Gestalt/Experiential Training of Maine


Welcome to GETME: Gestalt/Experiential Training of Maine

2018-2019 Trainings (Beginning in September 2018)

Introduction to Humanistic/Experiential Therapy

Learning Emotion Focused Therapy

Why Take a GETME Training?

Being a good psychotherapist is hard work. It can be confusing, at times emotionally draining, and sometimes it’s hard to tell if you’re helping. If you’re a therapist, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting the support you need.

What kind of support does a therapist need? “Support” comes in many forms, and we need different things at different times, but here are two perennial answers to the question:

Theory. You need a strong grounding in a theory (or more than one theory!) to help you organize both your thinking and your behavior during the therapeutic hour. With a sturdy grasp of theory, you have something of a map of the arc of your work, and you know what move to make next. If you find yourself not knowing what to do next, there’s some element of your theory that you haven’t mastered yet. This is not unusual — ideally, it’s how we learn! Being a good therapist requires continued study. The more you learn and understand about your work, the more helpful you become, and the more accomplished and confident you feel.

Interpersonal Support. Reading theory is important and necessary, but it isn’t in itself sufficient for transmitting the behavior and values of a therapeutic tradition. Meeting regularly with a supervisor you trust is essential, because this provides interpersonal support for your learning.

There are times in a therapist’s career, however (especially early in a career), when additional interpersonal support can be advantageous. Having a group of clinicians with whom you regularly meet, and with whom you are learning the same theory and practice, can be invaluable. An experience of true interpersonal support is as important to the learning process as the mastery of theory. (Many people have told me this was what was missing from their grad school experience.)

By joining a GETME group, you become part of a small (5-7 people) cohort of therapists that train and learn together for 10 months, with theory, experiential practice, and discussion. You’ll share in each other’s struggles and triumphs as you grapple with the macro- and micro-processes of psychotherapy. Participants regularly express that their GETME training group is the place where they get intellectually and emotionally recharged.

Specifically, GETME trains therapists in the Humanistic/Experiential tradition: Person-Centered, Gestalt, Focusing, and Emotion-Focused therapies. GETME trainings offers both the theory and the people to support you in becoming the best therapist you can be.