Fritz Perls said that behind trouble in sleeping there is a problem that wants to be resolved. That statement is far from what the state of sleep research is showing us today. Sleep medicine offers mostly devices and medication for better sleep. Yet, there is so much one can do before submitting to sleeping pills. In fact, it seems the story goes much further. Therefore, we have developed a more integrative approach and called it Sleep Coaching. This approach is developed based on Gestalt Therapy theory, integrating it with CBT, including sleep training, sleep education, and relaxation techniques including hypnosis, and dream work.
Gestalt therapy offers so much for working with sleep issues. To mention some:
• Understanding the sleep problem in the context of the non-sleeper’s personal history & social environment • Identifying potential self-sabotage attitudes and behavior regarding sleep
• Using creative arts as an aid to understanding the sleep problem as an expression of the problematic sleeper • Contemplation and meditation for the moments of sleeplessness
• Making sleep choices - from helplessness to creative adjustment
• Looking forward to your dreams & dream work for sleep.
Dr. Brigitte Holzinger, Ph.D, a psychologist born in Vienna, is an international member of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy (NYIGT). She has 25 years of experience in psychotherapy, as a supervisor and clinical psychologist, using an integrative Gestalt Therapy approach. She is a researcher, lecturer, and teacher at Webster Vienna Private University, writer and documentary filmmaker, and creator of the DreamSenseMemory app. Her main interest is in lucidity, dream and sleep disorders. She is a founding member of the Austrian Sleep Research Association (ASRA) and has organized international and interdisciplinary conferences, such as the much noted DREAMING & CONSCIOUSNESS Symposium of 1998. She was accredited as a Somnologist by the European Sleep Research Society (ESRS). You can visit her at www.traum.ac.at or www.schlafcoaching.org.
Suggested Readings for this Workshop: Holzinger, Brigitte (2018) edited by Bud Feder: To Dream - Perchance to Sleep.
Naiman, Rubin (2017) Dreamless: the Silent Epidemic of REM Sleep Loss.
This course is approved for 12 Continuing Education Hours, and will be held at 36 West 25th Street, 10th Floor
Workshop Fee: $280. Deadline for Payment is May 23, 2019 (check or money order) Payable to Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy, 36 West 25th Street, 10th floor, New York, NY 10010 Reference: Sleep Coaching Workshop. To pay by credit card, call 212-689-7740.