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​​2020 Spring Institute

​April 17-18
Peter Cole, LCSW, CGP & Daisy Reese, LCSW, CGP
Gestalt Group Therapy: A Relational Approach to Healing, Integration and Change  

Hotel Info

Hampton Inn & Suites - New Orleans Convention Center
1201 Convention Center Blvd

New Orleans, LA 70130

(504) 566-9990

Reserve your room today at this website or call 1-800-292-0653.  Don't forget to use our room block code LGP​!

About the Speakers

Peter Cole, LCSW, CGP has been a Gestalt therapist in Northern California for over 20 years. He has offices in Berkeley and Sacramento. He works with individuals, couples and groups. He has trained extensively in Gestalt and psychodynamic therapies. He has written numerous articles in the field of Gestalt Therapy and has co-written two books on the psychology of money with Daisy Reese. Peter serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UC Davis School of Medicine where he teaches classes on Gestalt Therapy and Money in Psychotherapeutic Practice.  He teaches the Group Therapy class at Wright Institute of Berkeley and he serves on the faculty of the Group Therapy Training Program with the Psychotherapy Institute of Berkeley CA where he and and Daisy have served as the facilitators of the Process/Learning group for trainees.  Peter serves on the board of the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy as Co-Convener of the AAGT biennial international conference at Asilomar.  Peter is also the director of Insight Financial Group, a financial planning firm that provides holistic financial planning services.

Daisy Reese, LCSW, CGP has a psychotherapy practice in Berkeley and Sacramento. She holds degrees from Vanderbilt University and the University of Texas. For the past 25 years she has worked with individuals, couples and groups to help clients develop increased self-awareness,self-support and skills in creating and sustaining intimate relationships.  She is a Certified Group Psychotherapist and current president of the Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society.  Along with Peter, she will be facilitating the Process/Learning group for the Group Therapy Training Program at the Psychotherapy Institute in Berkeley.  Since 1992, she has been training and mentoring psychotherapists both regionally and internationally.  Daisy is a long-time student of Sufism and has a particular interest in the sacred aspect of “soul-work” with clients and trainees.

Peter and Daisy founded the Sierra Institute for Contemporary Gestalt Therapy in 1992.  They train and consult with therapists in Northern California and across the U.S.  Peter and Daisy are married and have five adult children. 


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Psychologists: LGPS is an approved continuing education sponsor for Louisiana licensees.

Social Workers: LGPS is an approved continuing education sponsor for Louisiana licensees.

Counselors: LGPS will submit an application to become an approved provider for Louisiana licensees.

About the Institute

In this experiential institute we will explore a relational approach that uses the group process  to promote self-activation, intimate connection, and the integration of opposites or polarities that exist within each of us.  Teaching of key concepts in Gestalt Group therapy will flow from our experiences together.

Goals     High functioning clients seeking growth oriented work that promotes greater personal fulfillment, professional development, personal integration and a larger capacity for sustained and satisfying intimacy will find much in Gestalt group therapy (GGT) to help faciltate these life goals.  Our purpose in this institute is to give participants both a flavor of what their clients can expect to receive by participating in GGT, and to provide a broad outline of the basic concepts, tools, orientation and interventions that GGT therapists employ.  


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1. Participants will be able to identify two specific interventions utilized in the promotion of Intimate Connection in the group.  (A. creating dialogue with dyads;  B. the clear articulation of group rules and boundaries)

2. Participants will be able to identify two specific interventions utilized in the promotion of Self Activation in the group.  (A. supporting difference and differentiation between group members; B. supporting group members' articulation of their needs in the group) 

3. Participants will be able to describe two advantages in making Individual Level interventions (Addressing intrapsychic and personal historical issues).  

4. Participants will be able to describe two advantages in making Dyadic Level interventions (Addressing interpersonal and intimate-connection issues)  

5. Participants will be able to describe two advantages in making Group-as-a-Whole interventions (Addressing systemic issues, group role issues and phase of group development issues) 

6. Participants will be able to identify the differences between the Affective Current and Affective Processing. (The affective current are here and now feelings.  Affective processing is the exploration of those feelings and their meaning) 

7. Participants will be able to define Relational Development as it is used in GGT.  (A growing capacity for creative, empowered living, that is deeply connected to self and other). 

8. Participants will be able to explain the theory of Rupture and Repair of the Selfobject Tie as it is used in GGT.  (Teaching and empowering the group to work toward the repair of ruptures as they occur in group).