About PGI

Our objective is to support trainees to develop skills and competency in gestalt therapy theory and practice. We strive to integrate relational gestalt therapy principles with the unique personal style of each participant and to facilitate the building of a supportive learning community.

Our Programs

PGI offers ongoing Weekend Trainings in Los Angeles, a yearly Residential Training program in Santa Barbara, 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
1626 Westwood Boulevard, Suite 104
Los Angeles, CA 90024
For general inquires please CLICK HERE or visit the PGI faculty page to contact specific faculty.


Our particular approach to gestalt therapy continues to evolve, with more and more gestalt therapists from around the world contributing their own insights. Our training focuses on contemporary relational perspectives in gestalt therapy. 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

A Taste of Gestalt Therapy, June 11 or August 13, 2016

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

Weekend Training Program, begins October 1, 2016!

Each year, this program offers six weekend intensives of experiential and didactic training. Lecture, discussion and actual “hands-on” clinical practice with live supervision are included in each weekend to help integrate theory with practice. READ ALL ABOUT IT!

International Training Programs

Lima, Peru
2 year program beginning April 2016 

with PGI Faculty
Website: for more information

Berlin, Germany
July 14-17, 2016 with Gary Yontef
Contact: Christina Schuierer

Residential Training Program,
Santa Barbara, California
March 16-24, 2017

Participants from all over the world join in our week of exploration, learning and living together in the lovely foothills of Santa Barbara, where we explore clinical applications of the evolving relational perspective, and continue to refine the meaning and practice of dialogic contacting. MORE INFO

Consultation and Study Groups, 2016-17

Ongoing groups offered by PGI faculty members:  Ann Bartelstein, Lynne Jacobs, Friedemann Schulz, Jan Ruckert, and Gary Yontef.  DETAILS HERE