Gestalt/Experiential Training of Maine


Experiential Therapy Training, Level 1

This group introduces clinicians to Person-Centered Therapy, Focusing, and Gestalt Therapy, giving a thorough grounding in the basics. We will also begin the study of Emotion-Focused Therapy, which is an integration and reformulation of these approaches, grounded in contemporary emotion theory. The training will consist of four units, each building on the last, exploring both the theory and practice of experiential/humanistic and neo-humanistic therapies.

The group meets four hours each month, from September till June. Each meeting includes didactic lecture, discussion, and experiential exercises.

Participants 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 experiential therapy into their personal therapeutic repertoire.

Topics include:

Experiential Tracking/Following, including:

  • Empathic Attunement
  • Empathic Reflection
  • Contact & Awareness
  • Projections, Introjections, Retroflections, Deflections, and Confluence
  • Depth of Experiencing
  • Emotional Process Diagnosis

Experiential Exploration, Including:

  • Exploratory Questions
  • Evocative Reflections
  • Empathic Conjectures
  • Refocusing
  • Process Observations

Initial Process-Guiding Interventions, Including:

  • Process Suggestions
  • Clearing a Space
  • Experiential Search

When: The 2018-2019 dates will be posted soon

Where: 131 Spring Street, Portland, Maine

Fully Licensed: $40/meeting
Conditionally Licensed: $30/meeting
Graduate Students: $20/meeting

Certificate of Contact Hours available

Minimum of 4, Maximum of 6 participants

Trainer: Tom Kubasik, LCPC

Click Here for Registration Form

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

For those who have completed Level 1, and wish to continue training in humanistic/experiential therapy, GETME offers two options:

Experiential Therapy Level 2 (individuals)

This training includes further lecture, discussion, and practice of the above principles and interventions, and will also introduce more powerful and advanced techniques, such as:

  • Empty-Chair Work (for unfinished interpersonal business)
  • Two-Chair Dialogues (intrapsychic parts work, including: self-criticism, self-interruptions, self-compassion, decisional-splits, and worry splits.)

Experiential Therapy Level 2 (Couples)

This training builds on level 1, introduces systemic theory, and combines systemic theory with neo-humanistic theory and practice, including the study of:

  • Attachment Conflict Cycles, Identity Conflict Cycles, and Mixed Cycles
  • Intrapsychic sensitivities and their relation to conflict cycles
  • Ennactments (guiding partners to express previously unexpressed feelings and needs)


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