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The Gestalt Institute is a centre for comprehensive training
and therapeutic activities which implements
the guidelines of Gestalt psychotherapy.

European accreditations confirm the high level of our work fully corresponds to European standards. We are a group of experienced Gestalt therapists and trainers. We have gained experience in the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Cracow and for many years we have developed our professional skills there. We have established the Gestalt Institute to continue and promote the ideas of Gestalt philosophy and psychotherapy on the one hand, and on the other, to develop and create new undertakings.

The Gestalt Psychoterapists School is and was our priority. The Gestalt Psychotherapists School was initiated many years ago by already deceased Jacek Pierzchała – a wonderful therapist and a unique man.

All of our trainers were once students of this School, therefore we have made so much effort to sustain the values ​​we have already developed and to comply with currently changing needs of people who are asking us for help and support. We are committed to continuously improving our trainers’ competencies and we are constantly adjusting the training program to the evolving EAGT standards, to ensure that our graduates are appropriately prepared to work with another human being – in his/her suffering and life stuck.

Long-term cooperation with foreign trainers broadens our perspective of contemporary social changes and enriches the professional skills of our trainers and therapists. Simultaneously being the only school in Poland with such a numerous foreign staff, we offer our students the opportunity of tasting Gestalt in different cultural scenes.

We are committed to the multidimensional development and taking advantage of the Gestalt therapeutic potential not only in the therapeutic area, but also in working with organizations, in body work, in group work or in developing supervisory skills. We aspire to bring the Gestalt to people interested in personal development and in improvement of interpersonal skills, to present the ideas and appear in our city and country for the various social initiatives.

The Gestalt Institute team School of Gestalt Psychoterapists The training program

The Gestalt Institute team

We are a group of experienced Gestalt therapists and trainers. We have gained
experience in the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Cracow and for
many years we have developed our professional skills there.

External trainers

School of Gestalt Psychoterapists

The School of Gestalt Psychotherapists program at the Gestalt Institute
complies with the requirements of the European Association for Gestalt Therapy
at which we are accredited.

The competence of our staff is confirmed not only by many years of experience, but also by certificates of EAGT supervisors, EAGT, ECP and ITG psychotherapists. We are also the only psychotherapy school in Poland, where foreign coaches are not only occasional guests but are a regular part of the curriculum.

The Gestalt School of Psychotherapists program consists of two phases: the annual Gestalt Internship Program and a 3-year training program preparing for the proffesion of a psychotherapist. Such a training structure provides participants with the flexibility to choose between completing an internship for personal gain and continuing education in order to develop a psychotherapeutic career.

Our training practice is based on dialogue and exchange. We learn from each other here and together we set the direction of the Institute’s development.


The training is designed for people interested in pursuing the profession of a psychotherapist in the Gestalt modality and gaining entitlements in this direction. This is an offer for people with a higher psychological education as well as for those who hold a master’s degree in another field. Graduates of faculties other than psychology will be required to take additional classes and supplement basic psychological knowledge (details in PDF attachment).


The School is completed with a Certificate of a Psychotherapist.

The four year training program provides participants with a comprehensive preparation for practicing in a proffesion of a psychotherapist based on Gestalt theory and methodology. In addition to workshops and lectures, students complete a clinical practice, a supervision and experience their own psychotherapy. The Certificate of a Psychotherapist is issued by the Gestalt Institute after completion of th

Preparing to apply for an European Certificate of Psychotherapy

The School of Gestalt Psychotherapists Program was the first in Poland to be verified and accredited by EAP (European Association for Psychotherapy) and EAGT (European Association for Gestalt Therapy). This means that we train psychotherapists in accordance with European standards and our graduates can apply for an European Certificate of Psychotherapy. ECP allows practicing psychotherapy in parts of the EU countries and is constantly increasing its reach.

