Gestalt Coaching Skills Workshop – now running virtually

Please note: In these times of lockdown we are pleased to be able to run the Gestalt Coaching Skills workshop virtually. It remains an experiential programme with no changes to content, faculty, practice, accreditation or quality. As the programme is now being run virtually we are passing on the saving of venue costs onto our participants. Therefore the new fee is £585.00 plus VAT for the virtual programme.

Please do not hesitate to ask us how we have adapted this programme to ensure you receive the high quality that we demand of all of our programmes.

This two day workshop covers:

  • The nature of sensory and emotional awareness
  • Using observations of what you see, hear and feel in client systems
  • The Gestalt Cycle of Experience as a dynamic model to understand individual and group development
  • The paradoxical nature of change
  • Working with resistance in coaching practice

Reasons to enrol

As a result of attending you will:

  • Understand how to work in the present
  • Experience the importance of the coaching relationship as a vehicle for change
  • Know how to use yourself in the relationship to powerful effect
  • Be able to work with the current experience of the client, ie phenomenologically
  • Understand and work with resistance in the change process

The workshop is designed to be highly experiential as a prerequisite to theoretical understanding, with opportunities for ‘in the moment’ learning from personal and group experience. Gestalt theory and practice is a very effective and empowering change process for working with individuals, teams and organisations, bringing greater understanding and awareness of how people communicate and relate with each other. As an approach to human functioning it offers an understanding of what it is to be alive and human, and was influenced by such diverse areas of study as eastern philosophy, field theory, philosophy, psychoanalysis and Gestalt psychology.

A Gestalt framework offers a way of being, of developing presence so that the coach acts as a powerful role model in his/her work. It focuses on how beliefs, values and attitude affect people’s relationships, how they respond to change and therefore the impact on business targets. It promotes clarity and discovery where more rational approaches no longer offer the solution.

Gestalt based coaching is underpinned by a number of interconnected concepts:

    • Present centred awareness: awareness is seen as curative and growth producing. The coaching process follows the client’s experience, staying with what is present and aware.
    • Emphasis on the unique experience of the individual: individual experience comprises emotions, perceptions, behaviour and body sensations as well as memories and ideas and is honoured and respected as being true for each individual
    • Creative experimentation: the collaborative efforts of the client and coach promote growth and discovery through experimental methodology in which the coach‘tests’out hunches against the client’s experience and modifies accordingly.
    • Relationship: Relationality is central to the change process. Presence, dialogue and the visibility of the coach characterise the co-created relationship of client and coach

Who is this course for?

Practising coaches of all levels.


The Gestalt Coaching Skills workshop is approved for up to 12 CCEU’s by the ICF.

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Course Faculty

John Leary-Joyce
John Leary-JoyceExecutive Chair and Faculty
John founded the Academy of Executive Coaching in 1999 with one administrator and over the years recruited and collaborated with many talented directors, trainers and administrators to develop AoEC into the prestigious brand it is today.
With his tireless entrepreneurial spirit AoEC has become one of the most successful international coaching training organisations with professional accreditation from ICF, EMCC, and AC.

Previously, he was MD of Gestalt Centre Ltd growing the business fourfold in eight years and gaining a Company Director diploma with the Institute of Directors.

John is a highly principled leader, drawing on and applying his experience from a long career as a psychotherapist, team coach, trainer and supervisor.

He is past President of EMCC UK where his focus was on maintaining standards for coaching and mentoring, building collaboration between the different professional bodies as well as supporting research into different aspects of coaching practice.

He has an MA in Executive Coaching, accredited coach with APECS and PCC ICF, qualified supervisor and author of Fertile Void, Gestalt Coaching at Work. His other passion is dancing Tango which links with leadership, coaching and Gestalt.

Upcoming Course Details

Our next programme will be available soon. Please register your interest with our Programme Manager - details below.

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Gina West

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