International Seminars

Dr. Andrew Reeves – ‘Working with Risk’

Andrew Reeves is Chair of BACP and an associate professor in the Counselling Professions & Mental Health Department at the University of Chester (UK).  He has worked for many years as a registered social worker, counsellor/psychotherapist and supervisor in both statutory and private settings. He is the author of many books, book chapters and articles including BACP’s ‘Good Practice Guidance’ on working with suicidal ideation in the counselling room.  His latest book ‘ An Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy: from theory to practice’ has just been published by Sage.

This workshop will be of particular interest to:

  • supervisors exploring issues of risk in their supervisee’s work
  • practising counsellors/psychotherapists
  • those involved with teaching students about issues of risk in therapy


Venue: Teach Bhride, Tullow, Co. Carlow
Date: Saturday 09 March 2019, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Fee: €80.00 (includes tea/coffee/light lunch)


This promises to be a very popular workshop so early booking is advised. Accommodation is available at Teach Bhride but must be booked directly with Teach Bhride (059-9152465).

If you wish to book your place on the workshop please email for a booking form.


Peter Philippson – ‘Self in Relation’

A workshop with Peter Philippson, author of ‘Self in Relation’ & the ‘Emergent Self’, exploring the theory and application of the concept of self in Gestalt therapy. The workshop will include experiential work, demonstrations and time for discussion.

‘In foundational Gestalt Therapy theory “self” is only meaningful in relation to what is currently other, not some essence “inside” me. Whether people are acting in very new and exciting or very fixed ways, they have to make this happen in a wide variety of environments.  So people both need to creatively adjust their actions to the situation and also to encourage others to play their part in the development of the situation. The implications of this for us as therapists is that we are seeing the client as actualising with us while we actualise with the client. The major tool of therapy is exploration of our contacting moment by moment’.


Venue: Teach Bhride, Tullow, Co. Carlow
Date: Saturday 23 –  Sunday 24  February  2019
Fee: €300.00  

Accommodation and full board are available at Teach Bhride.  This must be booked directly with Teach Bhride and is not included in the workshop fee (059-9152465).

If you wish to book your place please email for a booking form.

Michael Clemmens – Addiction as Creative and Self-Regulating Process

From a Gestalt Therapy perspective, addiction is a “creative adjustment” or self-regulation of experience that develops to help a person manage their experience.  By exploring both the impact of “functionality” and “dysfunctionality” of this self-regulation with our clients, we can help them develop a greater repertoire of choices.

The focus of the workshop will be on the experience of substance dependency and the contact style (feelings, thoughts and bodily pattern) that perpetuates the use of substances.  We will be highlighting and practising specific skills involved in working with addicted clients both when exploring sobriety and recovery. Thoughts on Addiction

On this workshop you will be:

  • Developing skills to identify sensations and narratives in clients that lead to their use of substances and their relapses.
  • Helping clients to identify the impact their use of substances has on themselves, on their relationships and on their entire life/world.
  • Identifying specific skills for working with clients to develop alternative “styles” to replace their use of substances as a self-regulating process.

Michael Clemmens is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in Pittsburgh, PA. working with individuals and couples.  He is the author of “Getting Beyond Sobriety: Clinical Approaches to Long Term Recovery’ and is a lead faculty member at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California.  He travels nationally and internationally teaching and offering experiential learning opportunities.

Venue: Teach Bhride, Tullow, Co. Carlow
Date: Friday 18th –  Sunday 20th May 2018
Fee: €300.00  

Accommodation and full board is available at Teach Bhride.  This must be booked directly with Teach Bhride and is not included in the workshop fee (059-9152465).

If you wish to book your place please email for an application form

Jean-Marie Robine – Enhancing Supervision Skills

The training of supervisors requires the development of advanced and complex skills.  The supervisor’s task involves a double process ; promoting personal growth and deepening theoretical/clinical knowledge.  Supervisors must be skilled to support psychotherapists in their daily practice, particularly when situations present serious clinical or ethical difficulties.  In this workshop, the focus will be on two specific practical and ethical topics vital to the core supervision process :

  • Shame and shaming (of both the patient and the supervisee)
  • Use of self-disclosure (by therapists with their patients and by supervisors with their supervisee)

Jean-Marie Robine is an international trainer and full member of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy.  He is the author and/or editor of 8 Gestalt Therapy books which have been translated into several languages.  He is co-founder and past President of the European Association for Gestalt Therapy, founder of the Institut Français de Gestalt-thérapie, past President of the Societé Française de Gestalt and co-founder of the Collège de Gestalt-thérapie,

This workshop is highly recommended for anyone already working, or completing training, as a supervisor.  Places are limited and demand is expected to be strong – previous workshop facilitated by Jean-Marie have been over subscribed.  Early booking is recommended to secure a place.

Venue: Teach Bhride, Tullow
Date: Saturday 24th – Sunday 25th February 2018
Fee: €300.00  

Accommodation and full board is available at Teach Bhride.  This must be booked directly with Teach Bhride and is not included in the workshop fee (059-9152465).

If you wish to book please email : for an application form.


Previous Seminars:

Gianni Francesetti – Gestalt Therapy with Depressive Experiences – February 2017
Joseph Melnick – Returning to the Heart of Gestalt Therapy; the Effective use of ‘Presence’ and the ‘Experiment’ in the Therapeutic Relationship – February 2016
Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb – Gestalt Therapy with Borderline Experience – April 2015
Hank O Mahony – Masterclass in Gestalt Approaches to Dreamwork – April 2014
Jean Marie Robine – Workshop on Shame – September 2013
Gianni Francesetti – Workshop on Depression – November 2012
James Kepner – A Gestalt Perspective on Body Structure & Character Structure – September 2011
James Kepner – Healing Tasks Psychotherapy with Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse – January 2010