Welcome to the Pacific Gestalt Institute

Advanced Clinical Training in Psychotherapy

Contemporary Relational Perspectives in Gestalt Therapy

About PGI

PGI offers post-graduate, advanced clinical training to licensed psychotherapists, registered interns, or graduate students enrolled in a program that leads to licensed psychotherapy practice. Organizational consultants are also welcome.

Our Programs

PGI offers ongoing Online Weekend Training to participants around the globe, a yearly Residential Training program, Study and Consultation Groups, and a variety of Workshops, all of which feature our focus on the therapeutic relationship in the therapy process.

Contact Us

Pacific Gestalt Institute
1800 Fairburn Ave, Suite 103
Los Angeles, CA 90025

For general inquires please CLICK HERE or visit the PGI faculty page to contact specific faculty.


Donate to our Scholarship Fund. Our scholarship program provides needed financial assistance to those who would not otherwise be able to participate in our training programs.


Our objective is to provide systematic training in contemporary relational gestalt therapy theory and practice through experiential and didactic learning modules. Instruction is offered by a faculty of certified gestalt therapists with considerable experience in training, teaching and supervising beginning and advanced level therapists.

Our particular approach to gestalt therapy continues to evolve, with more and more gestalt therapists from around the world contributing their own insights. We emphasize training in working with the nuances of emotional process, therapist-patient interaction, enduring relational themes, process of psychotherapy, and the use of experiments in a relational therapy. Relational gestalt therapy theory is taught systematically and is interwoven into the experiential parts of our programs.

Upcoming Events

3-Part Online Class Series for Psychotherapists: Being With What Is—Living Gestalt’s Paradoxical Theory of Change

Starting in February, 2023

Learn to increase your skills, deepen your ability to embody, and make use of Relational Gestalt theory and Buddhist psychology as we weave them together allowing each to shed light on the other. You’ll have new skills to find your way back to the ground of the present moment when you feel overwhelmed or unsure of what to do in your personal life or in a client session.


3-hour Online Class
Presented by Lynne Jacobs, Ph.D, Co-founder of Pacific Gestalt Institute

May 14, 2023

Both participants in the supervision relationship are personally and professionally vulnerable. Themes of power and vulnerability operate in different ways and supervisors and supervisees can benefit from exploring together how these themes operate in their supervision relationship. Are there racial or ethnic differences between the supervisor, supervisee, and/or the patient and how does the setting and level of formality impact the relationship? We will explore together the vagaries of power and vulnerability, in hopes we can become more sensitized to the interplay of power and vulnerability in our supervisory relationships, and perhaps we can also become more graceful when these themes become disruptive forces in our work.

Registration will begin in early April. Check back or add you name to the mailing list to be notified. 

A Taste of Gestalt Therapy 

Check back for updates on the next planned Taste of Gestalt Therapy workshop or join our mailing list to be notified as soon as registration begins. 

Enhance your clinical skills in a 4-hour introductory experience using a contemporary, relationally-oriented gestalt approach.

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ONLINE Weekend Training Program 2023/2024
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Our program offers five weekend intensives of experiential and didactic training online. Lecture, discussion and actual “hands-on” clinical practice with live supervision are included in each weekend to help integrate theory with practice. SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR THIS PROGRAM

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Residential Training Program 2023
February 23-March 3 in Rancho Mirage, California

The 2023 Residential Program is fully subscribed. We are not accepting applications for this program. Registration for the 2024 Program will be posted in May or June, 2023. Please join our mailing list if you wish to be notified when registration begins.

Participants from all over the world join in our week of exploration, learning and living together. Join us as we explore clinical applications of the evolving relational perspective, and continue to refine the meaning and practice of dialogic contacting.

Consultation and Study Groups 2022-2023

Ongoing groups offered by PGI faculty members, Christine Campbell and Friedemann Schulz and other trained Gestalt therapists.

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Join our community of learners, and develop your unique style as a relational gestalt therapist.

Donate to Our Scholarship Fund

Our scholarship program provides needed financial assistance to those who would not otherwise be able to participate in our training programs.


Armin Baier
L.C.S.W., J.D.

Ren Barnebey

Christine Campbell
M.F.T., A.T.R.

Lynne Jacobs

Michelle Seely

Gary Yontef
Ph.D., A.B.P.P.

Join our community of learners, and develop your unique style as a relational gestalt therapist.