Two-step training structure

The School of Gestalt Psychotherapists program consists of two stages. The first stage is the one-year Gestalt Internship – a program of psychological education and personal development which is introducing to the Gestalt theory and practice. The second stage is a three-year training program, which is preparing for the profession of psychotherapist. Such a training structure provides participants with the flexibility to choose between completing an internship for personal gain and continuing education in order to develop a psychotherapeutic career.

The training program for Gestalt Psychoterapists

The training program consists of two parts and altogether
it comprises 1445/1467 clock hours.




The One-year Program of Personal Development – Gestalt Internship

Psychological interpersonal group training

The goal of this session is to prepare the participants for effective learning during the one year training, taking advantage of personal experiences
and assimilation of theory on the basis of a group process.

Introduction into Gestalt therapy theory – background, basic principles and concepts of Gestalt therapy

  • philosophical background
  • psychological background
  • Gestalt and other psychotherapy schools
  • awareness
  • contact
  • therapeutic relationship
  • figure/background forming process
  • paradoxical theory of change

Gestalt therapy and bodywork 

The phenomenon of a meeting 

The participants of the workshop have the opportunity to broaden their phenomenological awareness based on the contact with another person – ‘I become myself in relationship with Thou”; the phenomenon of personal behavior, which changes depending on who we are in contact with, or it is based on creative adjustment, regardless of the recipient or the author. The framework for dialogue is Gestalt phenomenology. (Meeting the specific people in this specific group)

Personal development training

Psychotherapeutic work in the area of students’ own emotional problems

Becoming aware of the family influence. Multigenerational resources and deficiencies

The participants of this Gestalt workshop conducted within the framework of existential-humanistic philosophy will have the opportunity to realize the family potential showing in the lore, messages and the meanings given to people and life phenomena. meanings to people and phenomena of life. The potential of the group will create support to become aware of the impact of a family system on personality.

Overview of the theory and experience gained so far 
based on the three principles of Gestalt therapy (G.M.Yontef).

  • Phenomenological aspect – awareness as the only goal
  • Dialogical existentialism
  • Conceptualization strategy – holism and the field theory
The Internship trainers are:
  1. Renata Procak, M.A
  2. Izabela Osińska, M.A
  3. Lucyna Klimas, M.A


Three-year Gestalt School

Year I

  1. Interpersonal training
  2. Phenomenology – background and
    Gestalt therapy philosophy
  3. Gestalt therapist in a therapeutic

    • Contact and contract
    • Therapeutic process
    • Therapeutic relationship
    • Cycle of experience
    • Ethical issues
  4. Diagnosis 
    • Clinical interview
    • Phenomenological diagnosis
  5. Gestalt theory and methodology
    • Introduction
    • Contact avoidance mechanisms
    • Working with resistance
  6. Clinical issues
    • Psychopathology
    • Bodywork within the framework of character structures
  7. Working with chosen clinical issues.
    Working with an adolescent,
    family and couple
  8. Supervision
  9. Exam
  10. Personal development training  or 1/2 workshop

Year II

  1. Other therapeutic modalities
    • Transactional Analysis
  2. Group therapy process
    • Introduction
    • Practice
    • Summing up
  3. Gestalt theory and methodology
    • Field theory
  4. Clinical issues
    • Object relations theory
  5. Methods and techniques
    of Gestalt therapy
  6. Body process in Gestalt psychotherapy 
  7. Supervision
  8. Law in psychotherapy 
  9. Exam

Year III

  1. Working with chosen clinical problems
    • Working with mentally ill
    • Sexuality in psychotherapeutic work
    • Working with addiction
  2. Other therapeutic modalities
    • Systemic therapy
    • Cognitive-behavioral
    • Psychoanalytical
  3. . Clinical issues ICD 10
  4. Supervision
  5. Work summary 
  6. Personal development training or 1/2 workshop

The school trainer are:

