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Digital Seminar

GESTALT THERAPY: Learn the skills and how to apply them as integrated interventions for existing practice.

Ari Badaines, PhD Clinical Psychologist, MAPS Psychotherapy
One full day
Aug 12, 2020
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Digital Seminar
Access for 120 day(s) after purchase.


 Gestalt therapy was developed from the 1930s, and was very popular in the 60s and 70s. as part of the Humanistic Psychology movement and the growth of Personal Development groups.  It is now enjoying a renaissance as new research begins to show the effectiveness of many of Gestalt Therapy's core concepts. Some of its  strengths are the focusing on awareness in the present moment (the here-and- now), the use of 'experiments' such as the Empty Chair/Hot Seat, and the integration of different and often disowned (the Shadow) parts of oneself.  In a similar vein, the therapy session is more often 'here-and-now' with the therapist striving to 'meet' the client in an accepting and authentic manner.  Gestalt Therapy practice stands alone or is easily integrated into many other therapeutic approaches.

In this one day training event, Ari will spend some time on explaining an overview of the theory that guides the therapy process and interaction; however, the main aspect of this day is learning Gestalt Therapy skills and techniques that you can directly apply to your current therapy practice.  These will include the use of Experimentation (The Empty Chair, Dream work, Working with objects etc.), Constellations, and the Dialogic Relationship between therapist and client. You will develop the skills and confidence to use all of these techniques and processes.

Each aspect of the training will be emonstrated in role-plays, followed by discussion of your comments and questions.


Here is what people said about Ari's recent training for PDP:

"Thank you for one of the most valuable learning opportunities I have ever had! Your passion for what you do is inspiring and I'm grateful for the opportunity to have been part of this training."   

"Best, most informative workshop so far and just what I needed… Can’t wait to put these skills into practice!"    

"Ari, I loved it - the work, the group, your management and generosity and humour. Thank you!"    

"Absolutely brilliant (What can I say?!) Thank you so much for the privilege Ari."

"I loved the experiential training - please organise more with Ari. I feel he was very much himself and it allows spontaneity and good learning."    

"This workshop was such a powerful, engaging experience and the skills that I will take from this will be so helpful in my therapy practice. Wonderful, thank you!"

"A fascinating workshop. Interactive and experiential, Ari had the ability to keep us engaged and interested and explained in a clear way making sure we 'got it' before moving on. I would recommend Ari's training and will do more with him again."



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Ari Badaines, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who trained in the United States. In 1980 he obtained a post-doctoral fellowship with the National Institute of Mental Health in Washington, DC where he studied Group Therapy, Family and Couple Therapy. Later, he undertook further training at the Institute for Family Therapy in London.  Ari has been a consultant to numerous organisations including Relate in the UK, Richmond Fellowship and Youth-in-Search in Australia. He has taught at various universities in the USA, UK, and Australia. He was twice a keynote speaker for the annual conference of Marriage Guidance Counsellors (now Relationships) in the UK.  In 2015, Ari led a two-day workshop for the Psychological Society of Ireland on ‘Action Techniques with Individuals and Couples’ which was so positively received that he has been invited back each year since to present on couples and family therapy. He is renowned as an engaging and popular presenter for PDP and for several European organisations. He has been in private practice for over 45 years, and has led workshops in over twenty countries on group therapy, couple and family therapy, and a variety of trainings on individual therapy including Gestalt therapy, Psychodrama, Solution-focused brief therapy, and Action-Methods.

Registration Details

Registration fee:  $199  Lifetime access to the video and the resources Attendance Certificate for 6 hours of interactive training. This seminar provides 6 hours for CPD points. You will need a steady internet connection, and a device such as a computer, tablet or phone upon which to view and participate.


Learning objectives of this training:

1. Introduction to the Theory of Gestalt Therapy.

2. Become familiar with the application of  specific Gestalt Therapy techniques.

3. Develop sufficient skill and confidence to apply these methods into your own practice.


I have been training others in Gestalt Therapy over many years.  I have always found it to be a very profound experience for myself and the trainees as I see how it has furthered my and their personal and professional development. I also notice that in the practise of Gestalt Therapy, I become more fully alive. I suspect and hope that you will have a similar experience when you engage in this training day.”  Dr Ari Badaines

How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • You won't just 'hear about' the theory and the methods, but actually get to see it applied in the moment and can then raise questions and concerns.
  • Build a sense of competency and capability to apply wiithin your existing practice.



  • Brief History and Theoretical Underpinnings of Gestalt Therapy practice.
  • How to Use the Empty Chair technique from a Gestalt Perspective: demonstration and discussion/questions with webinar participants.
  • The Nature of the Dialogic (Therapeutic) Relationship: A true meeting with the other in authenticity without judgement nor criticism.  What does this look like in action?

Session 2 

  • The Use of Experiments: what and how to do experiments. 
  • Questions/Discussions/Applications
  • Working with Constellations and Dreams
  • Final Discussion and Questions

​Evaluation and quiz - your payment includes a quiz which when completed with a minimum of 80% correct answers, will enable you to download your Attendance Certificate.

To complete the quiz, please log into your account at and click the orange "Certificate" button under the program's title.

Target Audience

This workshop will be beneficial for mental health professionals who wish to expand their knowledge of Gestalt Therapy theory and practice and apply it to their current practice. It is especially useful for those who want to introduce or build on different, active dimensions to their practice.

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