Seattle Training Program


Gestalt Therapy Training Program Seattle

Seattle Ongoing Psychotherapy Training Program
2019 (our 10th year)
A Couple of Individuals

for Therapists with Rita Resnick, Ph.D. & Robert W. Resnick, Ph.D.

Internationally Renowned Gestalt Therapy & Couple Therapy Trainers
Faculty Assistant Trainers:
Kristen Myers, Psy.D., Ph.D. | Andrew Price, M.S.W. | Svetlana Vasilyeva, M.D., MC., RCC | Brien Wood, M.A.

2019:   Feb 9-10,   May 4-5,   Sept. 7-8,   Nov. 16 – 17


An integrative training workshop series approaching both Individual and Couples Therapy from a Gestalt Therapy perspective. This is a field theoretical, phenomenological, dialogic and process model.

The workshop will include didactic theory presentations, discussions, observing the Trainers and Assistant Trainers work live (a rare training opportunity) followed by discussions of the work plus optional “hands on” practice with live supervision of volunteer participants. The balance of how much Individual therapy and how much Couples therapy will be by consensus of the actual group members.

As individual therapy is usually about different relationships in clients’ lives, combining these two modalities of practice sheds important light on how to negotiate both domains — being an individual and being part of a couple. Although not the same, individual and couples functioning both effect and are affected by the other – they are both limited and enriched by the other.

From a Gestalt perspective, both individual and couples therapy are exquisitely process-oriented and profoundly dialogic therapies. In individual therapy the relationship between the client and the therapist is crucial. The engagement (differences) of these two phenomonologies (client and therapist) is what allows awareness, choicefulness and the possibility for change. In couple’s therapy, tracking the couple’s actual engagement within the session is what leads to increased awareness, choicefulness and the possibility for change.

Contemporary Gestalt Therapy continues to stay vital, relevant and at the cutting edge of psychotherapy by constantly integrating (with discrimination), both theoretical and research findings from the fields of psychotherapy, neuroscience, cognitive psychology history, anthropology and more. For individual therapy, the heart of the work is in a fully engaged relationship with the client whereby the relationship becomes the window (“fresh fish”) to identify process.

The Resnick Couples Therapy model explicitly deals with the basic human dilemma that all of us deal with from birth to death: How to be with an other and maintain a self…? as well as the fundamental source of all couples issues: Dealing with difference. With rare exceptions, how couples deal with differences is far more important than what the differences actually are.

This workshop will be taught by seasoned Couples Therapy and Gestalt clinicians – Trainers and Assistant Trainers who are willing to allow their own live work as psychotherapists to be seen, questioned, and compared with both their own theoretical formulations as well as other theoretical models and their practitioners. In 2019 we are looking to add new participants to this training.  As in 2018, participants will be divided into four groups according to their level of knowledge of Gestalt Therapy and the Resnick model of Coupling and Couples Therapy. Therapists coming with a background in Gestalt Therapy would be welcome to join a more advanced group. The whole group will meet together to observe live work with couples or individuals. All participants will work with the Resnicks and the Assistant Trainers. Participants will have the option of working as therapist with others in the workshop with live supervision from the faculty. The work will be carefully discussed and supervised in a respectful, supportive and collegial manner – hopefully providing useful and assimilable consultation. These workshops will teach participants our integrated theory and how it relates to both individual and couples work. All clinical work will be related to theory, hopefully making both more relevant and meaningful.

Workshops will include:

  • Theory lectures on contemporary Gestalt and Couples Therapy encouraging questions, comments and comparisons (both within different Gestalt Therapy models as well as among Gestalt therapy, CBT, Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Emotion Focused, Systemic, Postmodern, etc.)
  • Live “hands on” clinical work by the Trainers and Assistant Trainers with workshop participants (individual therapy) as well as model couples (couples therapy) with real live couples. Supervised practice for all therapists will be available and all clinical work will be related to theory — to clarify and to make both more meaningful and practical.
  • Participants will see and discuss live work being done by the Trainers and Assistant Trainers rather than just “talking about what woulda, coulda, shoulda” happened — which unfortunately characterizes most clinical training and supervision today.
  • Voluntary opportunities for participants to work as therapist with individuals in the group and with role-play and perhaps model couples all with live, supportive and collaborative supervision.
  • Each piece of clinical work will be related to the theory. Discussion, comparisons, questions and comments are welcomed. Theory, methodology and technique will all be addressed. Bring your biases (you do have them), your open-mindedness to perceptually reorganize (hopefully) and your sense of humor (please).

GATLA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GATLA maintains responsibility for these programs and their content. This course meets the qualifications for 48 hours of continuing education credit for Psychologists as well as MFTs and LCSWs as required by California Board of Behavioral Sciences. GATLA is a continuing education provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider No. CEP 12365.

We will have an optional theory review (no additional cost) on Friday evening, February 8, 2019 at 7:30PM.  Location TBD.  This is to bring any new people up to speed on the basic couples therapy theory and for a review for those who have been with us previously and would like a refresher.

Usual Times:
Friday Evening, 7:30PM – 9:00PM (optional and encouraged.)

Saturdays: 9:00AM – 12:30PM | 2:00PM – 6:00PM
(Please arrive around 8:30AM for Coffee and snacks)

Sundays: 9:00 AM – 12:00PM | 1:00PM – 3:00PM
(Please arrive around 8:30AM for Coffee & snacks)


  • Early-bird Fee $1250. Save $150 before Dec. 30, 2018!
    $1400 After Dec. 30, 2018.
  • Early-bird Student Fee $1050. Save $150 before Dec. 30, 2018!
    $1200 After Dec. 30, 2018.
  • Some scholarship money available as well as payment plans.