“We Wear the Mask”: Gestalt-Informed Musings on a Device for Revealing, Concealing, and Healing

October 30, 2022 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
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"We Wear the Mask": Gestalt-Informed Musings on a Device for Revealing, Concealing, and Healing @ Zoom

Presenter: Yaël Lewin


Shapeshifter and protector, messenger and interrupter, the mask is an object/symbol/concept that we have been negotiating a relationship with for the past few years. While it has been perhaps most foreground for us during the pandemic, the mask has a rich history that spans many centuries and cultures and includes theatrical, social, political, spiritual, and medical uses. Adding a Gestalt therapy perspective helps to raise awareness of the intrapsychic and relational issues that emerge when a mask is worn – whether literally or figuratively.

In exploring this material together, we will have the opportunity to reflect upon its connection to us and our clients. Please bring a mask for some experiential work. (Halloween costumes are optional!)

The title references a poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar.


Yaël Lewin, MA, LP, BCPP, is a Gestalt therapist and dance historian. Her background includes over 30 years of somatic studies, plus a graduate degree in English and comparative literature that helps with obscure research if not income. She is the author of Night’s Dancer: The Life of Janet Collins (Wesleyan University Press). She hopes to go to Venice for Carnevale someday.