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Workshop: Experimentation – A Focus on Experiential Practice

16 September 2023 17 September 2023

“Across 17 years, my work, has been grounded in an experiential practice.  This has been one of the most sought after learnings by supervisees and students, knowing the benefit of an experiential practice and wanting to build more confidence in working with experiments.” Sean Tonnet

This two-day workshop will deepen participant’s understanding of the principles of working experimentally.  A focus will be on the use of imagery in working with metaphors, art, movement, mindfulness and symbols – amongst others.

A foundational structure within Gestalt theory and other experiential therapies, the therapeutic experiment facilitates a growthful, corrective emotional experience for the client (whether in individual, couples or group processes) and broadens the therapeutic capacity of the practitioner.

A co-created experiment between therapist and client is a cooperative dance that supports the client to access, evoke, and re-organise emotions, or discover something that had been hidden from their awareness. These experiences provide relief, and energise self-support.  They underpin transformation and inform new behaviors.  Working with experiments will inevitably promote clients to experience themselves as fully as possible. 

To deepen and support learning, the workshop will include live demonstrations of therapy by the facilitator!

This workshop will include:

  • Understanding the purpose and importance of experiment in therapeutic practice
  • An overview of common experiments and an exploration of the more daring
  • Consideration to experiential practices including art, metaphor, movement, and more
  • How to contract, gauge and assimilate an experiment appropriately
  • Expanding on techniques and interventions within the experiment
  • Integrating the experiment into therapeutic process
  • How to support experiments that become stuck
  • The use of experiments with individuals, couples and groups

Other Attendees Feedback:

“Sean’s depth of knowledge, authenticity, skill and energy left me feeling deeply inspired in my work with couples. An outstanding workshop”  – G.F.

“ Sean’s experience, passion and knowledge gave me many practical and usable tools to take away. I so appreciated his comfortable and authentic presence” – L.O.

“This workshop has given me many extra skills for my therapy work. Sean’s gentle and attuned facilitation was outstanding and i left very inspired ” – A.H.

“Sean is passionate, and has great depth of knowledge. This compilation of material is both inspiring and foundational ” – M.T.


The workshop is suitable for any therapists interested in developing their clinical expertise and working experimentally with clients.  It will consider a Gestalt methodology to working with experiments.  The workshop will be of great support to experienced and beginning therapists alike, and includes reference and examples to individual, couples and group therapy.

About your Presenter:

Sean Tonnet (MGest) has been working with people for over 30 years and as a full time clinical psychotherapist, clinical supervisor and international facilitator for the past 17 years. His reputed and respected practice reflects his comprehensive training and clinical excellence in therapy and facilitation. Specialising in relationships, Sean has over 16,000 case hours working with couples and exceptional experience in workshop development and delivery. He melds creative, relational Gestalt methods and contemporary psychotherapy, neurobiology and mindfulness practices within a safe and learning environment. His work with the entertainment industry, including international band Parkway Drive, was recently highlighted on the ABC Australia Story “Getting Heavy”. His work has been reviewed in radio, television and in print. Sean is a highly sought after therapist and facilitator across Australia.

$490 for GANZ Members, $700 for everyone else. Get your ticket here.

Elie, Gestalt Centre Training Campus

27 Royal Parade Parkville
Melbourne, 3052 Australia

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