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Michael Clemmens

Michael Clemmens

Michael Craig Clemmens, PhD,
is a psychologist and trainer in Pittsburgh, Pa. He is a faculty member of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and teaches at the Metanoia Institute in London, and at Esalen. He is the author of Getting Beyond Sobriety, and numerous articles on Gestalt therapy, body process, and addiction.

Legacy Group - Embodied Relational Gestalt

Oct 22 - Nov 19, 2017 Begins in 2 months
with Michael Clemmens

“We develop relationships with ourselves and others through the physicality of our vision, smell, touch, and movement,” says Michael Clemmens. “These relationships, or dances, shape what we believe is possible and how we behave in the present. In this program, our focus will be on the ways in which we create relationships through our bodies. By attending to our present dance with others, we can become more aware of our existing context and optional ways of interacting.


A Different Perspective: Reframe Your Life Using Play, Embodiment and Humor

Nov 10 - 12, 2017 Begins in 2 months
with Ann Randolph & Michael Clemmens

It is all too easy to stay stuck in a rut, unable to see or do things differently even when we know we want to change. Join storyteller Ann Randolph and somatic psychologist Michael Clemmens for a weekend of new insights and creative, fun practices designed to jump start change in your life. This is a bold, alternative approach that supports deep process and joyful exploration.


Work Study - Gestalt Group Process

Apr 08 - May 06, 2018 Begins in 7 months
with Michael Clemmens

This month-long program is focused on Gestalt as a group process. Gestalt offers the opportunity to experience and explore our own process in relation to others and the context of the present moment. We will create a group that can contain the varieties of each person’s unique way of being and allow us to experience the power of the greater whole, the group. Because of the importance of creating an ongoing collective, it is crucial that all participants regularly attend each session.
No prior with Gestalt or group process is necessary.



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