The Gestalt Counseling and Training Institute of Ann Arbor

Holistic Therapy for Mind, Body and Soul


Paul Goodman was, perhaps, one of the greatest philosophical minds of our times. Best-known for his book, Growing Up Absurd, published in 1960, Goodman was often described as "utopian" in his theoretical outlook and philosophy. He was the prototypical starving artist, discouraged and marginalized, rarely making ends meet to support his wife and two children. Midlife found him overwhelmed with uncertainty.  It was at this time that he met Fritz and Laura Perls and became one of the first students at the New York Institute. Perls' ideas blended well with Goodman's and they were soon involved in a rich collaboration to co-author the writing of the 1951 edition of Gestalt Therapy: Excitement and Growth in the Human Personality.
Isadore From was a student at the New York School of Social Research in 1945, studying under Leo Strauss and William Troy, when he was referred to Fritz Perls for psychotherapy. From became a Gestalt Therapist by default when he followed Fritz Perls to California in 1948. (From said that Perls literally pushed him into a room with a client, who happen to be a relative of Fritz's, and told him to "just do it"!") Perls and From shared an office on Hollywood Boulevard, and after one year, Fritz went back to New York and From inherited his clientele. From would return to New York a couple years later to become instrumental in the formation of the Gestalt Institute of New York.
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