Sponsored by
The Association For Humanistic Psychology

Gestalt As A Way of Life: The Magic and Sacred in Gestalt Therapy with Cyndy Sheldon MSW
An All Day Workshop
A Revival of Timeless Wisdom

Saturday, February 20, 2010
9 AM-5 PM
Bellevue, WA

Open to the Public
7.0 Professional CEC's Available
(nurses, social workers, licensed mental health counselors and other licensed counseling professionals, marriage and family counselors, massage therapists)

FEE: $95; AHP members: $85
Students: $55

Cyndy Sheldon has been a  pioneer and leader in the field of Gestalt training and therapy. This experiential workshop revives a legacy, teaching the work of legendary Fritz Perls.

Timeless understandings and practices developed by the Gestalt Therapy founders, Fritz and Laura Perls in the 1940s, are more relevant now than ever. We will explore a number of these teachings, along with similar ones taught by the Navajo, Buddhists and Eckhart Tolle. They are particularly important now in helping us navigate these unpredictable times.

What You Will Learn


  Brief History


  Gestalt as a Therapy


  Gestalt As A Way of Life

inner knowing


how to lose your mind and come to your senses


the paradoxical theory of change


acknowledging our truth


being open to the unexpected


experiencing the now: chewing and savoring


the magic of role playing


introjection versus chosing


how “thinking’ can get us into trouble


don’t rush to fix it; experience it first!


pay attention to the obvious


the importance of being concrete


the creative void


allowing vs controlling


and many more

CYNDY SHELDON, MSW, BCD, who studied with Gestalt founders Fritz Perls MD, PhD, and Laura Perls PhD, as well as James Simkin PhD, was one of the organizers of the original Gestalt Institute of San Francisco, where she taught for 25 years. In addition she taught for many years in Europe, as well as in Australia, Mexico and Canada. Inspired to follow her bliss in search of a more spiritual orientation, she worked among the Navajos for 15 years which has deepened her appreciation of Gestalt’s timeless understandings, some of which were upheld among indigenous groups as well. Now in her 75th year, she is integrating these approaches and is eager to share them with all who are curious and interested. Currently she lives in Bellingham, Washington.

Read article for a classic description of Gestalt:
An Introduction by Gary Yontef, PhD

Gestalt Therapy, founded in the 1940s by Fritz and Laura Perls of Berlin, is one of the major existential therapies that became part of the Human Potential Movement in the 60 in the US, and is now a major therapeutic approach world-wide from Russia, throughout South America, to Egypt, Europe and Australia as well as to many more countries. Focusing on personal growth rather than illness, this unique way of working encourages awareness, creativity, contact and aliveness.  The Gestalt therapist uses experiential techniques such as attending to our senses in the Here and Now, guided fantasy, role playing, body language awareness, and numerous other methods to work through the blocks to our wholeness. By working through our layers of personality, education, training and socialization, we contact our aliveness and our ability to connect with our “inner knowing”, or our essence. When we become more in harmony with our true essence we become our best guide, especially important during these unpredictable times.

To learn more about Gestalt Therapy news worldwide: www.gestalt.org/news

What Others Say About Cyndy Sheldon

CYNDY SHELDON has been a pioneer and teacher in the field of Gestalt training and therapy. As the co-founder of the original Gestalt Institute of San Francisco, she is committed to the Gestalt way of living and working. I have known her in several capacities and the one that stands out is her role as a mentor and teacher for those of us who were new in the field. She is gifted and talented!

Lucanna Grey, MA MFT
, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Integral Counseling Center at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco.


---CYNDY SHELDON is among the pioneers of Gestalt Therapy on the west coast of the United States. She is and has been  an engaged and talented Gestalt Therapist, teacher, trainer and an advocate of the theory and practice of Gestalt Therapy in America and internationally. She continues to be devoted to the applications and attitude of Gestalt Therapy in professional practice and in everyday life. Her work of over more than 40 years has shown her wit and her wisdom, her joyousness and  love, which continues to deepen  and grow.

I am grateful for all she has done to further the  development of hundreds of students and  people the practice of Gestalt Therapy. I am also grateful that I may count Cyndy as  a dear and loving friend.

Jerry Kogan PhD, co-founder and co-director of GENI (Gestalt Educational Network International), co-founder of the German Association of Gestalt Therapy (DVG) and the European Association of Counseling.

 ---CYNDY SHELDON is an unusually effective and inventive Gestalt therapist.  If you have the opportunity to work with her, don't miss it!  I have been a friend and colleague of hers for many years and always felt her to be a superb practitioner of the Gestalt method

Dr. Lois Brien,
past member of the Cleveland Gestalt Institute and the San Francisco Gestalt Institute, and presently Dean Emeritus, School of Psychology, National University, San Diego, CA.

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