The Enneagram – Discovering Character

Silvio Oliva

Discovering your own character with its passions and flaws is a voyage into yourself.   This exploration includes unveiling parts of your inner world and at the same time giving you a range of possibilities for growing and improving the quality of your life and relationships. This workshop will include theoretical as well experiential elements exploring Enneagrams as powerful tools for treatment. The participants will have experiences that will help them identify their “enneatype”, discover processes about themselves and envision elements of change toward their potential best.

Day 1 Objectives

  • Discover one’s own character.
  • Learn how to recognize others’ character.
  • Learn how to use the Enneagram in your work.

Day 2 Objectives

  • Learn how to use the Enneagram in the clinical relationship.
  • Learn how to use the Enneagram in group work.
  • Learn how to use the Enneagram in couples therapy.

Saturday, April 25th, 2020
10am-5pm, with a 1-hour break
Continuing Education Hours (for LMSW's, LCSW's, LMHC's, LP's and LCAT's): 6

Sunday, April 26th, 2020
10am-5pm, with a 1-hour break
Continuing Education Hours (for LMSW's, LCSW's, LMHC's, LP's and LCAT's): 6

$175 for Day 1, $300 for both days

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Using Gestalt Techniques to Effectively Work with Borderline and Other Personality Disorders

Michael Cotayo, LCSW-R

Most therapists find it uncomfortable working with clients who present with Axis II disorders.  This workshop will help to demystify this diagnosis, help the therapist to normalize their concerns, and to engage the client effectively with the tools that they already have in their toolbox.  Participants will also be able to identify the wound that the client has and work from that place.  Particular attention will be paid to how grounding can help to center, and chairwork can help to externalize the traumas.  A mixture of didactic and experiential work will help to ground the participants in the work.

Participants will be able to: 

  • Identify different polarities within ourselves and work with them as we might our clients.
  • How to create a synthesis from divergent polarities.
  • Learn to work with polarities as a therapist and within daily life.​

Saturday, October 26, 2019

12 am-5 pm with a 1-hour  break

Continuing Education Hours (for LMSW's, LCSW's, LMHC's, LP's and LCAT's): 5


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How to Work With Couples: A 6-Week Hands-on Experiential Course

Marla Silverman, Ph.D

This hands on, practicum style, 6-week course is for therapists who want to develop or increase their skills with couples. You will practice on couples role-played by the group members, get feedback on your interventions – what did and did not work, and a chance to try other interventions.

When it is your turn to embody a member of a couple in role-play you will get:

  • The felt sense experience of the client’s protective mechanisms and fears
  • The experience of different character structures’ internal life
  •  The felt sense impact of the therapist’s stance, openness and interventions


  • See the couple as a system.
  • Make interventions that support both partners.
  • Create a safe environment.
  • Identify couples' dynamic patterns.
  • Help couples recognize their patterns that cause distress.
  • Help each partner recognize their part of the dance.
  • Help each partner connect to the beliefs, fears and protective mechanisms that fuel their reactive responses.
  • Help partners see and listen to themselves and each other with curiosity and compassion.

Off-site location:

140 West 79 Street, 1F

New York, NY  10024

Saturdays, 9 am - 12 pm:

2/22/20, 3/7/20, 3/21/20, 4/4/10, 4/18/20, 5/2/20

​Continuing Education Hours (for LMSW's, LCSW's, LMHC's, LP's and LCAT's): 18


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What’s Missing from your Practice? Introduction to Somatic Intervention

This workshop is now closed.  

Ricki Bernstein, LCSW 

Aimed at talk therapists, this workshop will teach the somatic language many of us didn’t learn in our clinical training. You’ll be able to resource your clients and yourself from the very first moment of the session, so as to increase safety and affective capacity. Focusing on the moment to moment process using all parts of the brain, you’ll learn to listen past the content and hear what hasn’t been said. Somatic tracking is a crucial skill for work with trauma and attachment adaptations. This workshop will teach practical interventions which you can apply immediately to deepen your work.

Participants will:

  • Learn to provide clients with clear psychoeducation on the neurobiology of trauma and its impact on behavior and relationships.
  • Understand the clinical applications of Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal Theory.
  • Learn to incorporate resourcing for both for client and therapist as the foundation of the work.

Sunday, June 28, 2020
9:30 - 4:30 pm, with a 1-hour break

Continuing Education Hours (for LMSW's, LCSW's, LMHC's, LP's and LCAT's): 6


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Introduction to Couples Work

Marla Silverman, Ph.D.

This workshop is for the therapist who wants a way to understand how to work with couples. We will cover principles and methods of working with couples, how to structure a session, what to look for and how to intervene. This workshop is both didactic and experiential. Through role play we will demonstrate and practice interventions, and discuss therapeutic choices.  Bring a sense of wonder and fun. 

