Joy and Satisfaction – GPTI conference 2016

Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd July, Nottingham

The GPTI conference 2016 will explore how the practice and theory of Gestalt Psychotherapy, such as the notion of final contact, relates to our experience of Joy and Satisfaction; as clients and as therapists; as supervisors and supervisees; as trainers and trainees; and most especially as embodied relational beings in our world.

David Whyte’s description of Joy echoes some of PHG’s description of final contact.

“Joy is a meeting place of deep intentionality and of self-forgetting, the body alchemy of what lies inside us in communion with what formerly seemed outside, but is now neither, but become a living frontier, a voice speaking between us and the world; dance, laughter, affection, skin touching skin, singing.. music.. the sheer intoxicating beauty of the world inhabited as an edge between what we previously thought was us and what we thought was other than us.” Consolations (2015) p.127.

We invite you to join with us in exploring our understanding and experiences of Joy and Satisfaction in the most embodied vivid ways that we can create together.

Keynote speech by Kirsteen Greenholm

  • How our motivation for becoming a therapist influences satisfaction and joy (Katy Wakelin)
  • Travelling without a destination – Implications for psychotherapy (Ian Greenway)
  • Joy/mourning, satisfaction/disappointment: yin and yang (Peter Philippson)
  • The Opposite of shame (Cam Field)
  • Authenticity as self transcendence (Des Kennedy)
  • Experiential workshop: Existential themes in therapy (Graham Colbourne)
  • Body, spontaneity and joy: the Feldendrais method and gestalt therapy (Gillian Allen)
  • Dependency and addiction from a Gestalt perspective (Mal Thompson)
  • Becoming a parent (Lynda Osborne)
  • Embodied joy of contact  –   assimilation and mastering in our childhood and  lifelong

Martin Pollecoff, the new UKCP chair, will be attending the conference on Saturday and a Q&A session with him is planned. If you would like to submit a question in advance, please email or just come along and ask on the day.

To book on the conference please download and complete the booking form.

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