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Our two annual Weekend Intensives offer a unique opportunity for mental health and human services professionals to directly experience Gestalt therapy in a safe and supportive setting.  The weekends are part of our training programs but are open to other mental health/human service professionals. 

These intensives are particularly helpful for those considering entrance into our training programs, as it gives a real sense of what Gestalt therapy is, what our training is about, and who we are as a community. 

Registration is limited to individuals who meet the entrance requirements of our Post-Graduate or Licensed Psychoanalytic training programs.  A brief interview may be required if you are new to the Center.


The weekends are spent in a rural setting where there will be time to relax, meet informally and enjoy nature.  Yoga and meditation are optional.  Your dietary needs will be accommodated.

The location for our winter intensive also includes spa services, which are available at an extra cost.


Winter Weekend

Our Winter intensive focuses on experiencing gestalt therapy from the client's perspective. Participants meet several times in small groups where they get to experience live gestalt therapy as both a client and observer, with Gestalt Center faculty working as therapists.  After each session,  students and faculty  discuss the session in terms of the theory they’ve been studying, the techniques used by the therapist and the overall movement of the session. Large-group lectures are also part of the training. Guests have the opportunity to work as client with faculty therapists, if desired.

Summer Weekend

Our summer intensive focuses on experiencing gestalt psychotherapy as a practitioner and on learning how to integrate Gestalt theory with practice.  Participants meet in small practicum groups multiple times over the weekend. In these groups they take the therapist and client roles with each other, working as student-therapist under the direct supervision of a faculty member. After each session, faculty and students engage in a lively discussion in which they examine the session in terms of gestalt theory and technique. Large-group lectures are also part of the training.  Guests will have opportunities to work as client with faculty, if desired.


Although we work intensively, there's always time for walking in the woods and just being with friends.                             


Gestalt Center alumns, Summer Weekend


Saturday evenings we gather as a community, and those who wish to, can share their creative selves with songs, poems, stories, musical instruments, etc. 


To register, or to speak with someone about our weekends, please call (212) 387-9429, or email

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