Participants will be able to: 

  • Understand the couple as a system
  • Understand balanced interventions
  • Understand how to structure a first session

Sunday, November 3, 2019
11 am-2 pm

​Continuind Education Hours (for LCSW's, LMHC's, LP's and LCAT's): 3 



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We offer Continuing Education hours to Licensed Social Workers , Licensed Mental Health Practitioners, Licensed Psychoanalysts and Licensed Creative Arts Therapists for our workshops.

New York State requires that we post the following statement:

The Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers, (#SW-0201), and by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Psychoanalysts, (#PSYAN-0001), licensed mental health counselors (#MHC-0079), and Licensed Creative Arts Therapists (#CAT-0073).

How to Register

You can pay via Check, cash or PayPal, using the Buy Now buttons or Pay by Check link below each workshop.

A minimum 50% deposit is required at the time of registration.

Refund Policy:

75% refund if cancelled more than 7 days in advance.  
50% if cancelled less than 7 days in advance.

Cancellation Policy: 

Occasionally, the Gestalt Center needs to cancel a workshop due to unforeseen circumstances.  In such cases, we will inform you the Monday prior and provide you with a full refund.

For Information:
Call (212) 387-9429 or  email

Introduction to Gestalt Theory & Practice

Presented by various faculty

This introductory class will provide a beginning understanding of Gestalt Therapy and practice. You will learn about Gestalt theory, methods and techniques, and about what is at the heart of our creative, experiential therapy.

In addition, we'll answer your questions about  our training programs in Gestalt therapy. This workshop is particularly useful for those considering entering our training programs.

In this class you will:

  • Obtain a beginning understanding of Gestalt theory and practice.
  • See a video of a gestalt therapy session.
  • Witness a live demonstration of a Gestalt therapy session, followed by discussion.
  • Learn about our post-graduate training programs.
  • Meet one or more members of our faculty and students/alums of our training programs.    

Saturday, August 22, 2020, 1 - 4 pm

The class is free, but reservations are required. 

Email or call (212) 387-9429.

Cherishing Our Bodies, Transforming the World

Gail Feinstein, LCSW, LMT

The clear voice of women is essential to the healing of the world.  As women, we access our wisdom through our bodies.  When we are connected to our bodies, we are empowered to presence ourselves wholly and boldly.  However, cultural beliefs influence how we relate them, resulting in self-loathing, shame and grief.  In this workshop we will slow down and experiment with sensory awareness, relational mindfulness, movement and touch to deepen our intimacy.  As the work transforms loathing to loving, shame to empowerment, inadequacy to worthiness, we cherish our bodies and reclaim our life’s purpose and take our rightful place in our lives and the world.

Participants will:

  • Learn how cultural inheritance influences how we relate to our bodies and each other. 
  • Explore how learning to inhabit our bodies supports our waking up and being present in the world. 
  • Explore the importance of slowing down to live a more fully engaged relational life. 

Saturday, November 16, 2019

10 a - 5 pm, with a 1-hour break

Continuing Education Hours (for LMSW's, LCSW's, LMHC's, LP's and LCAT's): 6



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Women and Power:  Stepping into Leadership

Gail Feinstein, LCSW, LMT

When women gather, a container is provided to go deep into conversation and exploration – to connect to our hearts.  In this workshop we will slow down the tempo, breathe and create space to choose how we want to respond and to present ourselves.  In this relational field of mutuality and generous collaboration, we align with our authenticity.  However, our patriarchal culture has influenced us to carry self-limiting beliefs that disconnect us from our sensual authority.  With group-generated experiments, we explore what it means to be powerful and how we embody it.  We look at stepping into effective and joyful leadership, what we need to embrace and what we need to release.

Participants will:

  • Create practices to fully step into our power.
  • Articulate the ways we interfere with owning our power.
  • Describe methods of effective leadership.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

10 am-5 pm, with a 1-hour break

Continuing Education Hours (for LMSW's, LCSW's, LMHC's, LP's and LCAT's): 6




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An Introduction to the Daring Way and Rising Strong for Therapists

Kathryn Grooms, LCSW-R, CDWF-C
Christine Vargo LCSW, CDWF-C

This workshop is intended for mental health providers. It will introduce practitioners to The Daring Way™, a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. This workshop will explain the core concepts of values, vulnerability, trust, empathy, and shame. Attendees will be introduced to exercises of The Daring Way™ that can encourage a deeper self-awareness and empower authenticity and change. It will also introduce some of the practices included in Rising Strong™, a method about learning how to identify and re-write the narratives that keep us stuck or hold us back. Please note that this workshop is not a training in The Daring Way™ and participants cannot promote themselves as Certified in the Daring Way.    


