Inheritors of Lake Cowichan: A History of the Birth of Gestalt Therapy Research in Canada. Excerpts from an Interview with Les Greenberg

Author/s Francesco Lotta, Jay Tropianskaia, Sabrina Deutsch Salamon
Publishing Year 2021 Issue 2021/2
Language Italian Pages 12 P. 87-98 File size 277 KB
DOI 10.3280/GEST2021-002007
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There is little documentation about the origin of Gestalt therapy in Canada and the birth of Gestalt therapy research. This article provides insight about the establishment of The Gestalt Institute of Toronto (GIT), which originated out of the Gestalt community in Lake Cowichan. It provides excerpts from a conversation with Dr. Leslie Greenberg, a member of the first graduating class of the GIT who is considered the father of research for Gestalt therapists. These excerpts shed light on the birth of Gestalt research through Dr. Greenberg’s journey from his early experiences with Gestalt therapy training, through his initiative to conduct re-search in Gestalt therapy, to his evolving relationship with Gestalt therapy over the years.

Keywords: Gestalt therapy, Gestalt therapy research, psychotherapy history.

Francesco Lotta, Jay Tropianskaia, Sabrina Deutsch Salamon, Gli eredi del Lago Cowichan: una storia sulla nascita della ricerca in psicoterapia della Gestalt in Canada. Estratti dell’intervista a Les Greenberg in "QUADERNI DI GESTALT" 2/2021, pp 87-98, DOI: 10.3280/GEST2021-002007