An Introduction to Gestalt Counselling Skills training course will be brought to you for a second year in 2018  by Dr Melanie Salmon, Gestalt Psychotherapist & trainer. Dr Salmon is also a Level 3 TRE and QEC trainer.


“The human heart yearns for contact- above all it yearns for genuine dialogue. Dialogue is at the heart of the human. Without it we are not fully formed. Each of us yearns to be met – to be recognised in our uniqueness, our fullness, and our vulnerability.”

Richard Hycner “The Healing Relationship in Gestalt Therapy”


Gestalt differs from most other talk therapies. Gestalt is a here-and-now therapy, meaning we focus on what is happening in each present moment of contact. The aim of Gestalt therapy is to fully accept, without judgement, the client as he /she is.



This dialogic relationship of trust and respect, is what allows healing to take place. The therapist-client relationship IS the vehicle of healing. The therapist uses self-as-instrument, for authentic feedback during an authentic dialogue.


Gestalt uses awareness-raising as the prime growth objective, and is body-based and creative. Many options are available to explore awareness such as body process, dream work, dance and movement and polarity work with two chairs.

What topics will be covered?
  • Gestalt awareness process and the healthy cycle of self-regulation
  • Interruptions to contact
  • Gestalt dialogic method as proposed by Martin Buber and the I-THOU way of relating
  • Clinical Phenomenology as a method of investigating the therapist-client relationship
  • Field Theory application to Gestalt therapy
  • Dream work and experiment in awareness-raising


The design of the program will include lectures, demonstrations, pair work, working in triads, working in small groups and fish bowl demonstrations. The trainee will be exposed to a wide range of experiential hands-on Gestalt methodology and there will be opportunity for creative exploration through drawing, movement, dream work and psycho drama.


Training will be tailored to the unique needs of the student group. Many are already working with stress and trauma using body techniques such as TRE and QEC. This course will teach students how to support clients who like to share during such work.

Will there be sufficient practice of the Gestalt method?

A lot of time will be given during training to work in pairs and triads while being supervised. Buddy pairs will be formed for practice between training weekends. This may take place over Skype. Students will have a free session with the trainer and one with the allocated supervisor.

Training Dates 2018
Gestalt Basic Skills Course
Workshop Part One:
16-18 February 2018
Workshop Part Two:
13-15 April 2018
All days run from 09:00 - 17:00
58, Adam Tas Road, Somerset West
Option 1
Early bird fee
R1000 deposit is payable upon registration.
This secures your place on the course. The balance of R8000 is due one month before course begins
Option 2
Payment plan
R1000 deposit is payable upon registration.
This secures your place on the course.
Please contact Michelle Green for personalized payment plan
Places are limited to 15, early booking is essential.
Gestalt Personal Growth Group

This is an additional group that will be run once a week by Dr Salmon at her home for those who wish to deepen their knowledge of group process.


Every Monday morning and evening an optional Gestalt therapy group will be held, each lasting two hours. It will run for 8 weeks up to the second Gestalt weekend.

This personal process group has been found to be very popular and allows for deepening of the Gestalt leaning. It is especially useful if you already run groups and would like to learn more about the way Gestaltists use group process



58, Adam Tas Road, Somerset West


There will be an additional charge to attend this group of R2400, paid at the time of booking for Gestalt training. This works out to R300/week x 8 weeks.


For booking enquiries and registration, please contact Michelle Green, Admin Manager.
Please indicate if you would like to attend the weekly Gestalt Personal Growth Group.


CELL: 082 874 8591
TEL: 028 312 4223
FAX: 028 312 3285

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