Gestalt Work is hard work

My name is Jerold M Rothstein–Jerry–and I am a Gestalt Therapist who is now opening a practice for gestalt learning work. Aspects of gestalt learning include attention to one’s life narrative; building a toolkit of philosophical principles, phenomenological tools, attentive use of energy, and a lot more.

In the blog I want to touch on these kinds of work with the aim of building a “community of practice” through which contributions can be received, discussed and integrated into an ongoing process.

As a gestaltist I am iconoclastic. Fritz Perls, for whom I ran the Gestalt Institute of Canada, asked plaintively of his disciples, “How can I explain to you that gestalt is not rules?”

Each blog will have a statement, question, aphorism and the like to help focus comments. That one of Fritz’s is the first.


About gestaltwork

On the right, May 30, 1971, Kuper Island, BC, Canada. First day on the farm for the Gestalt Institute of Canada. On the left, May 30, 2011, St. Paul, Minnesota. Starting to plan Gestalt Work practice. Same hat. Same person?
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10 Responses to Gestalt Work is hard work

  1. Mr WordPress says:

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    • gestaltwork says:

      Thanks Sara. Changed tagline too.
      Questioning whether you can do e-mail via wordpress. GoDaddy offers an e-mail service but I wondwer if that would just complicate matters if I use the blog as the core site.

  2. rgarriot says:

    Hey Jerry
    this site and idea looks exciting but I don’t totally understand it. Can I subscribe to updates and things? Or just have to look back?
    It is great to see your enthusiasm.
    hope you are well

    • gestaltwork says:

      Yes those things are on the way. As i said, it is work in progress.
      I’ll be in Oakland Feb 22-29. See if you can save the 25th for a get-together.

  3. Vicki McCready says:

    Hi Jerry: great to “see” you again! I sure recognize the Jerry in the hat on the right…So will you be travelling around doing some Gestalt group work or are you trying to do some online or what? Would love to see you here in North Carolina, especially to do some work with those of us entering a new phase of life. I am about to retire and am excited about this next phase; at the same time I have some “issues” I would love get clarity on….Looking forward to hearing more!! love to you, Vicki

  4. Evert van der Weide says:

    I’m interested

  5. rgarriot says:

    Jerry Meeting you again yesterday and spending those hours reminded me once again of some of the richness you have helped enhance in my life. And the parallel of talking to you about therapeutic connections surviving years later with someone having achieved significance in your life–when I met you about 40 years ago and you still have that kind of importance in my life. I feel so lucky that I met you and you are still in my life. Thank you for the inspiring hours of discussion. Kind of a living book 🙂 Bob

  6. Vicki McCready says:

    Hi Jerry! So i am retired and feeling my way thru this next part of my life…let me know who sees these comments… Are they public posts? …i am glad to be in touch again…please let me know where you are and how you are.

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