  • Define Vulnerability as emotional exposure, uncertainty and risk and recognize vulnerability as a requirement for change and connection. 
  • Differentiate shame from guilt, humiliation and embarrassment.
  • Understand the components of shame resilience. 
  • Normalize and help clients identify when they are “living in story” while also assisting them to challenge these stories to move towards writing a new ending.

Saturday, September 14, 2019
10am-5pm, with a 1-hour break

Continuing Education Hours (LMSW's, LCSW's, LMHC's, LP's and LCAT's): 6



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Gestalt Therapy with Asian Americans - Guidelines & Special Considerations

This workshop has been postponed due to COVID-19.  Check back here or click here for updates.

Sil Si-Wei Chen, MA, LCSW-R

Come join us for a highly practical and engaging workshop that will supercharge you with knowledge and skills indispensable for providing quality therapy to your Asian-American clients. Through ample case examples and multimedia presentation, we will learn about important Asian values, worldview, and communication style that inform our Asian-American clients’ way of being and relating and help us re-conceptualize their presenting issues. We will also delve into specific, recurring therapeutic themes and discuss how to work with them in skillful, culturally-responsive ways to avoid potential pitfalls resulting from interventions informed by unexamined Gestalt concepts or individualistic values.

Participants will:

  • Learn the three important dimensions of multicultural counseling competencies. 
  • Understand the important Gestalt philosophical foundations and guiding principles that inform our attitudes as Gestalt therapists and provide the ground for our work with clients from different cultures.
  • Learn the major differences between individualist and collectivist cultures and Asian culture’s particular flavor of collectivism, including the foundational values and worldview guiding how individuals within Asian culture relate to self and others and navigate the world.
  • Understand how unexamined Gestalt concepts and individualistic values might negatively influence our work with Asian-American clients. 
  • Learn four key concepts from the field of Intercultural Communication that will help elucidate fundamental differences in communication styles and interpersonal contact between individualist and collectivist cultures.
  • Become informed about typical issues faced by Asian Americans, including concerns specifically related to their bicultural identities and values, and the detriments of racism, internalized racism, and the “model minority” myth.
  • Learn the various factors that need to be considered when assessing an Asian-American client’s identification with their Asian heritage. 
  • Learn five common therapeutic issues that frequently emerge in our work with Asian-American clients and how to work with these issues in skillful, culturally-responsive ways.

Saturday, March 21, 2020
10am-4pm with 1- hour break
Continuing Education Hours (for LMSW's, LCSW's, LMHC's, LP's and LCAT's): 5


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A Multidimensional Approach to Trauma: Body, Mind and Spirit Alignment and Why it Matters

This workshop has been postponed due to COVID-19.  Check back here or click here for updates.

Judy Choix, LMHC
Matthew Whaley, LCSW

The body, mind and psyche have a hierarchy and a natural structure that when working is connected, flowing and regulated. We suffer and have crisis in life not because we are broken but because we are out of alignment and/or disconnected somewhere in this multidimensional field. Misalignment is often a result of trauma. Through a gestalt lens, using field theory and neuroscience, this workshop proposes a multi-dimensional diagnostic model for identifying what trauma looks like in a client’s body, mind and psyche, and proposes concrete methods of treatment to re-member vitality and wholeness.

Please note: Day 1 is a pre-requisite for Day 2.  Day 1 may be taken on its own, but Day 2 may not be taken without Day 1.

Day 1 Objectives

  • Define and be able to identify different types of trauma and its prevalence in society.
  • Learn to identify the signs and impact of trauma on the different dimensions of a client’s body, mind and psyche, and understand how functioning is interrupted. 
  • Understand the biology of dysregulation in a client’s system caused by trauma and learn methods to begin to resource and repair. 

Day 2 Objectives

  • Begin to understand the science of attachment and the role it plays in relational trauma, and how therapy can begin to repair this primal wound through the therapeutic alliance and visualization.
  • Define memory and the role it plays in the addressing, healing and integrating misalignment resulting from trauma.
  • Define both phenomenological and ontological fields, and recognize how making contact with and orienting to misalignment is critical in the healing of trauma. 

Saturday, May 2nd, 2020
10am-6pm, with 1.5 hour break

Continuing Education Hours (for LMSW's, LCSW's, LMHC's, LP's and LCAT's): 6.5

Sunday, May 3rd, 2020
10am-6pm, with 1.5 hour break
Continuing Education Hours (for LMSW's, LCSW's, LMHC's, LP's and LCAT's): 6 per day

$175 for Day 1, $300 for both days

Day 1

Both Days

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