Creating Connection in a Disconnected World: An Introduction to Gestalt Therapy


Gestalt therapy is a pioneering approach to human wellness and potential with roots in Eastern philosophy, existentialism, and psychoanalysis. For over 50 years, Gestalt therapy has offered an embodied, experiential, and relational theory and practice, all of which current research suggests is pivotal for creating lasting emotional change.

Gestalt means “of the whole,” and the Gestalt therapy approach does not divide body and mind but rather invites us to experience ourself—our thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations—as we relate to each other, ourself, and the world around us.

Gestalt therapy theory extends beyond the realm of interpersonal relationships and includes our participation in the social, political, economic, and racial forces in our world. We aim to heighten awareness of our social location so that we can deconstruct that which is fixed and habitual, including the forces of white culture.

With its emphasis on embodied awareness and present-moment experience, Gestalt therapy promotes lively, intimate, and vivid dialogue that allows us to meet through difference, as well as similarity.

This introductory weekend workshop will allow participants to gain a taste of Gestalt theory and an opportunity to experience the theoretical concepts in action. There will be mini lectures, demonstrations, and experiential exercises.

We welcome people from all professional walks of life. Experience as a psychotherapist is not required. GTIP training is personally life enhancing and has been helpful to a variety of professionals, including, bodyworkers, lawyers, personal coaches, yoga teachers, doctors, and business professionals, among others.

Come join us as we create connection, experience ourselves more deeply, and learn about this still radical approach to connection and healing.

Obtain a taste of what occurs in our Three-Year Training Program at this Introductory Workshop. The next class begins in September 2020. Applications are now being accepted.

The workshop will provide participants the opportunity to:

  • Learn how your history, culture, and social location (including experiences of oppression and privilege) are embodied
  • Observe Gestalt therapy theory as therapists employ it in live therapeutic sessions
  • Learn how to integrate affective, sensory, cognitive, interpersonal, and behavioral awareness into powerful and effective contact-full interactions
  • Understand Gestalt therapeutic interventions that enable change to happen
  • View different styles used by Gestalt therapists and learn how to adapt those styles to your own personal relationships and professional work

CEUs: 12

Date: Saturday & Sunday, April 18 & 19, 2020


Registration: Sat. only: 9:00 – 9:30 am
Morning sessions: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Lunch (on your own)
Afternoon sessions: 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Fees: $99.00 Tuition | $20.00 CEU preparation

Location: Bryn Mawr College English House 
815 New Gulph Rd.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

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Meet the Trainers

Karen Ginsburg, LCSW, LMT (she/her/hers) is a member of the GTIP faculty. She brings her background as a performer, bodyworker, and Gestalt therapist, supervisor, and trainer to her work as a Developmental Somatic Psychotherapist and teacher. She has a BFA in Acting and an MSW, both from New York University. She is also a licensed massage therapist in the state of NY and has a certificate in Gestalt Therapy from Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy in NYC, as well as a certificate in Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy from The Center for Somatic Studies in NYC. She is a longtime student of, and assistant to, Dr. Ruella Frank, the Director of the Center for Somatic Studies and the creator of Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy. For the past five years, she has also been a member of Kachina Myer's analytic supervision group in NYC.

Catherine Gray, LCSW (she/her/hers) is co-executive director of GTIP. She is a faculty member and alum of the training program. Cathy has over 37 years of experience in clinical practice and in organizational development. She is a graduate and on the faculty of the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Philadelphia, and former President of the international organization, The Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy. Cathy has developed and taught a post-graduate program in embodied practice and conducts embodied supervision groups and residential workshops both nationally and internationally. Cathy studied Developmental Somatic Psychology, EMDR, Gendlin’s Focusing, Mind-Body Centering, and improvisational movement, in addition to numerous trainings and workshops on Gestalt Therapy theory and practice.

David Henrich, LCSW, BCD (he/his/him) is one of the four founders of GTIP, a faculty member for 35 years, and has studied Gestalt Therapy for over 47 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, PhD for over 25 years. He is in private practice with GKSW/Crystal Group Associates in Wyndmoor, PA.

Jennifer C. Jones, PhD, LCSW (she/her/hers) is co-executive director of GTIP. She is a faculty member and an alum of the training program. Jennifer also serves as the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer of Philadelphia FIGHT Community Health Center. Since graduating from GTIP in 2008, Jennifer has provided clinical supervision for staff at various mental health agencies, and she currently provides supervision as well as psychotherapy in her private practice in Philadelphia. For the past 20 years, Jennifer has worked predominantly with individuals who identify as: lesbian, gay, queer, or bisexual; transgender or gender non-conforming; a person of color; struggling with class oppression; a person living with a positive HIV status, and/or healing from childhood pain. She has conducted and co-facilitated numerous workshops and trainings on topics such as: suicide assessment, sexual abuse, trauma, grief and loss, embodied Gestalt Therapy with individuals identifying as transgender, trauma-informed care in medical settings, sex work affirmative care, and working with people living in poverty from an economic human rights perspective. As a cisgender, queer-identified person of color who is dedicated to building a better society for her child, Jennifer is committed to organizing across color lines to unify poor and dispossessed people to fight for all of our economic human rights.

Marilyn Lammert, MSW, SCD (she/her/hers) is a GTIP adjunct faculty member. She completed her Gestalt training with Erv & Miriam Polster in the late 70s and practiced as a Gestalt therapist for over 35 years in the Washington, DC area, was a professor in graduate schools of social work, and conducted Gestalt supervision and training groups for health and mental health professionals. She has lived in Bala Cynwyd, PA since 2015.