  • Renata Procak, M.A.
  • Izabela Osińska, M.A.
  • Lucyna Klimas, M.A.
  • Andrzej Cała, M.A.
  • Bartłomiej Żukowski, M.A.
  • dr hab. Wiktor Żłobicki, prof. nadz. UWr
  • Adam Kincel, M.A
  • Michał Mielimąka, PhD
  • Tomasz Pieczonka, M.A. lawyer
  • Katarzyna Synówka, PhD
  • Izabela Butniewicz – Folusiak, M.A.
  • Krzysztof Pawłuszko, M.A.
  • Marzena Kucińska, M.A.
  • Magdalena Sękowska, M.A.
  • Svein Johansen
  • Frans Meulmeester

Additional requirements

Individual psychotherapy – 100h
Clinical practice – 240h

Clinical internship – 160h

Free choice of 50 hours

TOTAL: 550h


After each year of the second stage of training, every stage is credited by:

  1. Giving credit for practical classes in the form of therapeutic session, conducted with the group present and another trainer
    – the session is filmed, the examiner credits it.
  2. An analysis of academic aspects by a senior trainer, as well as the student’s progress and recommendations for him/her for the next
    stage of training (having considered other trainers’ opinions)
  3. A questionnaire – student’s self-assessment as well as the small group colleagues and its supervisor.


The criteria of Recruitment Committee for the School of Gestalt Psychotherapists

  1. A proper motivation for being a therapist and taking up the training. Motivation resulting from the perspective of obtaining
    new professional qualifications; being interested in work for another person’s benefit.
  2. A positive opinion of the Internship Head Teacher based on the candidate’s active participation in the internship workshops, satisfying interpersonal relationships, progress in group dynamics, candidate’s own work during the therapeutic training, also awareness of the participant’s own resources and limitations.
  3. Financial standing – holding a job and financial independence so that the candidate can pay the training fees.
  4. Information about a direct helping contact with another person is advantageous,
  5. An adequate behaviour during the interview – both the knowledge of Gestalt theory and emotional activity of the candidate.
  6. Holding a Master’s title, especially in Psychology, Pedagogy or Medicine.
  7. Before the interview, the candidate submits a questionnaire , which includes:
    • personal data,
    • the most important trainings: the Internship completed at the Institute of Gestalt Therapy and other psychoeducational or psychotherapeutic trainings,
    • the candidate’s own psychotherapy – individual and group, duration, modality.

The people without a basic psychological background, if accepted for the School, take part in supplementary 40-hour training.



The final certification takes part in two stages:


Exam procedure – the exam after completing the School program

  1. The School Director appoints the Exam Committee, including the Committee Chairman.
    The Committee includes teachers who did not take part in the training process, but are experienced supervisors
    (including some from another accredited training institute)
  2. The Chairman directs the work of the Committee and the exam organization.
  3. Exam proceedings:
    • the student sends to the Committee a description of the therapeutic process of the client, the recorded session of which he will present during the exam,
    • presenting the recorded session with the client with the Committee present (the session can be recorded after obtaining the client’s consent)
      the session must be run according to Gestalt psychotherapy rules
    • after the session the Committee talks to the student about the session and the description of the process (contact, forming the figure and closing it,
      support, confrontation, optionally conducting an experiment are considered)
    • after the Committee discussion, the examined student is invited for a talk, where he/she gets to know the Committee’s opinion about the session
      and he has an opportunity to defend his/her work,
    • after this conversation the Committee makes the final decision about which the student is informed.
  4. The Committee prepares a report, where the decision is justified (passed/ failed).
  5. If there is no agreement between the two Committee members who have watched the session, the decision is taken by all Committee members
    (the majority decides), if the number of votes is equal, the Chairman’s vote decides.
  6. The student taking the exam has the right to appeal to the School Director during the 14 days since the exam took place.

Certification procedure

  1. The person undergoing training can obtain a psychotherapist certificate after completing the four-year training
  2. The Certifying Committee, which is appointed twice a year by The President of the IG Board, decides who can be given  a certificate. The Committee consists of two or three people with minimum ten years of experience, holding an EAGT Supervisor certificate.
  3. The Coordinator of the last training year, having evaluated the whole training program of the student, credits the year in the class register.
  4. The graduate of the training program fills in a questionnaire connected with getting the certificate of a Gestalt psychotherapist.
  5. The graduate prepares the documents connected with obtaining the certificate and submits them to the Certifying Committee.
  6. The Committee consisting of three people takes a majority vote, if there is an equal number of votes, the Chairman’s vote decides.

