Contact, Awareness: Gestalt

This training begins on November 30, 2023. Register at the bottom of this page.

Gestalt Therapy Part One

The central concern of Gestalt Therapy is awareness. That is, a live and immediate grasp of our present situation, in context, that provides a coherent, holistic understanding of our situation and our own/others’ needs.

According to Gestalt Therapy theory, a lack of awareness leads to suffering: diminishment, rigidity, impulsivity, chaos, numbness. Increased awareness leads to self-confidence, competence, connection, spontaneity, creativity, satisfaction, and a smoother flow of life.

In Gestalt, “Awareness” is not about “common sense,” nor is it a privileging of the therapist’s awareness above that of the client. Instead, the Gestalt therapist engages the client in a co-exploration of phenomenological processes that includes dialogue, experimentation, and an authentic relationship between two fellow human beings.

Through a combination of lecture, discussion, experiential exercises, and experiential practice, this course introduces participants to the most fundamental building blocks of gestalt therapy: Contact, awareness, figure/ground, the here & now.

What: A foundational course on Gestalt Therapy

When: Fall 2023. Thursday, from 9am to 12:15pm. Here are the dates:

  • November 30th
  • December 7th, 14th, 21st


GETME Experiential Process Studio
615 Congress Street
Suite 423
Portland, ME, 04101


  • Students and Conditionally Licensed Therapists: $295
  • Fully Licensed Therapists: $345

Instructor: Tom Kubasik, LCPC

A certificate of 12 contact hours of continuing education will be provided upon completion of the program.

Learning Objectives:

This course will help participants to:

  • Describe phenomena of concern in gestalt therapy, such as “Contact,” “Awareness,” and “Gestalt.”
  • Track client gestalt formation processes.
  • Differentiate “Here & Now” work from “There & Then” work.
  • Utilize one’s own own awareness process for therapeutic gain.

Topics Include:

  • Meeting 1: Introduction to Gestalt Therapy
  • Meeting 2: Here & Now
  • Meeting 3: Contact & Awareness
  • Meeting 4: Gestalt: Figure & Ground

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