Intersectionality and Positionality in Contact - A Subjective Dialogue Using Gestalt Therapy


Intersectionality and Positionality in Contact - A Subjective Dialogue Using Gestalt Therapy


November 10, 2018
10am - 4pm
3281 16th Street, St. Matthews Church

This experiential workshop will use the Gestalt principles of awareness, experience and polarities to explore our different identity markers with the hope of freeing ourselves from the dualism with which we are indoctrinated.

10-12: Introduction, Frame and Groundwork in Awareness, Polarities, Dialogue and Identity Markers.
12-1: Lunch
1-4: Experiential exercises, ending with space in group to share self-discoveries.

Students and Interns -$80
General Attendance -$120

Facilitation By:
Gieve Patel LMFT is the director of the Church Street Integral Counseling Center. His intention is to promote humility, subjective understanding and experience. He believes in the power of non-hierarchical experiences and enjoys motorcycles, legos and records.

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Bay Area Gestalt Institute Fundraising Gala


Bay Area Gestalt Institute Fundraising Gala

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Please join us for dinner and drinks, live music, stand-up comedy, and a silent auction! Most importantly, this is your opportunity to support the Bay Area Gestalt Institute. Please feel free to invite friends and loved ones! 

Saturday, September 22, 2018
6:00pm to 11:30pm

Slovenian Hall
2101 Mariposa Street, San Francisco

Ticket Cost: 
General Admission: $75
Associates: Sliding Scale $75-$50
Students: Sliding Scale $75-$35

RSVP by September 12, 2018

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Psychotherapy in the Trump Era - A Daylong


Psychotherapy in the Trump Era - A Daylong

This event has been CANCELLED
Saturday July 8th, 2017 10am to 5pm

Bay Area Gestalt Institute presents a day-long event that focuses on ways in which therapists can respond to the atmosphere fostered by Trump and his administration.

The fee is $25. For more info, see flyer!

To register, send a check payable to BAGI to Attn: Chris Corey 425 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 or click the button below!



The Therapist As Relational Artist - A daylong with Rich Hycner

Bay Area Gestalt Institute is pleased to announce this daylong workshop with Rich Hycner PhD.

Saturday, November 5th, 2016 / 10am - 5pm
Location: Cultural Integration Fellowship
2650 Fulton Street, San Francisco.

This workshop will focus on the “relational dance” between therapist and client with an emphasis on how they form an interactive and constantly evolving relational field in which both of their relational developmental strengths and weaknesses get highlighted and played out in the hope of creating a healing connection.  

A central issue in this workshop will be how much the therapist is able to bring their own experience and personhood into the foreground, in the service of highlighting and expanding the client’s experiential possibilities, and facilitating the development of the relationship.  

The workshop will include theory, demonstrations, and discussion. Participants will be encouraged to explore their own clinical interventions, and be sensitized to exploring previously unexplored dimensions of their relational impact on clients. They will be encouraged to expand their “use of self” within the therapeutic relationship.  

Early Bird Pricing before 09/15: $100 /$80 (interns and students)
After 09/15: $120 / $100 (interns and students)

Register online, or send a check payable BAGI to: Attn: Chris Corey, 425 Gough St. San Francisco, CA 94102


Rich Hycner PhD finds the therapeutic relationship to be an endless source of inspiration and healing. He views the therapist’s presence as an essential medium for exploring the relational and experiential dimensions of therapy.

He is author of Between Person and Person: Toward a Dialogical Psychotherapy and co-author with Lynne Jacobs of The Healing Relationship: A Dialogic/Self Psychology Approach. He and Lynne have also co-edited, Relational Approaches in Gestalt Therapy.

He has been Co-Director of the Gestalt Training Institute in San Diego and Training Faculty for Erving and Miriam Polster’s Gestalt Training Center. He has conducted relational psychotherapy training workshops in Brazil, Canada, England, Ireland, Mexico, Norway, Scotland, the U.S., and Wales.

He is in private practice in Solana Beach, CA, intrigued by applying relational theory to couples and individual therapy. 



A Relational Approach to Gestalt - A Daylong with Lynn Jacobs

Saturday, November 7th, 2015 10am-5pm
Cultural Integration Fellowship, San Francisco
Cost: $100 / $80 for interns and students

This workshop will be a fascinating inquiry into enduring relational themes, from a uniquely gestalt perspective. Through a combination of lecture, discussion, group work and other experiential components, we will consider the power and usefulness of understanding the relational dimension in our work with our clients. 

Bay Area Gestalt Institute is honored to present Lynn Jacobs, Ph.D for what is sure to be a stimulating exploration. 

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Healing Shame Relationally -A Training with Gary Yontef

Saturday, February 21st, 10am - 5pm
Cultural Integration Fellowship, SF
Cost: $100 / $80 (interns and students) 

Bay Area Gestalt Institute is thrilled to welcome Gary Yontef, PhD, to San Francisco. During this day-long workshop, the esteemed trainer, writer and gestalt therapist will present his theory on shame, through the lens of relational gestalt, and its clinical applications. The day will also include abundant opportunities to witness and be part of demonstrations of the theory.


Shame is one of the most common and complex aspects of the therapeutic process—join us for this unique opportunity to learn from a master in the field as he offers clear and concrete ways to fearlessly work with this ubiquitous phenomenon.

Based in Los Angeles, Gary Yontef is diplomate in Clinical Psychology with American Board of Professional Psychology and a fellow of the Academy of Clinical Psychology. He has been a gestalt therapist since training with Frederick Perls and James Simkin in 1965 and a supervisor and trainer since 1971. Past president of the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Los Angeles (GTILA), he was chairman of the faculty there for 18 years and has been on the editorial board of the International Gestalt Journal, an associate editor of theGestalt Review and is editorial advisor of the British Gestalt Journal. He is a co-founder of the Pacific Gestalt Institute (PGI) and teaches and consults internationally.

Space is limited, so register soon!

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Bay Area Gestalt Institute Celebration

Saturday, October 12th, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Slovenian Hall, 2101 Mariposa Street, San Francisco

This festive evening will include food, drinks, live music, raffle prizes and
opportunities to support and learn more about BAGI.

Please RSVP by September 28th.  To RSVP and pay online, click here.

Entry Fee: $50 per person
Student/Intern: $35 per person

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To make a general donation, please visit our donation page.