Gestalt Columbus and The Gestalt Institute of Central Ohio

Serving Columbus for 40+ years. Transformational change through Gestalt psychotherapy services, workshops, community programs, and training.

Serving Columbus for 40+ years. Transformational change through Gestalt psychotherapy services, workshops, community programs, and training.

Gestalt Columbus and The Gestalt Institute of Central Ohio

Remembering and missing Norman Shub today, two years after his passing. Founder of the Gestalt Institute of Central Ohio, Gestalt master psychotherapist, teacher, mentor, and friend.

Norman Shub discusses the difference between a conflict and a glitch in #relationships.

How to raise kids who will grow into secure, trustworthy adults

What role does trusting our children and teens (and earning their trust) play in building their self-image and confidence? If kids don’t feel trusted — or if there isn’t anyone close to them whom they can rely on — they can really suffer. Esther Wojcicki, an educator and mother of three superstar daughters,…


'I'm Still Not Good Enough': When Trauma's Old Ghosts Resurface

Old wounds can be triggered when we least expect it, even when we've worked hard to heal. This can especially be true throughout the holidays. Anyone can be triggered. When the ghosts of past traumas come roaring back, try not to push them away. Embracing your history is part of healing in the present.

Sustaining a long-term relationship can be one of the most fulfilling and challenging experiences of our lives. Whether you and your significant other are dating, partnered or married, you will learn new ways of connecting that will enhance your relationship. Learn more at

8 Ways to Survive Sexual Dry Spells in Your Relationship

Sexual dry spells in long-term relationships are inevitable. Here are a few tips on how to navigate them. It is not uncommon for differing levels of sexual desire to develop in relationships and marriages. Here's how to make sure your connection doesn't also wane.

Turn Negative Emotions into Your Greatest Source of Strength - Mindful

Learn how to use mindfulness to get out of negative mind traps. Elisha Goldstein on using mindfulness to avoid getting stuck in negative moments.

Authentic love can be fulfilling, messy, playful, passionate, frustrating, challenging, intimate, and warm. Gestalt couples counselor, Stacy Ingraham will provide tips and tools to help you enhance your relationship during two upcoming workshops. Learn more at

The Unlived Lives of Parents

"Becoming a parent gives us a chance to grow by attending to old wounds, including many that we may have forgotten. The aim is not to deny our history, but to understand it and develop a new relationship with it, bringing self-compassion to ourselves in those moments when we lose it." A Mindful Exercise for Healing Old Wounds




Sustaining a long-term #relationship can be one of the most fulfilling and challenging experiences of our lives. Whether you and your significant other are dating, partnered, or married you will learn new ways of connecting that will enhance your relationship.





16 'Red Flags' That Might Mean It's Time to Get Help for Your Mental Health

Real 'red flags' from real people.
If you can relate, engaging in therapy with a licensed professional can help. Can you relate?

Making it safe to talk about suicidal ideation - Counseling Today

"According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in the United States. For many age groups, however, it ranks much higher." By sensitively — yet straightforwardly — addressing the topic of suicide, counselors can encourage clients to open up about an issue that too often remains shrouded in shame and stigma.


This National Suicide Prevention Week, have a #RealConvo about mental health! Whether that means active listening, talking through it, or just being with someone, all are equally important.

September 8-14, 2019, is National Suicide Prevention Week. Visit The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention site - - for helpful resources.




How Trauma Affects Our Relationship with Our Bodies

"Our bodies are our ultimate teachers. They give us signals about our truth and our emotions, and they are the vessels through which we express love and engage in action in the world." Unprocessed traumas of all kinds can affect the relationship we have with our bodies, often at a biochemical level. Here's how it happens and why it matters.


Want To Feel Happier Today? Try Talking To A Stranger

Little bits of positive experiences add up to make a big difference in our overall mood and outlook. Happiness, says one researcher, is the sum of many positive moments throughout the day. Something as simple as a friendly chat in the elevator can boost your mood. So put down your phone and try it.

What Your Teen is Really Saying When They're Angry - Mindful

Teen's anger can be confusing and frustrating at times. Here are some ideas about how to respond to their anger and communicate more effectively. Here are four ways to respond to your teen's anger—and a mindfulness practice to encourage smoother communication.



7 Ways to Overcome Perfectionism and Cultivate Self-Compassion

The overwhelming nature of perfectionism contributes to depression and anxiety. While overcoming perfectionism takes time, these tips are a good place to start. Perfectionism often comes hand in hand with isolation, shame, and loss. Here's how to overcome perfectionism with the help of resilience and self-compassion.


4 Ways To Gauge Someone's Emotional Intelligence On A First Date

This is a great article on learning to date smart! If you want more ideas on smart dating, check out our upcoming workshop at Compatibility is overrated. Here's what to look for instead.


Smartphones, tablets causing mental health issues in kids as young as two

The impact of too much screen time on our children should not be ignored. What's the impact and what should the limit be? Smartphones and tablets are causing issues for kids as young as two years old.

How to Respond to Teens’ ‘Emotional Eruptions’

Teens often experience big, complex emotions. As adults, we can support and help them learn to express and make sense of them in healthy ways. Adolescents’ newly complex feelings are something they often struggle to make sense of.


'Everyone brings their own baggage': Couples counseling more effective if done in early signs of trouble

Enhance the strengths in your relationship and prevent breakdowns in connection and intimacy. Seek therapy sooner, rather than later.
#couples How do you know it's time to go to couples counseling with your partner? Does it even work? Experts weigh in on therapy and when couples should go.


"Windows to Our Children" by Violet Oaklander, Ph.D., is included on the reading list for our upcoming play therapy workshop. Beautifully and sensitively written, Dr. Oaklander shares her approach to Gestalt play therapy through providing case examples and ideas for clay work, drawing, sensory experience, and addresses special considerations for working with adolescents, the family, and older adults.

The Family Container

What boundaries and expectations are unique to your family? Libby Steele, Gestalt Columbus Child & Family Therapist, has created this tool to help you create your Family Container.   So often we issue a series of rules and regulations to even our very young children. “Don’t jump on the couch.” “We don’t hit.” “Listen the first ti…


16 Most Common Marriage Problems That Lead to Divorce – Motivation for Mom

Read about these common marriage problems and how to avoid them. Marriage is hard, and there is a large list of common marriage problems that you might face. Learn how to avoid these marriage killers and avoid divorce.

A Deeper Kind of Healing: How Getting Under the Surface Helps us Break Down our Walls

" Gestalt therapy, we recognize that instrumental change can only take place when personal insight is met with an awareness to present experiences." Written by Child & Family Therapist Holly Gilbert, MA, LPC This Spring, I performed the dreaded task of weeding my garden. With my gloves on, I dug into the dirt, determined to pull the entire …

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Conflict and Glitches
Steel Rods
Norman Shub Discusses Dating
Developing A Therapeutic Style
Steel Rods
Conflict and Glitches
Gestalt Postgraduate Training Program - Cheryl
Parenting From Your Heart Workshop
Gestalt Postgraduate Training Program - Dan Clark
Intro to Gestalt
Helping Your Child Navigate Anxiety




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