"If we were to choose one key idea to stand as a symbol for the Gestalt approach, it might well be the concept of authenticity, the quest for authenticitythe therapist cannot teach what she does not know...A therapist knows within herself that she is communicating her own fears as well as her courage, her defensiveness as well as her openness, her confusion as well as her clarity. 

"The therapist's awareness, acceptance, and sharing of these truths can be a highly persuasive demonstration of her own authenticity. Such a position is not acquired overnight. It is to be learned and relearned ever more deeply throughout one's entire life."

- Levitsky and Simkin-1972


Overview

I am inspired and excited to create and share an in-depth Gestalt Advanced training for QEC practitioners. Lawrence is inspired to get our home ready to welcome you and do his part in hosting your stay.


The aim of Gestalt is to explore and discover our wholeness, our authenticity. Through raising awareness we are able to integrate the disparate parts of ourselves, to become who we truly are.

The aim of QEC is to uncover the resistances and blocks we unconsciously hold to the flow of healthy self-regulation. By accessing the power of the subconscious we can change hard-wired destructive and limiting beliefs and behaviours, freeing us up to become who we prefer to be.


When Gestalt and QEC are blended and offered within a therapeutic Healing Relationship we have a powerful recipe for change.

 

"If we were to choose one key idea to stand as a symbol for the Gestalt approach, it might well be the concept of authenticity, the quest for authenticity."



The Training Course

This course will be run over 6 months, or as was suggested on the retreat recently, we aim to cover “6 years in 6 months!”

It is open to certified QEC practitioners who want to deepen their own work on themselves and become more skilful authentic QEC practitioners.

Conditions of certification are:

1. Attendance at both live weekend workshops in Devon (Melanie's home)
2. Attendance at weekly online lectures and small group supervision sessions (held on Wednesday evenings) 
3. Commitment to work on self 
4. Completion of one case study- demonstrating application of Gestalt-QEC (from February 2025)


The course is held in two parts:

Part 1

Begins with weekend workshops teaching fundamentals of QEC theory and practice. We then have a break of two months over Xmas.

Part 2

Begins with a weekend workshop. The focus is: use of experimentation to expand awareness and application of Gestalt-QEC.

There will be a Case Study in Part 2 with one client over 8-10-week timeframe. 

Dates and times can be found here

Exclusively available to QEC Practitioners. 12 places available.

Weekend workshops in Exton, Devon, with lovely walks near Melanie’s home

Programme

Part 1, Weekend 1

Gestalt will be taught through lectures and live demos, experiential work in triads supervised by Melanie.

Lawrence will be our host for making vegetarian lunches and providing teas and coffees.

These three days will cover Gestalt Fundamentals:

1. Phenomenology and the power of observation
2. Awareness raising, key to growth & development
3. Field theory- seeing the individual wholly and in context
4. The Sacred I-Thou Relationship as container for healing
5. The cycle of Healthy Self-Regulation
6. Contact and withdrawal, figure and ground


Lectures Online

The first 5 sessions are online with Melanie on alternate weeks (see dates), and cover interruptions to contact & flow in the Gestalt healthy cycle of experience.

We will look at how QEC can work with and remove interruptions at each of stage in the cycle:

Session one: Sensation and Awareness
Session two: Mobilisation
Session three: Action
Session four: Contact
Session five: Satisfaction and withdrawal

Practicums

Practicums will be held online in your triads every other week and will explore what was learned in lectures. These will be recorded and share with Melanie when invited to do so. Melanie will sit in every fourth practicum.

Two-month break (mostly) December- January

 

Part 2, Weekend 2 

Gestalt will be taught through lectures and live demos, experiential work in triads supervised by Melanie.

Lawrence will be our host for making vegetarian lunches and providing teas and coffees

These three days will cover Gestalt experiment in expanding growth and awareness.

1. Grading and pacing
2. Challenge versus support
3. Empty chair and two chair dialogue
4. Dream work
5. Polarities and conflict resolution


Lectures Online

The final 5 sessions are online with Melanie on alternate weeks (see dates) and cover practical application of Gestalt therapy and integration with QEC work in specific areas.

Session one: Working with a client: assessment, treatment and structure. 8-10 sessions of Gestalt-QEC is required with a case study to certify
Session two: Resourcing a client
Session three: Working with Anxiety and Depression
Session four: Working with Shame
Session five: Working with Trauma; final session and goodbye


Practicums

Practicums will be held online in your triads every other week and will explore what was learned in lectures. These will be recorded and share with Melanie when invited to do so. Melanie will sit in every fourth practicum.

Certification will be done in May 2025 on satisfactory completion of case study and having attended all lecture sessions and practicums

The coastal town of Exmouth is 15 minutes from Melanie where B&Bs can be found