Outstanding Counseling, Workshops and Training Since 1975
The Gestalt Institute of New Orleans was founded in 1975 by Anne Teachworth, Certified Gestalt and Psychogenetic Coach and Fellow of the American Psychotherapy Association.
For the last 30 years we have offered Gestalt, The Psychogenetics System™ on relationships and NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) educational training, communications and personal improvement workshops to the general public and to professionals in the health fields; as well as provided private counseling to individuals, couples and groups. Private sessions are available with our Director, Dr. Tina Thomas or with our Assistant Director, Jeff Teachworth. Our entire Relationship Center Staff are masters of various specialties and available by appointment. Our New Orleans based Gestalt Institute has long been nationally recognized as a leader in our field.
For those needing CEU's, we will be presenting a variety of professional workshops and training programs in Gestalt, The Psychogenetic System™ and NLP for practicing counselors, students and the general public - all who wish to improve their personal and professional skills.
Our friendly office is called "The Relationship Center".
We are located near the parish line at 433 Metairie Road, Ground Floor, Suite 113.
A Message from Our Director, Dr. Tina Thomas
What is Gestalt?
Gestalt is a non-analytical, non-judgmental, existential psychotherapy. It deals with what IS happening, instead of what SHOULD be, COULD be, WILL be or WAS. We encourage you to become aware of HOW you prevent yourself from discovering positive new alternatives. HOW, not WHY, is the goal of Gestalt. Gestalt gives awareness rather than advice, and choices in life rather than chances. Increasing self-awareness of old patterns which didn’t work well leads to new behaviors which do. NeuroLinguistic Programming is a newer tool we include in our Gestalt work. To quote a favorite NLP saying, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.”
How does this help me?
Instead of dividing people into mind and body, past and present, right and wrong, Gestalt seeks human wholeness by increasing self-support and by synchronizing mind, body, feelings and behavior. It improves your communication with others in your life "now" by resolving your internal conflicts and unfinished business from your past. Gestalt focuses on becoming more healthy-alive instead of concentrating on a sickness-cure approach. It is about self awareness, making better contact and living more fully in the here and now. We believe in facilitating our clients in their goals for growth, and utilizing the teachings of Laura and Fritz Perls, the founders of Gestalt Therapy.
One of the primary beliefs in our work with our clients is exemplified by this poem by Frank Rubenfeld:
“The light’s within you, the dungeon, too.
I know what to do and what not to do.
I won’t open that rusty door,
I’ll show you how you locked it...
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