If the graduate does not meet the conditions necessary to obtain the certificate, s/he takes part in the after-training process, a one-year group supervision (at least 50 h) or individual (15h). The supervision takes part every 4-6 weeks. The detailed information is mentioned in the regulations of obtaining the psychotherapist’s certificate.


1. Knowledge of and submitting oneself to the EAGT (European Association of Gestalt Therapy) Ethical Code.

2. Passing the clinical psychology exam (apart from the students who have a degree in psychology or medicine with specialization in psychiatry).

3. Passing an ICD – 10 exam.

4. Passing the practical exams and the external final exam.

5. Getting credits in each subject in the student’s grade book/ credits card

6. Having written the diploma paper monitored by the supervisor and getting a positive review
from an external reviewer. The paper should be about 20 – 30 printed pages.

One’s own psychotherapy

7. Individual psychotherapy done during the Training (at least 100 hours) with one therapist. The therapist should meet the conditions  of giving therapy during the training (having a Gestalt therapy certificate for at least 2 years, be professionally active and supervise his/her work). After each year of Training the participant is obliged to do individual therapy (after the first year – minimum 40 h, after the second year – minimum 30h, after the third year – minimum 30h).

8. Taking part in at least two personal development groups (therapeutic trainings), held at an EAGT accredited training institute.  Instead of one training a student can take two personal development workshops (minimum 25 hours each), having consulted the coordinator.

Clinical practice

9. Starting clinical practice is possible after the supervisor of the supervision group gives his/her approval.

10. Completing a clinical internship in a closed facility – 160 h, including at least

  • 5 meetings with one patient – 5 h altogether
  • the choice of patients based on the following criteria:
    • patients with diagnosed depression,
    • 3 patients with diagnosed schizophrenia.
    • 3 patients with diagnosed neurotic disorder
    • patients with diagnosed personality disorder
  • written reports from the meetings in the form of a computer printout are handed to the small group supervisor, they should include the date and duration of the conversation, the anonymity of the patient preserved. The report should focus on the description of the interpersonal contact between the person talking with the patient, and his/her personal experiences and reflections.
  • supervision of the clinical internship takes place during it, not after it is completed!

11. Having clinical experience of at least 240 hours of working sessions. The student reports the number of conducted sessions to the small group supervisor every month.

12. The description of one’s therapeutic work (showing both theoretical background and skill application) with three clients in the long term therapy – over 6 months long.

13. Taking part as an assistant teacher in groups run at the Institute (one training 40 – 50 hours, or two workshops – 25 hours each), and having the work credited by the group trainer.


14. Active participation in the supervision (small group).

15. The supervised session is credited, based on the supervisor’s decision.

16. Meeting the conditions resulting from the small group supervisor’s own program, with special emphasis on following his/her suggestions.

17. Working with one supervisor during the training can take one year only (it also applies to the after-training processes)

General criteria

18. Getting recommendation of the Council of the Gestalt Institute

19. The abovementioned criteria can be changed in connection with changes in the EAP and EAGT training standards.

20. The student submits completed documents at the IG office, and that means:

  • a completed form together with the attachments required (available from IG page)
  • a CD containing descriptions of the credited pieces of work
  • the student’s grade book and credit card with credits marks filled in
  • a proof that the certificate fee (200zł) has been paid.

21. The student should have no overdue tuition fees.

22. Practical classes get credited in the form of a therapeutic session done with the group present; credits are given by the examiner.
The trainee can appeal from the examiner’s decision to the School Director; when the Director is the examiner s/he appoints an independent committee.

23. The final exam is credited by the external Exam Committee (the exam is paid extra)

24. A student can appeal from the decision of the Exam Committee to the IG Director, within 14 days of date when the examination session was completed.

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