Evoking the actual; Gestalt therapy & Existentialism (English) By Jan Philip Wieringa & Ralph Evers
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Evoking the actual
Gestalt therapy has always been deeply rooted in existential philosophy. While
existentialism often evokes associations with deep mental activity on heavy subjects as
loneliness, being-towards-death, and dread, the actual work with these existential topics
are rather ‘zuhanden’ (available) and lively.
In this workshop, Jan Philip and Ralph will work with the actual that comes up in the group
and learn how to apply what is and what emerges in your everyday work and life. The
workshop is grounded in some theoretical intermezzos taken from a rich history of
experience of both trainers.
Jan Philip Wieringa (1951) ‘playing with nothing’
Psychologist and Gestalt therapist. Holds practice in Groningen where he for many years
worked in close relation with the university there, enthusing recently graduated
psychologists into the existential and gestalt perspective on psychology and how to
become a therapist. That is not by applying all your techniques, but by becoming a human
being with another human being. Playing with nothing, meeting the other as a subject
among subjects and playfulness describe in short Jan Philips way of ‘doing therapy’.
Ralph Evers (1980)
Psychologist and Gestalt therapist. Holds practice in Utrecht and works at BuurtzorgT
(specialized mental healthcare). Works as a senior trainer at the NSG. Besides psychology
also studied Daoism and philosophy at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. His approach to
therapy allows being your flawed self as a person and therapist. Using humor, accepting
what is, and integrating this in a holistic, both body and mind, a perspective which is situated
in the here-and-now context of the person–environment relation.