Gestalt Approach to Couples Therapy




Date:              9th and 10th March  2013


Venue:            Peregian Counselling, Suite 10/10 Grebe St., Peregian Village


Time:              9.30 am - 4.30 pm each day     Cost: $380     Group size: maximum 12


To enrol or enquire: email Brian @


This two day workshop offers a practical experience of the Gestalt Approach to Couples Therapy. It outlines the theory skill and practice of working with couples and demonstrates how models of field theory, attachment theory and shame apply in Couples therapy, along with simple practical methods and experiential learning. It includes:


Overview of Gestalt Couples therapy;

Shifting from individual to couples counseling;

Working with blame/shame cycles of the Couple;

Discovering and tracking patterns between the couple;

Developing exploration, experimentation and dialogue;

Application in current Family Relationship Services and Family Law


Brian O’Neill BA (Hons) MAPS is a registered psychologist with over 30 years experience, a member of the College of Counselling Psychologists and publishes books and articles on counselling and psychotherapy.   He is Senior Fellow in Mental Health at the University of Wollongong and coordinates the Gestalt counselling course in the Masters in Counselling at University of the Sunshine Coast. He was Senior Manager with Relationships Australia and worked in the fields of Substance Abuse, Mental Health and as Deputy State Director with Veterans Affairs VVCS counselling couples on war and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Awarded the Australia and New Zealand Gold Medal for Mental Health Achievement by the Governor General, Sir William Deane in 1996, he and his partner co authored the upcoming book Couples Therapy: A Gestalt Approach. He has trained and supervised counsellors over many years both in Australia and internationally.