Moving insight and awareness into action through human services training and consultation since 1981



The Gestalt Institute of Cleveland

Ongoing Personal Growth Group

Leaders: Amy Luzar, MSSA, LISW-S and Les Wyman, Ph.D., LISW-S

Meeting Schedule:

  The Tuesday Evening Personal Growth Group meets every other Tuesday (7:00-9:00)


  Fee is $45/00 per hour for 2 hour sessions with usually two sessions a month.

  As one begins membership. payment is expected for five sessions in advance with monthly payments thereafter.

 Members are charged for sessions while they are members, whether or not they attend.

Why have you reached this web page?

Others who have inquired about this group have been seeking:

Many ask:

Read on for answers to some of these questions:

Personal growth groups are:

  Opportunities to develop supportive relationships and to learn about one's personal and interpersonal processes (That means how you interact with others and  how they react to you).

Facilitated by mental health professionals who attend to the process dynamics of the individuals, sub-groups and the total group.

Personal growth groups are not:


  Benefits from membership increase over time especially beyond the "getting to know you (and others)" period. For these reasons we expect that newly joining  group members commit to attend 10 sessions. After being a member for ten sessions, they may continue their membership or drop out.

Entry process:

  Interview (in-person or phone) to clarify person's interests/issues, goals for participation and to determine the "goodness of fit" for this group.

  We present the prospective member's name to the group to be clear that no one has a conflicting relationship with them, e.g., we've had prospective members    who had been a supervisee and colleague of members. If so, the present member makes the call if the relationship is problematic.

 Present members influence the timing of new member’s entry, e.g., if the group is in the middle of some issues and need to finish this with the present membership intact, then we delay taking in new members.

 The number of members will not exceed 12.

 Leaders determine with the applicant the "goodness of fit" of the applicant to the group.


  In the event of needing to miss a session, members appreciate information, in advanced if possible, if not in advance, then before the meeting by calling GIC until  5:00 at 216 421 0468 or leave a message with Les’s voicemail at 216 577 6617.

Ending membership in the group:

  When group members decide to leave the group, they announce their decision in person to group members and attend at least one session after they have made  this announcement to give everyone opportunities to say goodbye. This commitment provides everyone with the expectation that no one will just "disappear" without chances to finish business with one another.


In order to create and maintain the safest possible environment for members to explore and express their experiences we expect each member to agree to the following

A way of Being:

 "[W]hen a person realizes he has been deeply heard, his eyes moisten. I think in some real sense he is weeping for joy. It is as though he were saying, "Thank God, somebody heard me. Someone knows what it's like to be me." In such moments I have had the fantasy of a prisoner in a dungeon, tapping out day after day a Morse code message, "Does anybody hear me? Is anybody there?" And finally one day he hears some faint tappings which spell out "Yes." By that one simple response he is released from his loneliness; he has become a human being again."

A Way of Being, Carl Rogers, 1980, p.10

Mariner Books, New York.

Originally written 1958

For further information call Les Wyman, 216 577 6617 or inquire by e mail to