Holbeck College

Gestalt Therapy

Learn how people increase their awareness of themselves and the world around them to solve emotional problems.

Study time
6 hours

Level 2

Start date
19 June 2024


Gestalt Therapy is a humanistic and experiential psychotherapy approach that emphasizes self-awareness, personal responsibility, and the holistic understanding of an individual's thoughts, feelings, and behaviours within their present moment and interpersonal context. In this introductory course, you will learn about the core concepts, theories and skills used in Gestalt Therapy.

Gestalt Therapy is founded on several core principles that guide its therapeutic approach. First, it emphasizes the importance of the here and now, encouraging individuals to become fully aware of their thoughts, emotions, and sensations in the present moment. Second, it fosters personal responsibility, empowering clients to take ownership of their actions and choices. Additionally, Gestalt Therapy underscores the significance of the therapist-client relationship, viewing it as a collaborative partnership.

It advocates for exploring unresolved past issues and unfinished business, seeking closure and self-awareness. Lastly, the approach promotes the concept of holism, perceiving individuals as complex, interconnected wholes rather than a sum of isolated parts, and it encourages self-acceptance and authenticity as essential for personal growth and well-being.

This course is an invaluable gateway to comprehending the core principles of Gestalt and its practical application. It is a foundational resource for psychotherapists and mental health professionals interested in exploring Gestalt, as well as individuals aspiring to apply Gestalt principles to enhance their own wellbeing.

Throughout the course, you will delve into the theoretical foundations, practical techniques, and the underlying principles of Gestalt Therapy, which include:

The course is thoughtfully designed, featuring video lectures, downloadable resources, quizzes, practical exercises, and a comprehensive course handbook.

No prior knowledge of Gestalt Therapy is required for this course. All concepts will be explained from the ground up.

About Level 2

Level 2 is an introductory level qualification suitable for all. They typically do not require prior experience and will take 6-12 weeks to complete based on studying one module per week. See the course description for information specific to this course.


"Am so thrilled with the content, explanations, resources and easy-to-digest lectures. Thanks Chris! Loving every minute of Gestalt Therapy." Lisa Taylor
"Love it's broken up into smaller sections, as i can finish watching a part and then take notes or stop and think. Great value, loved it." Jeff Bentley
"The courses are easy to follow and full of examples and scenarios which is very valuable. The technical terms are also defined and reformulated systematically which facilitates their understanding, all the more so when they are associated with practical cases." Laurène Kosno

Meet your instructor

Chris Worfolk

Chris is a psychologist and teacher. He holds an MSc in Psychology (Conversion) from Leeds Beckett University and is a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society.

Chris is the author of multiple books including Do More, Worry Less. He ie the founder the of mental health charity Anxiety Leeds and is co-owner of the Leeds Anxiety Clinic.

What you will achieve

Completing the course will earn you a Level 2 Award in Gestalt Therapy awarded by Holbeck College and accredited by the International Association of Therapists. You will receive a digital certificate.

Employers and other educational institutions will be able to validate your qualification using our online validation tool.

Here is an example certificate from our Level 1 Counselling Concepts course.

Example certificate


This course is available via our on-demand platform. You can learn at your own pace but you will have access to your tutor if you have any questions or need additional support. Have some questions before joining the course? Reach out via the contact us page.

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