Gordon Wheeler, PhD,
is a relational psychologist who writes and trains around the world, using the Gestalt model to integrate intersubjective, systemic, and developmental approaches. He is the author or editor of many books and articles. Since 2002 Gordon has served as president of Esalen Institute in Big Sur, Calif.
The Gestalt model teaches us that we are intensely relational, creative, and meaning-making by our deepest nature. Since birth we’ve been actively creating relational patterns as our best possible solutions to complex social situations and challenges. Depending on our developmental support, these patterns may be in or out of awareness, flexible or inflexible, supportive of ongoing growth and learning, or locking us into unsatisfying repetition of old, out-of-date dynamics.
In Esalen Gestalt Coaching, we combine Gestalt awareness skills with the tools of Relational Coaching, to support taking a fresh look at the basic patterns we have been actively creating since birth. Some patterns are supporting us in connecting deeply with others and reaching our life goals. Others are more limiting, out of awareness, perhaps based on old stresses and fears.