International certification in Gestalt Therapy 

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Gestalt Certified Associate (GCA)

Gestalt Psychology and Therapy Level 1



25th to 28th June, 2020.

(9am to 6.30pm all days)


Gestalt Certified Associate


Self-contained room at INR 5,000/- (all nights)


936 hours of work (Excluding pre and post work)


INR 24,500/- (meals, course material & taxes)

You save: INR 3,062/- (12.5%)

Payment Plans

Lump-sum and Installment options available


Vinayalaya Retreat House, Andheri (E), Mumbai.


Above 16 years of age


Joel Fernandes: 9930748410 or joelcferns@anilthomas.co

Gestalt Therapy is an approach to mental wellness that helps people resolve past conflicts and become more present. When you beyond the past, you can find peace in the present and enrich your interactions in the world around you. Gestalt Therapy can help people address symptoms of mental health conditions.

Gestalt therapy is built upon two central ideas: that the most helpful focus of psychotherapy is the experiential present moment, and that everyone is caught in webs of relationships; thus, it is only possible to know ourselves against the background of our relationships to others.

Gestalt therapy was forged from various influences upon the lives of its founders during the times in which they lived, including: new insights in physics, Eastern religion, existential phenomenology, Gestalt psychology, psychoanalysis, experimental theatre, as well as systems theory and field theory. 

Gestalt therapy is not identical with Gestalt psychology but Gestalt psychology influenced the development of Gestalt therapy to a large extent.

The body knows everything.

We know very little.

Intuition is the body’s intelligence

-Fritz Perls

What will you learn

Gestalt therapy focuses on process (what is actually happening) over content (what is being talked about). 

Gestalt therapy is a method of awareness practice (also called "mindfulness" in other clinical domains), by which perceiving, feeling, and acting are understood to be conducive to interpreting, explaining, and conceptualizing. 

The objective of Gestalt therapy is to enable the client to become more fully and creatively alive and to become free from the blocks and unfinished business that may diminish satisfaction, fulfillment, and growth, and to experiment with new ways of being.


  • Introduction to Coaching through Gestalt Approaches

  • Now-ness - The Here and Now, allowance before acceptance

  • The Gestalt prayer & Fritz' explanation

  • The sound of Gestalt

  • Zina - The dance of Gestalt

  • Fantasy approaches

  • Unfinished business & how beliefs are formed

  • Systemic constellation and psychodrama

  • The classic of Fritz - "The empty chair"

  • Touching the boundaries, sensing contact. Knowing theFigure & Ground

  • The Gestalt Cycle - The Pendulum Theory

  • Commerce of Resistance - How we create our blocks

  • Abnormal Psychology

  • Parts Integration / Collapse of the polarities

Nothing has meaning without its context.

Meaning doesn’t exist!

Fritz Perls

Resources for members

Pre kit

on enrolling for the GCA course, each Student will be given access to online and offline content. this may be something to read or sometimes an audio or a video. these are preparatory material that will enable the student to be ready for the course from the prescptecive of academics as well as self actualisation. It is mandatory that the pre-work must be completed before the student gets in the classroom.

Mid Kit

As the course advances, there would be certain support material that would be given to be followed through before the next day. also there are some assessments that will enhances the subject knowledge (which includes material to read, or listen or even watch). To grow through Gestalt, to get a good handle on the subject and also to hold the space for the client, the mid-kit is a good resource and a strong recommendation. 

Post Kit

As a part of the Continuous Education Program, the post kit is designed as a regular support. There are some assessments that need to be completed within a said period to be listed on the fellowship page. This ensures that the GCA are tested and fit academically.

Students TimeLine

There is something inside of us that is stronger that all of us.

Richard (Dick) McHugh SJ PhD

High Standards

Every Student is evaluated through the many standard protocols with which Dick has taught us. through this assessments the dance of gestalt is brought to life. this is Fritz's Gestalt taught as I have learnt from Dick.

This course and these four days are a dedication to the journey of that life, its a commitment to keep the balance of Gestalt alive, every time when life pulls us. and therefore the certification process is authentic, strict and aligned. 

Accreditation/ Certification Pre-requisites

1.Successful completion of the Prework.

2. Attendance of all the slots on each of the day. 

3. Completion of the in-class assessments. 

4. Active participation in classroom practice session.

5. Written Integration.

6. Post class assessments

Logo and usage

What is Gestalt?

Gestalt, refers to the form or shape of something and suggests that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. There is an emphasis on perception in this particular theory of counselling. Gestalt therapy gives attention to how we place meaning and make sense of our world and our experiences.

