“In terms of my work, people often ask me how I do it, listening to people’s problems all day long. I tell them that I don’t hear problems. I hear people wanting to change, wanting to be better human beings, wanting to create happier families. I have been privileged to work with people from every continent and from all walks of life. Over and over again I hear people wanting to love and be loved more effectively. I hear people wanting to remove the barriers in their life and provide more for their loved ones on every level. I hear people looking for ways to contribute and improve their contact skills in the world.
This is a privileged position that I have, sharing so many heartwarming moments of laughter and tears with people working toward healing.”
Mariah Fenton Gladis – Founder and Clinical Director
Welcome to the Pennsylvania Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training. The Center, founded in 1973, by Mariah Fenton Gladis, MSS, QCSW, is the first center in the Delaware Valley of Pennsylvania to offer Gestalt psychotherapy and training. With the addition of Dr. Dori Middleman, and Dr. Mark Putnam, the Center has built a reputation for its unusually creative and supportive approach, which emphasizes appreciation and enhancement of each individual client and student. Our mission is the same as it was from the beginning, to offer a safe and supportive environment for growth and change.
Here at the Center, we emphasize the development of keen self-awareness and healthy contact with others, with your environment, and most importantly, with yourself. These interactions on all levels—emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual—are fundamental to your life as a healthy functioning person. Our unique approach offers you the opportunity to rediscover and integrate lost aspects of yourself and clearly express the truth of who you really are. It is a challenging and deeply rewarding journey into wholeness.
The Pennsylvania Gestalt Center is also a comprehensive community resource that provides caring, professional psychotherapy, education and counseling to individuals, couples, families and groups. While addressing a diversity of personal and emotional concerns, our therapists are dedicated and experienced mental health professionals who work with people of every age and every stage of life.
We invite you to look over our site and call or e-mail us here at the office and let us know what you need and how we can help you.
The Mariah Fenton Gladis Foundation
The mission of the Mariah Fenton Gladis Foundation is to help individuals, families and communities through programs that bring a sense of love, compassion and forgiveness to those with a passionate desire to create better lives. Please visit www.mfgfoundation.org for more information.
Long Skinny Legs: And Other Impossible Demands We Place On Our Bodies
Tuesday Evenings: July 29 to Sept. 16
For the past 40-plus years of being in the psychotherapy field, a dynamic I have witnessed over and over is the rejection of, or alienation from, the body. It happens in oh, so subtle to overtly vicious ways, and sabotages your relationships and emotional capacity. It can happen in a blink of an eye, and continue minute after minute, hour after hour, day after day, and year after year. This turning against your body can lead to feelings of inadequacy, shame, despair and self-betrayal. Join us to learn about the importance of your relationship with your body. more
Free Introductory Evening
Sept. 23, Oct. 14*, Nov. 4, Conference Center at Valley Forge (formerly National Christian Conference Center)
At a recent workshop, we recorded some of the ways people said they use to avoid contact in the world. They include: Negative self-talk. Taking care of others. Getting busy. Analyzing. Disconnecting. Fearing risk. Judging. Getting angry. Self-censoring. Using humor. Isolating. Intellectualizing. Becoming peacemaker. Prioritizing others. Withdrawing. Are you in there somewhere? Join us for an enlightening evening with Mariah Fenton Gladis, LCSW, BCD, Dori Middleman, MD, Mark Putnam, MD. *location TBD more
Creating Exact Moments of Healing
September 26-28, West Chester, PA
This workshop is specifically designed for people with a passionate commitment toward creating healthy relationships within healthy lives. It offers the opportunity to benefit from personal healing work on emotional injuries rooted in your past, recurring themes or patterns of dysfunction, or personal longings in the here and now. This weekend will change your life forever! more
Not For The Feint Of Heart: Be Bold In Your Personal Growth
No...the title is not a misspelling. If you are "feint of heart," you avoid confronting the emotional injuries or habits that prevent you from enjoying life to the fullest. You feint this way and that, preserving the status quo instead of moving past obstacles. This workshop is for people who have a passionate commitment to creating healthy relationships within healthy lives. more
An Afternoon of Forgiveness
2014 — Date TBD
Please join this free workshop given by the Mariah Fenton Gladis Foundation. Renowned psychotherapist, Mariah Fenton Gladis, will lead this non-denominational, inspirational and experiential afternoon workshop that focuses on the beneficial mind, body, and spiritual effects of forgiving–a life changing and sacred act that can be an antidote to depression, anxiety and shame. Please register by following this link.
Tales of a Wounded Healer is Now Available as an eBook
Tales of a Wounded Healer by Gestalt psychotherapist Mariah Fenton Gladis is now available as an eBook for Kindle and iPad. more