RESPECT & CREATIVITY: GTIP’S Annual Introduction to Gestalt Theory & Practice

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Mary Lou Schack, David Henrich, Cathy Gray and Mark Magerman, Faculty members of the Gestalt Therapy Center of Philadelphia, invite you to join them in a workshop on the 21st century theory and practice of Gestalt Therapy.

Gestalt Therapy enhances respect and creativity for the client and therapist.


Gestalt therapy is a relational and experiential psychotherapy that promotes growth in the client by expanding the client’s awareness, nurturing the client’s innate creativity, developing the client’s resilience, and supporting the client’s authentic wants and needs. It is a humanistic approach that supports the client in their own cultural identity while recognizing consequences, conflicts, and possibilities of being authentic in the broader culture.

Gestalt therapy encourages dialogue between client and therapist that is focused on the client’s clarity of experience and ability to be in the “here and now” with confidence and openness. The focus on mind and body experience, and the creation of novel interactions in the world, all increase the ability to achieve satisfaction and competence in goals and relationships. Our process and focus are congruent with recent neuroscience discoveries of how people react and change.

Students, both clinical and non-clinical, often report significant personal and professional growth as a result of the in-depth work they do as part of the experience in the GTIP training program. The training and the support they receive often enables graduates to deepen their personal relationships, to be more fully present in their practice and in their lives, and to successfully pursue important personal and professional goals and changes.

One reflection from a recent grad, “As a therapist, I can unequivocally tell you I am a better clinician as a result of having gone through the program, but I’m not sure that’s what I want everyone to know...What I can tell you is that I am a different person...I’m a different husband and a different father and different friend. I feel different and I know HOW I feel more intricately than I’ve ever known before.” We’ve heard similar sentiments from many others.


  • Witness and discuss Gestalt therapy sessions with workshop leaders and volunteers.
  • Learn how Gestalt therapy Theory calls for and inspires strength-based respect for the client.
  • Observe the Gestalt therapy theory in practice and discuss the interventions that enable change to happen.
  • View different styles used by Gestalt therapists while observing a client experiencing their own growth and discuss and adapt those styles to your own professional work.
  • Learn how to integrate your affective, sensory, cognitive, interpersonal, and behavioral awareness into powerful and effective therapeutic interactions with your clients.
  • Obtain a taste of what occurs in our Three-Year Training Program. The next class begins in September 2018.

CEUs: 12        DATE: Saturday & Sunday, April 21 & 22, 2018

HOURS: Registration-Sat. only: 9:00 to 9:30 am; Morning sessions: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm Lunch (on your own); Afternoon sessions: 2:00 to 5:00 pm
FEES: $99.00 Tuition | $20.00 CEU preparation
LOCATION: Bryn Mawr College English House | 815 New Gulph Road | Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

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MARY LOU SCHACK, PH. D. is a clinical psychologist. She has over 45 years experience practicing and teaching Gestalt Therapy. She remains committed to the idea that all people contain the seeds for their own growth that awaits a nurturing and challenging environment to support their blossoming. Her current practice and theoretical interests include the forgiveness process, the structure and practice of mutuality, the role of the body in traumatic anxiety, and the relationship between intimacy and differentiation.

DAVID HENRICH, LCSW, BCD is the Co-Executive Director of GTIP and has studied Gestalt Therapy for over 45 years. He is a graduate of the Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training of New York. He has taught at Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy and the Family Institute of Philadelphia. He studied with Sonia March Nevis, Ph.D. for over 25 years. He is in private practice with GKSW/Crystal Group Associates in Wyndmoor, PA.

CATHY GRAY, LCSW Cathy has over 35 years working with individuals and organizations. She is on the faculty of GTIP and the Portland Gestalt Training Institute and gives workshops in the US and Europe. Cathy maintains a private practice, treating individuals and couples, and provides clinical supervision with an emphasis on embodiment for Gestalt and non-Gestalt therapists. Cathy is the past chair of the GTIP Board and the past president of the international Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy.

MARK MAGERMAN, PH.D., LCSW is a member of the faculty at GTIP and St. Joseph's University. He has maintained a practice, which includes psychotherapy, clinical supervision, executive leadership coaching, and organization development, since 1981. He has provided training and organizational consultation throughout the U.S. and abroad.

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