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NYIGT 65th Anniversary Symposium @ The LGBTQ Center
Mar 3 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Creatively alive and radically evolving

A one-day symposium & evening celebration! Honoring NYIGT’s 65th Anniversary 1952-2017

The New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy (NYIGT) is the original gestalt therapy institute, founded by Laura and
Fritz Perls in 1952. Having evolved from its roots in pyschoanalysis, gestalt therapy has been and remains a dynamic
force in pyschotherapy. Gestalt Therapy’s commitment to dialogue, its focus on the here and now, and other core concepts
were harbingers of changes that would eventually manifest in a range of pyschodynamic pyschotherapies. NYIGT remains an
instrumental voice in the development of gestalt therapy and is a meaningful presence in the lives of gestalt practitioners
and clients the world over.

NYIGT is dedicated to gestalt therapy’s ongoing emergence and development. Stimulated by theme-centered panelists, symposium participants will explore the Institute’s journey as a teaching and learning community. Attendees will be invited to address figures they notice forming in the immediate field and to engage in dialogue that actively co-creates gestalt therapy’s growing edge in 2018 and beyond.

This celebration is open to gestalt therapy practitioners and trainees, therapists from other orientations, educators, artists, friends and all who are interested. NYIGT is committed to learning from one another!

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CANCELLED: Special Workshop @ To Be Announced
May 17 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This presentation has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yaqui Andrés Martínez will be offering a special workshop on Sunday, May 17; details to follow.

Hope, Outrage, Community: A Pre-Election Gathering @ Zoom
Oct 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Panelists: Frank Bosco, Perry Gunther, Michael Vincent Miller & Lee Zevy

Please join us for a structured community event ahead of perhaps the most momentous American presidential election ever — one that will have consequences for the U.S. as well as the rest of the world. A panel of speakers will reflect on relevant topics such as Paul Goodman and activism, how the current political climate is impacting therapists and clients, and the historical importance of the arts during times of crisis. There will also be opportunities to express and exchange, both in large and small groups, our hopes, fears, and other feelings about where we are in today’s charged — and unprecedentedly outrageous — environment.

SPECIAL EVENT ~ Aspects of Aging – Presenters: Seán Gaffney with Michael Vincent Miller @ Zoom
Nov 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
SPECIAL EVENT  ~  Aspects of Aging – Presenters: Seán Gaffney with Michael Vincent Miller @ Zoom


Please join us for a poetry reading by Seán Gaffney on the themes of body, mind, and spirit in the context of mortality. The selections will be drawn from his most recent suite of poems, Aspects of Ageing, published in 2020. The occasion will include an exchange with Michael Vincent Miller on the aesthetic basis of Gestalt therapy as well as community responses and discussion.


Seán Gaffney was born in 1942 in Dublin, Ireland. Irish by birth, culture, and conviction. Gestalt psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, and trainer in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Russia, the USA, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, and Spain. Senior Lecturer/Guest Professor, Cross-Cultural Management, in Sweden, Italy, Latvia, and Estonia. Author (see Google). Teenage poet who finally published in his 70s.

Michael Vincent Miller, PhD, is the current president of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy. He was trained by Frederick Perls, Erving and Miriam Polster, and Isadore From. He has been practicing, teaching, and writing about Gestalt therapy since 1973. Before that, he taught literature and poetry writing at Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His poems have been published in the Atlantic Monthly, Metamorphosis, and Occident. He is the author of numerous articles and four books: Intimate Terrorism: The Crisis of Love in an Age of Disillusion (Norton, 1996), which has been published in eight languages; La Poétique de la Gestalt-thérapie (l’Exprimerie, 2002); Teaching a Paranoid to Flirt (Gestalt Journal Press, 2011), a collection of his writings over 30 years on Gestalt therapy; and A Gestalt Therapy Testament (Casaperlarte, Milan, 2014), published in English and Italian. His next book on love and intimacy is almost finished.