Introduction to Experiential Therapy

This training group introduces clinicians to the basics of Person-Centered Therapy, Focusing, Gestalt Therapy, and Emotion-Focused Therapies. The training will explore both the theory and practice of these humanistic and neo-humanistic approaches.

Topics Include:


  • The Therapist-Offered “Core Conditions”
  • A Focus on the Here and Now
  • Empathic Attunement & Empathic Reflection
  • The Self & Conditions of Worth
  • Depth of Experiencing
  • Client Vocal Patterns
  • Focusing, the Felt Sense, and the Felt Shift
  • Gestalt Formation
  • Contact and Awareness
  • The Contact Boundary and the Contact Cycle
  • Interruptions to the Contact Boundary
  • The Gestalt Experiment
  • Emotional Process Diagnosis

BecomingPersonWe’ll meet for 2.5 hours, twice a month, from September till May. Readings will be assigned, and each meeting will include didactic lecture, discussion, and experiential exercises.

Participants will have the opportunity to observe, receive, perform, and discuss each of the interventions under study. Members bring the interventions back to their practices, and bring their questions back to the group. In this fashion, over the course of the year, members will gradually integrate the fundamentals of humanistic/experiential therapy into their personal therapeutic repertoire.

When: This group will 18 times, roughly twice a month, on Wednesdays, September 2019 to May 2020, from 8:30am to 11am on the following dates:

  • September 4, 18
  • October 2, 16, 30
  • November 13
  • December 4, 18
  • January 8, 22
  • February 12, 26
  • March 11, 25
  • April 1, 15, 29
  • May 13 (and please hold May 27th as a make-up for a snow day — very possible!)


Where: 95 High Street, Portland, Maine

Fully Licensed: $45/meeting
Conditionally Licensed: $35/meeting
Graduate Students: $25/meeting

Note: Participants pay for all meetings, whether they attend or not. You are encouraged to attend all meeting! Certificate of Contact Hours available. (Total of 36 for the year.)

Trainer: Tom Kubasik, LCPC

For more information, call Tom Kubasik, LCPC: (207) 699-4979