy that are referred to as its 'philosophies' such as Field Therapy, Phenomenology and Dialogue (or dialogical relationship which will be looking at further during the course)

The origins of Gestalt Approach

Throughout this course we’ve been saying that Fritz Perls, the creator of the gestalt therapy, was trained as psychoanalyst. Fritz and Laura Perls developed Gestalt therapy as an alternative to psychoanalysis because Fritz felt that there are certain things are missing within psychoanalysis that gestalt therapy could fulfil. As a result Gestal therapy was a creation that is very different from psychonalysis and here we will see in which ways. 

Psychoanalysis & Gestalt approach

In this lecture we will have a look at various forms of therapy that are offered nowadays to those seeking therapy. This includes for example, 'telephone-' or 'online' therapy. 

Additionally, we'll have a look whether Gestalt therapy can be offered in a different form  rather than the typical 'face-to-face' office-based approach  

Forms of Psychotherapy

What is the difference between 'therapeutic' relationship and any other type of relationship (such as 'friendship')? Why can't we have counselling with our friends and family members? When does 'therapeutic relationship' really start? All of this and much more we will be discussing in this lecture! 

Therapeutic Relationship in Gestalt therapy
Philosophy and Principles in Gestalt Therapy
5 Lectures 39:20

In this module we will be looking at various principles within Gestalt therapy that are based on philosophical truths and beliefs, and which guide the therapist in using this approach with their client. The first such principle is called ‘self’, which is a very important concept that every therapist working with, which is what needs to be understood well.  The concept of ‘Self’ can give many answers to the therapist that are essential in providing therapy with the client. Let's have a  look at its definition first of all. 

The ‘Self’ in Gestalt therapy

In this lecture we will be discussing the next important concept in gestalt therapy - the 'present' or the focus on the 'awareness', or what is also known as focusing on ‘here and now’. 

Focusing on the present during the therapeutic session is a fundamental principle of gestalt approach. It is believed that connecting with the present and fully immersing yourself in it, can bring the sense of full acceptance of whatever is happening to the person, the development and growth which is a natural aim of any living organism. So let's have a look at the benefits of adopting this approach here in this lecture. 

Gestalt ‘Present’ Awareness

In  gestalt therapy, the concept of ‘respect’ takes an important place amongst other concepts. As in Carl Roger’s humanistic approach we would hear about full ‘acceptance’ and ‘unconditional positive regard’, in gestalt therapy - it is the concept of ‘respect’ that becomes clear and evident. 

So offering full respect to the client means helping them to get into the therapeutic process with more ease, when the client becomes comfortable. Are there any other benefits that 'respect' gives to the client? Let's discuss it here!

The concept of ‘Respect’

When you are studying gestalt approach you would come across another concept and of ‘responsibility’. Responsibility towards oneself and towards others. Here we are discussing ‘social responsibility’ which means responsibility towards other people, other living beings, and the world in general, but at the same time not forgetting own value from an assertive standpoint. 

The concept of 'Social Responsibility'

In this lecture we will be discussing the concept of relationships within gestalt therapy, what position the take place and in what way they are considered to be important to the client’s healing process. So let's have a look at how 'relationships' are viewed in Gestalt therapy.  

The Concept of 'Relationship' in Gestalt
The Essence & Principles
6 Lectures 45:05

When Gestalt therapy was created, it was influenced by various theories including philosophy, theology, perception and learning. 

So what is phenomenology? Let's discuss it here!

Phenomenological Method

In one of our previous lectures we’ve been talking about relationships and how they are viewed in gestalt therapy. We’ve said that relationships help the individual understand and learn various aspects of self, and that only though become fully-functional or ‘whole and complete’ we can start having truly positive experiences and satisfying relationships with others. This is where we let the other person to be what they are and where we don’t demand from them to change and adapt to our viewpoints. 

So let’s have a look at the concepts of ‘dialogue’ and ‘dialogical relationship’. 

Dialogical Relationship

In this lecture we'll have a look at various definitions of 'field' and 'field theoretical strategies', what they are and what they represent. A human behaviour cannot be studied without taking account his/her environment, and this is the key concept in this lecture. 

Field Theoretical strategies

Gestalt therapy is different from many other types of therapy in the way that it’s not just using therapeutic talk, but it also involves experiments. These experiments have their own function of letting the client to have experiences and not just talk. So what is 'experimental freedom'? What 'experiments' are we talking about here? 

Experimental Freedom

In this lecture we will be discussing one interesting concept that also underpins gestalt therapy, and the full name of this concept is ‘paradoxical theory of change’. 

In this lecture we will be discussing the concept of 'change' and when 'change' can actually happen. 

The Theory of Change

In this lecture we’ll talk about ‘mindfulness’, which became well known and well practiced in psychotherapy in the last 10-15 years. 