Gestalt therapy is a client-centred approach to psychotherapy that helps clients focus on the present and understand what is really happening in their lives right now, rather than what they may perceive to be happening based on past experience.

It is a highly positive and practical integrative therapeutic approach. Broadly, Gestalt practitioners help people to focus on their immediate thoughts, feelings and behaviour and to better understand the way they relate to others. This increased awareness can help people to find a new perspective, see the bigger picture and start to effect changes.

History of Gestalt

The first Gestalt institute was established in New York in the early 1950s. During the 1960s and 70s, Gestalt therapy rose to rapid and widespread popularity, especially in the USA. Today, Gestalt is a well established, well known therapeutic approach and is increasingly popular with people looking for a practical, positive way to address problems and effect change in their lives. In other words, the approach focused on the person and the uniqueness of their experience.

The goal of Gestalt therapy is for the client to be collaborating with the therapist to increase personal awareness and actively challenge the roadblocks that have been getting in the way of healing until now.

How Gestalt works

Gestalt is a German word. The closest translation is ‘whole’, ‘pattern’ or ‘form’. It has the sense that meaning cannot be found from breaking things down into parts but rather from appreciation of the whole. In other words, Gestalt is a holistic process. It regards the individual as a totality of mind, body, emotions and spirit who experiences reality in a way unique to themselves.

Gestalt therapy emphasizes that to alleviate unresolved anger, pain, anxiety, resentment, and other negative feelings; these emotions cannot just be discussed, but must be actively expressed in the present time. If that doesn’t happen, both psychological and physical symptoms can arise.

By building self-awareness, gestalt therapy helps clients better understand themselves and how the choices they make affect their health and their relationships. With this self-knowledge, clients begin to understand how their emotional and physical selves are connected and develop more self-confidence to start living a fuller life and more effectively deal with problems.

In practice, Gestalt practitioners work with clients to help them focus on self-awareness: on what is happening from one moment to the next or, as we often say, in the Here and Now. Increased awareness and understanding of the present, of one’s immediate thoughts, feelings and behaviour, and of patterns of relating can bring about powerful change and new perspectives.

In Gestalt therapy the patient quickly learns to make the discrimination between ideas and ideation, between well-worn obsession pathways and new thoughts, between a statement of experience and a statement of a statement.

For practitioners, Gestalt’s focus on the present moment, and on immediate thoughts and feelings, make it a very lively, spontaneous and creative approach.

For clients, the greater holistic awareness and increased insight into how we think, feel and act is very liberating. It builds self-confidence, frees people to address issues and helps them to live life to its fullest potential.

How It Helps

Collaborative Relationship

Gestalt therapy intends for the client to gain greater awareness of their experience of being in the world. Gestalt therapists do not have a goal of changing their clients. In fact, clients are encouraged to focus on becoming more aware of themselves, staying present, and processing things in the here and now.

Moving Blocks

It is suggested that the way we learn how to survive experiences, particularly painful experiences, is to create blocks or push things out of awareness so that we can move forward. As effective as it may seem, it can create trouble for us as we become more compartmentalized and fragmented in our sense of self and our experiences.

The very techniques we once used to help ourselves become blocks to self-awareness and growth. Increasing client awareness allows for these blocks to be identified, properly challenged, and moved out of the way so we can find healing and personal growth.

Personal Responsibility

A key goal in Gestalt therapy is to allow clients the opportunity to own and accept their experiences. In blaming others, we lose our sense of control and become victim to the event or the other person involved in the event. Gestalt therapy encourages clients to challenge those old ways of how we may have created meaning about an experience.

Learning how to accept and embrace personal responsibility is a goal of Gestalt therapy, allowing clients to gain a greater sense of control in their experiences and to learn how to better regulate their emotions and interactions with the world.


Self-Regulation and Growth

Gestalt therapy suggests that, inherently, people strive for self-regulation and growth. However, we sometimes develop techniques to emotionally survive unfortunate and painful experiences. Some of these techniques feel helpful in the short-term because they can help minimize our pain or distress. However, over the long-term, they leave us is more emotionally shaky places, unable to express ourselves. We may find it hard to interact with others, and difficult to learn how to effectively regulate ourselves and be whole, responsible beings.

Gestalt therapy believes that, despite some of these setbacks, people are still wired for this sense of wholeness and feel distressed when we are not able to achieve it. Our distress might look like physical illness, emotional reactivity, isolation, and more.

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