BAGI Community 2013

BAGI Community 2013

Bay Area Gestalt Institute is a
non-profit psychotherapy and training collective in the Bay Area of California.

Our mission is to train and support extraordinary therapists through their process toward licensure. Our therapists join our ranks after completing years of intensive study of gestalt psychotherapy, including at least one year of experience as an associate. 

While our therapists represent a broad range of theoretical orientations, the foundation of our work is gestalt psychotherapy. We offer diverse trainings, process groups, supervision, and practice-building support to our associates, as well as the opportunity to be a part of a thriving and connected community of gestalt therapists.  

On a yearly basis, Bay Area Gestalt Institute opens its doors to a select number of qualified Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapists, and in particular to those who are dedicated to practicing gestalt psychotherapy, interested in developing a private practice, and who can participate in our community with curiosity, expertise, professionalism and a desire to serve. 

BAGI Associate Program 2019

BAGI comprises of 20-26 members at any given time, and meets on Mondays in the Mission district of San Francisco. We also have two retreats per year: usually a weekend retreat in the spring and a daylong or weekend in the fall. The associate program begins in September and membership is ongoing.

New associates are expected to make a membership commitment to BAGI of at least one year; membership can continue on past licensure.

Prerequisites to applying for the associate program are:

  1. To be an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist or an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor registered with State of California Board of Behavioral Services, having completed one year’s work experience post-practicum by the time you enter the BAGI associate program.


  2. To have a strong interest in being a Gestalt therapist, demonstrated through participation in a Gestalt associate program, participation in a Gestalt process group, having a Gestalt supervisor or therapist, or other Gestalt-based activities.

Applying to BAGI's Fall 2019 Program consists of 4 steps:

  1. Attending the BAGI informational meeting on Monday, February 4th, 2019 11:30am-12:30pm, in the Mission District of San Francisco

  2. Writing and submitting the written application by February 18th, 2019

  3. Attending the group interview on March 4th, 2019

  4. Scheduling and attending an individual interview in March

Applicants will be notified of decisions on April 1st.
If you would like more information about applying, please contact us at

An internship at bay area gestalt institute requires: 

  • 2-3 hours weekly participation in Monday community gatherings

  • Administrative duties / Committee group participation

  • Openness and desire to be a part of a gestalt community

  • Working with a BAGI-approved supervisor

  • Practice growing efforts on behalf of BAGI and yourself

  • Best effort to participate in day long and weekend off-site retreats

An internship at Bay Area Gestalt Institute provides:

  • A supportive Gestalt community

  • Administrative support through licensure

  • Reasonable membership fees

  • Diverse referrals to support your own client outreach efforts

  • Continuing training in gestalt psychotherapy in addition to other diverse training opportunities

  • Weekly peer consultation groups

  • Monthly process group for personal development

  • Ongoing support in practice-building and clinical skills development