As we’ve been discussing throughout this course, gestalt therapy has its similarities to the approach of mindfulness, and nowadays many therapists practice both - gestalt therapy and mindfulness in their practice. Both of these approaches compliment each other because both of them teach being ‘present’, being in the ‘here and now’. Oftentimes, gestalt approach is referred to as mindfulness-based approach because they share similar if not the same concepts. 

The concept of 'Mindfulness'
Gestalt Therapy Techniques
7 Lectures 58:09

Throughout this course we’ve been discussing that gestalt therapy is unique in a sense that it involves so much more than just ‘talking therapy’. During gestalt therapy the client becomes a participant of various experiments where they take an active role, which makes this therapy highly effective. 

Exercise and Experiments

Hello and welcome to the next lecture of this course where we will be discussing the first and very common gestalt technique that you need to know - 'The Empty Chair Technique'. 

This technique is used by virtually every gestalt therapist because it is simple yet very effective. 

When would a gestalt therapist use the empty chair technique? 

What does this technique give to the client? Let's discuss this here in this video. 

The Empty Chair Technique

You might have heard of 'dream analysis' and 'dream interpretation' before. Perhaps you even attempted to interpret your own dreams and find their significance through understanding the symbolic images that you see and interact with in your dreams. I find this topic very interesting and I’m eager to share with you how this technique is used in gestalt therapy. Perhaps you will find a better way to interpret your own dreams and the dreams of your clients. 

Discussing ‘dreams’ (Dream Work)

In this lecture we will be discussing yet another interesting technique in gestalt therapy which is called exaggeration and repetition where repetition is a from of exaggeration. 

So what is it and why is it useful? 

Exaggeration & Repetition

Guided imagery and fantasy are techniques that are used often in gestalt therapy, though you can also know about them from other forms of therapy too. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy & Dialectic Behaviour Therapy for example can use guided imagery as a part of their therapy treatment. So what exactly is 'guided imagery' and what it involves? Let's discuss it here! 

Guided Imagery and Fantasy

Suppression within a therapy related context means that certain elements for example, undesirable emotions get eliminated or minimised through our conscious efforts. Why would we try to minimise certain thoughts, feelings or emotions, or even eliminate them entirely? We do this because it would help us to regulate our mood, reduce distress, feeling more in control. So let's discuss the benefits of 'suppression' and 'suppressive techniques' here in this video. 

Suppressive Techniques

What is ‘unfinished business’? What do you think? Is it something like a conversation we had with someone in the past and never got to finish it? So let's discuss what is 'unfinished business' and how would you help the client to 'complete' it even they cannot have an actual dialogue with the person from their 'past' 

Working with ‘Unfinished Business’
Forms & Methods of Therapy
2 Lectures 15:20

'Couples therap'y is concerned with relationships where two partners are trying resolve some issues or some conflict, come to some agreement, improve their relationship, find new viewpoints that they can share, or to come to conclusions if for example relationship is broken down irreversibly. So in this lecture, we will be discussing what is 'couple therapy' and its aims, the reasons for attending 'couple therapy', and how Gestalt approach is used in 'couples therapy' 

Working with Couples

So what is the difference between individual and group therapy? What the client can get in terms of benefits if he or she has a courage to come to a therapy group? Perhaps individual group can give an undivided attention to the client, but wha a group therapy can give them instead? Let's answer all these questions here in this lecture! 

Working with Groups
Pros & Cons of Gestalt Therapy
3 Lectures 11:16

In this lecture we will be discussing the 'pros' of Gestalt therapy, and particularly in which cases it seems to be the most beneficial.

The Strengths of Gestalt approach

In every kind of therapy, in every approach you can find some limitations and even existing critics made by other researchers and therapists. So what can we say about gestalt therapy? Does it have its limitations? Can it be criticised or it simply suits everyone?

Critiques & Limitations

In this video your tutor is saying her 'thank you and good bye' message to you! :)

Thank You and Good Bye!
About the Instructor
Elmira Strange
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Motivational Psychologist, 4000+ students

Hey, my name is Elmira Strange, and I am Motivational Psychologist and Certified Life Coach. I am passionate about working with students who want to become online instructors and coaches.

My previous work involved Research Psychology and Lecturing at University (UK).

The unusual bit: I was born in Northern Kazakhstan (where it's freezing cold in winter -40C), then moved to Russia, then to the United Kingdom.

The interesting bit: I had a life-saving surgery and near-death experience in 2012. The near-death experience made me realise that we are here to share our knowledge, help each other, and enjoy this life.

My interests: Psychology, Motivation

My previous experience: Whilst I was working at University (Wales, UK) as a Senior Researcher and Psychology Lecturer (prior to Udemy), my focus was on 'Researching Stress in Families of Disabled Children' where I had to learn what makes people stressed and unhappy. 

Since 2006 I am working as an 'online entrepreneur' as well: writing blogs and books, and now 'teaching online' which became my true passion. In my Udemy courses I combine my extensive knowledge of 'online entrepreneurship' and my passion for 'Motivational Psychology and Coaching'.