Annual Introductory Workshop

Saturday, February 4, 2023 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Via Zoom | 5 CEUs


Current research has confirmed what Gestalt Therapy practitioners have always known: intellectual insights are not enough to create radical and permanent changes. Gestalt Therapy preferences embodied experience and awareness. Its emphasis goes beyond insight and leads to lasting, integrated healing and growth.

Being relational, embodied, experiential, and experimental, Gestalt Therapy is a deeply transformational approach to engaging personally and professionally with individuals, couples, families, groups and organizations.

Practitioners learn to attend to the emerging here-and-now relationship, paying as much attention to non-verbal communication as verbal communication, as much attention to how something is said as to what is said.

Because Gestalt Therapy Theory emphasizes our interdependence and interconnectedness, the therapeutic inquiry extends beyond the realm of interpersonal relationships and includes our participation in the social, political, economic and racial forces in our world. We aim to heighten awareness of our social locations (an individual’s identity based on social class, race, family, gender, etc.) so that we can deconstruct that which is fixed and habitual, including the forces of white culture. With its emphasis on embodied awareness and present-moment experience, Gestalt Therapy promotes lively, intimate and vivid dialogue that allows us to meet through difference as well as similarity.

This introductory weekend workshop will allow participants to gain a taste of Gestalt Therapy Theory and an opportunity to experience the theoretical concepts in action. There will be mini-lectures, demonstrations, and experiential exercises. We welcome people from all professional walks of life. Experience as a therapist is not required. GTIP training is personally life enhancing and often life changing. It has been beneficial to a variety of professionals; including bodyworkers, lawyers, personal coaches, yoga teachers, nurses, doctors, and business professionals, as well as many others.

Come join us as we create connection, experience ourselves more deeply and learn about this still radical approach to connection and healing. Obtain a taste of what occurs in our 3-Year Training Program. New cohorts begin in September. Applications are accepted November through June.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how your history, culture and social location (including experiences of oppression and privilege) are embodied
  • Observe Gestalt Therapy Theory as GTIP faculty employ it in live therapeutic sessions
  • Learn how to integrate affective, sensory, cognitive, interpersonal, and behavioral awareness into powerful and effective contact-full interactions
  • Understand Gestalt Therapy interventions that enable change to happen
  • View different styles used by Gestalt Therapy practitioners and learn how to adapt those styles to your own personal relationships and professional work

Program Leaders

Karen Ginsburg, LCSW (she/her/hers) received a BFA in Acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, as well as an MSW from NYU’s School of Social Work. She spent over a decade working as a performing artist and licensed massage therapist in NYC before becoming a psychotherapist in 2000. She is a Gestalt trainer, supervisor, and therapist in private practice. Read more…

Doug Graiver, LCSW (he/his/him) is an NASW approved Clinical Supervisor with over 30 years experience providing mental health and substance abuse treatment in inpatient, outpatient, and school settings. He has advanced training in Family Therapy, Addictions Treatment, and Gestalt Therapy. Read more…

Kelly Kampf, LCSW (she/her/they) is the Executive Director of GTIP. She has a background in hospice social work and bereavement counseling. She now maintains a small private psychotherapy practice in the Philadelphia area. Kelly has extensive training in grief and loss, trauma, Gestalt therapy, somatic therapy, EMDR, Trans-allyship, Somatic Experiencing, Hypnotherapy, anti-racism, improv comedy, and is also a Death Doula. Read more…

Sarah Mello, LPC (she/her/hers) began a second career as a therapist just short of her 50th birthday. She earned her degree in mental health counseling from Capella University. She has been working as a therapist for the past 7 years in private practice in Southern New Jersey where she specializes in working with trans and gender expansive youth and their families. Read more…

CEUs: 5

Tuition (includes the cost of CEUs):

  • $150 early registration
  • $175 after January 15

GTIP is committed to offering workshops to anyone who wants to attend, regardless of financial constraints. Therefore, we have sliding scale slots available to make this workshop more accessible. The full cost of this workshop is $150 per person. Those who can afford to pay this rate ensure that we are able to continue to offer more sliding scale seats at this and future workshops. If you are able to pay more, you support someone directly who might not otherwise be able to attend. Sliding scale seats available through online registration only.

$150 (full price): 25+ seats available
$200 (sponsor level): 15+ seats available, supporting other participants’ ability to attend
$125 (sliding scale): 5 seats available
$100 (sliding scale): 5 seats available
$75 (sliding scale): 5 seats available

How do I know which rate I should choose?

Please be mindful that if you purchase a price at the lowest end of the scale when you can truthfully afford the higher ticket prices, you are limiting access to those who truly need the gift of financial flexibility.

GTIP offers Continuing Education credits to: LSW, LCSW, LPC, LMFT, PSY, ICF, GENERIC. Should you be requesting CEUs, please indicate what license you hold and your license number on the registration form.

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This session is co-sponsored by Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research for a maximum of 5 credit hours. Bryn Mawr College GSSWSR, as a CSWE accredited School of Social Work, is a pre-approved provider of continuing education for Social Workers in PA and many other states.

GTIP is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology to offer 5 hours of continuing education for psychologists. GTIP maintains responsibility for the program. The Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology requires Psychology workshop participants to furnish their license number to receive a certificate of attendance.

If you have any questions, please reach out to our Operations Manager Laura Henrich at