We are currently accepting applications for our next Two-year Training Program.

The Iota Cohort is scheduled to begin in September 2023 and complete in April 2025.

The 2023-2025 Program will mark the beginning of the 44th year of Gestalt training in Pittsburgh and it will be the twenty-fifth graduating class of Gestalt professionals.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Gestalt Institute of Pittsburgh is educate, enlighten an excite individuals and trainees about the theory, integration and application of Gestalt therapy. We provide the highest quality programs to individuals seeking training, personal development and support for their professional and personal endeavors. The Institute is guided by belief in the wholeness of human experience, adherence to the highest ethical standards and support of social justice values.


This program gives participants time and opportunity to acquire and practice the skills necessary to integrate Gestalt theory and methodology into their current professional and personal style.

The 200-hour training program is staffed by The Faculty of the Gestalt Institute of Pittsburgh.

The members of the faculty of the Pittsburgh Gestalt Therapy Training Program for Professionals are practicing therapists with over 35 years of experience. They have earned certificates for completing 2-year Gestalt Training programs and have participated in advanced Gestalt training for more than 30 years. There will also be a designated Faculty Intern who is a graduate of both the Two Year Training and the Institutes’ Advanced Training Program.

  • Thomas Petrone, Ed.D. Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Maura Krushinski, Ed.D. Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Kristy Carnahan, LPC, NCC
  • Connie Kramer. LPC, NCC

Program Overview
Training occurs in a group format that is educational, not therapeutic in nature. However, we expect each participant to develop their capacity for self-integration, as well as, their ability to work within and contribute to group learning.

There are 14 training weekends conducted over two academic years:

  • Year I: Introduction of the Gestalt Model including the contact boundary and its interruptions; practical problems of therapy with constructive solutions; awareness continuum, personal and professional growth; and therapeutic theory and implications.
  • Year II: Implementation of the Gestalt Therapy Model includes developing application and personal style into therapy practice, professional performance; confidence expansion; building a firm theoretical base to support and increase the repertoire of therapeutic response; increased personal and professional awareness of group dynamics, couple and family systems.

Program Goal
The overall goal of this training program is to provide participants with the opportunity to learn the theory and practice of Gestalt Therapy. Participants explore new areas of professional development while gaining new tools and an expanded vision to explore the interpersonal relationship with greater effectiveness and depth.

Who Should Apply
Individuals who are seeking to enhance their personal and professional skills. Those who have earned a Masters level degree or equivalent life experience. We welcome mental health and other healing professionals, members of the medical, legal and educational communities, artists, authors, participants in support programs and other professional growth training programs. We strive to build and extend the Gestalt community in Pittsburgh with a value of variety in life experience, as well as gender, age, race, religion, ideologies and socio-economic diversity.

We are pleases to announce that we will continue to offer this Training Program for $5,800. There are a limited number of work study/internship opportunities and a reasonable payment schedule.

How to Apply
The application process begins with attendance at one of our selection/information meetings. The meetings provide an opportunity to meet with members of the faculty, the faculty intern and other applicants. Program information is provided and applicants have an opportunity to both ask questions and to share their motivation and interest in the Training Program.



Statement on Multicultural Considerations and Equitability
The field-theoretical and the phenomenological tenets as well as the principles of holism take, per definition, cultural differences into consideration. Implicit in its field-theoretical understanding is the fact that human beings are not islands but impacted by social influences as well as impactful on others. With respect to the existential field, each person shares a world with others in a variety of ways contributing to meaning and value. (Kirchner, 2000). As such the Administrative staff and faculty of the Gestalt Institute of Pittsburgh are dedicated to conveying respect to all program participants without bias toward gender, physical disability, culture, ethnic origin, spiritual/religious orientation, sexual orientation or other personal differences. It is the expectation of the Gestalt Institute of Pittsburgh that all program participants will exercise the same principles.

Statement on Evaluation Process
The Institute faculty will consider the following key elements when determining each trainee’s eligibility for and/or graduation from the program:

  • Attendance and course participation
  • Satisfactory completion of assignments
  • Ongoing faculty assessment of work and presentations
  • Peer input and evaluation
  • Student self-evaluation

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Schedule – September 2023 – April 2025  (IOTA Cohort) Exact dates to be determined

All Two day weekends – schedule: Saturday 9 to 5 and Sunday 9 to 4

Training Objectives

  • Describe in detail the three main components of the Gestalt psychotherapeutic approach, namely phenomenological-existential theory, field theory, and organismic metabolism.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in and conduct essential Gestalt interventions including orienting/awareness techniques, integration techniques (empty chair, polarity identification), and projective techniques (dream analysis, fantasy/metaphor visualization exercises) within the context of culturally responsive and trauma informed application.
  • Demonstrate and practice at least two essential Gestalt experiential group interventions, including experiments that practice gestalt system group techniques.

Continuing Education Credit:

The Two Year training Program offers the opportunity to earn 200 Continuing Education credits through APA and NBCC. There is no provision for making up missed hours, and CE credit will not be awarded for partial attendance. Credit is awarded for each weekend completed in its entirety.

The Gestalt Institute of Pittsburgh is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GIP maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The Gestalt Institute of Pittsburgh has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5069. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GIP is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

Neither faculty members nor The Gestalt Institute is funded by any entity who would benefit from the presentation of this program.

Please direct application inquiries to Dr. Thomas Petrone: or call 412-310-7180