An Introduction to Gestalt Therapy

A 2-Day Workshop with Dave Mann

Dates: 19th & 20th April 2018. 2 days CPD

Time: 10am - 4pm

Venue: Old School House, Chapel Street, Belper, Derbyshire. DE56 1AR

Capacity: 15 delegates

Cost: £165 for 2 days CPD to include tea-break refreshments. Please bring your own lunch.

Trainer: Dave Mann UKCP Registered Gestalt Psychotherapist, MSc (Psychotherapy), Dip Supervision, Dip SPTI, Dip Coun, TSM (GPTI & SPTI), RMN.


Dave Mann is a UKCP Registered Gestalt Psychotherapist, Supervisor, Trainer and a Published Author. He has delivered Psychotherapy and Counselling training up to Masters level at training Institutes across the UK and internationally. He is a former Assistant Editor of the British Gestalt Journal and examines trainee psychotherapists nationally.

Dave's passionate interest in creative and academic writing has led him to authoring, amongst other publications:

Gestalt Therapy: 100 Key Points & Techniques (Taylor & Francis 2010)

Assessing Suicidal Risk (Gestalt Therapy in Clinical Practice, 2013) edited by G. Francesetti, M. Gecele and J. Roubal.

What is the workshop about?

We will journey through the various maps used in gestalt to explain how each of us block, inhibit or restrict our contact with the world and how these ways of being develop and are maintained. Exploration of the methodology of the gestalt approach will be through dialogue, experiential exercises and experimentation.

Specific areas that will be covered will include:

  • Ways in which experience is conceptualised in gestalt therapy.
  • Application of the gestalt cycle to our everyday relating and how we moderate our contact with our environment and others.
  • Exploring how each of us reach out to make sense of our world (phenomenology).
  • How our situation affects us moment by moment in a process of ‘selfing’.
  • The art of dialogue.
  • The gestalt experiment – exploding the myths.
  • Unfinished Business.
  • The Paradoxical Theory of Change.

What will the workshop involve?

This workshop will involve experiential learning - it is not for those who want distance learning! All experiential work will be underpinned by gestalt theory and the belief that we learn best in a fully embodied, holistic way. Elements of bodywork, demonstration pieces, use of creative media and the possibility of dream work will run alongside traditional teaching methods. Dave believes that it is important to strike a balance between structure and sufficient flexibility to allow for emerging needs from the group. Active participation will be encouraged whilst respecting each individuals flow between contact and withdrawal. As the prime aim of gestalt is awareness, so awareness will be the prime aim of this workshop.

Who might be interested?

This course is likely to be of interest to counsellors and psychotherapists of all modalities as well as forming a solid base for those wishing to embark upon specific training in gestalt therapy. It may act as a refresher for those with previous training in the approach. Anyone working in the ‘helping professions’ is likely to gain from attending this experiential training event – social workers, psychiatric nurses, occupational therapists to name a few. Essentially if you have an interest in human relating then this course will have something for you.