Publications & Resources

Here are some writings by our faculty that can be published on the web without copyright infringement. We also include occasional links to other’s writings that we find useful in our training.

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Faculty Publications

Introduction to Gestalt Therapy

by Gary Yontef and Lynne Jacobs

This is a chapter from the popular text, Current Psychotherapies, by Corsini and Wedding. It will provide an overview of history, basic concepts, a case example, and further suggested readings.

Gestalt Therapy Theory of Change

by Gary Yontef, Ph.D.

Taken from Chapter 5, Gestalt Therapy Theory of Change. (2005). In A. Woldt and S. Toman (Eds.). Gestalt Therapy: History, Theory, and Practice. Pp 81-100. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications. Dialogue Respondent in the original was Reinhard Fuhr. Dialogue omitted in this copy. Review questions and Experiential activity suggestions in the original were also omitted.

Awareness, Dialogue and Process

Preface to the German edition by Gary Yontef; a quick introduction to a relational gestalt therapy perspective.

Integrating Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Gestalt Therapy

Interview with Lynne Jacobs for the Australian Self-Psychology Association.

Dialogue and Paradox (Part One) & (Part Two)

Transcript of a lecture-discussion with Lynne Jacobs, captured at the Portland Gestalt Therapy Training Institute, March 7, 1998.

Insights from Psychoanalytic Self Psychology and Intersubjectivity Theory for Gestalt Therapists

by Lynne Jacobs; published in The Gestalt Journal, v. 15, no. 2, Fall 1992.

Therapist as ‘Other’: The Patient’s Search for Relatedness

by Lynne Jacobs; presented to the conference on Martin Buber’s Contribution to the Humanities, October, 1991.

It’s Not Easy to Be a Field Theorist: Commentary on “Cartesian and Post-Cartesian Trends in Relational Psychoanalysis”

by Lynne Jacobs; commentary on article by Robert Stolorow, Ph.D., Donna Orange, Ph.D., and George Atwood, Ph.D.

Dialogue and Experiment

Gary Yontef and Friedemann Schulz; published in The British Gestalt Journal, v. 25, no. 1, May 2016.

Relational Gestalt Therapy – Theoretical foundations and dialogical elements

Friedemann Schulz gave this concluding speech at a weeklong gestalt therapy symposium at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico.

Root and Shoots of Gestalt Therapy Field Theory

by Friedemann Schulz; in this paper Friedemann provides an in-depth overview of the historical and theoretical development of Gestalt Therapy Field Theory, one of the three theoretical pillars of Gestalt Therapy.

Gestalt Couples Therapy

by Friedemann Schulz; published in The British Gestalt Journal, v. 27, no. 1, May 2018.

When the World Changes in an Instant: Exploring “Cracks in the Continuity of Experience”

By Michelle Seely

This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter in The Relational Heart of Gestalt Therapy: Contemporary perspectives published by Routledge/CRC Press (2022) available online at: The Relational Heart of Gestalt Therapy: Contemporary Perspectives. (

Other Publications

Beyond Two Chairs – Why Gestalt Psychotherapy?

Kennedy, K. and Tang, M. (2009). Clinical Psychology Forum.

Gestalt Groups Revisited

by Mark Fairfield; originally published in Gestalt Review, 8(3), 336-357.

Paradox of Change

by Arnold Beisser; originally appeared in Fagan and Shepherd’s Gestalt Therapy Now, 1970; originally published on the internet on the Gestalt Journal website.

Online Resources

Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy

A dynamic, inclusive, energetic non-profit organization committed to the advancement of theory, philosophy, practice and research in Gestalt Therapy and its various applications.

British Gestalt Journal

The BGJ is one of the outstanding gestalt therapy journals in the English language. Its articles are pertinent to theory and practice and are generally well written.

Gestalt! Journal

An electronic journal with full-text articles, interviews, and information about Gestalt therapy, theory, practice, and practitioners.

Gestalt Review

The GR is a professional refereed journal that concentrates on the gestalt approach to clinical, family, group, and organizational topics. The journal includes case studies, papers dealing with specific clinical issues, but also papers dealing with politics, philosophy, culture, and gender.

Manchester Gestalt Centre

The Manchester Gestalt Centre web site is full of useful links to other Gestalt Therapy sites and has many online articles that can be accessed.

News and Notes

“News and Notes” is a joint publication of The Gestalt Journal Press and The Gestalt Therapy Network. Published irregularly, it reaches more than four thousand readers via email worldwide and contains information of interest to the Gestalt community ranging from employment notices to workshop announcements, to requests for information and references.

Portland Gestalt Therapy Training Institute

PGI affiliate training center in Portland, Oregon dedicated to advancing the humanistic philosophies and practices of Gestalt therapy.

International Gestalt Journal

A new publication that offers a fresh view of current Gestalt therapy theory and practice while exploring the rich dimensions of its history and growth.

Ruella Frank and the Center for Somatic Studies

Study courses, workshops, and residential training programs for psychotherapists, health practitioners, body workers, yoga teachers, infant educators, and other students of human potential.

West Coast Institute for Gestalt Play Therapy

Trainings, Workshops and Supervision in Gestalt Therapy with Children, Adolescents, and Their Families. The West Coast Institute for Gestalt Play Therapy is founded to further the therapeutic approach of Gestalt Therapy with children and adolescents as initially developed by Violet Oaklander, Ph.D.

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