What is known today as gestalt was originally called “gestalt therapy”, an approach developed by Fritz Perls (with others) in the United States. The reference book dates back to 1951.
Gestalt focuses on relating to oneself and the world “here and now”, in an authentic manner. It also emphasises everyone's responsiblity in expressing what they feel and in behaviour.
In 1964, Fritz Perls introduces gestalt in Esalen, the humanistic psychology centre dedicated to humanistic psychology that was founded two years before by Michael Murphy and Dick Price. Price starts experiencing and learning gestalt with him in 1966… until, by the end of 1969, Perls declares: ‘Dick, it's time for you to go out and teach and do your own groups.’
Price launches gestalt groups in Esalen. He does not consider it to be “therapy” (a word that Perls himself did not use any longer) and calls it ‘practice’. He will declare later: “ Fritz made a strong point of saying: 'I do not want to train a lot of little Fritzes.' I'm Dick and I'm not Fritz.”
Dick Price learned with Fritz Perls, Paul Rebillot with Price, and Tony Khabaz with Rebillot.
Article — Gestalt according to Dick Price
One of gestalt pioneers, Dick Price, describes his practice. When complexity rhymes with simplicity…
Dick Price, April 1985
Gestalt from Perls to Khabaz, via Price et Rebillot
Fritz Perls taught gestalt to Dick Price; Price, to Paul Rebillot; Rebillot to Tony Khabaz.