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Working with Resistance: Gestalt Masterclass with Chantelle Wyley

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In today's world of seemingly unrelenting change, a frequent topic of coaching sessions and organisational life is resistance to change. 

This workshop will use approaches from Gestalt psychology, therapy and Gestalt organisational development to work with resistance from the perspective of a leader or intervener (consultant, coach, trusted adviser). 

It will further explore the psychology of resistance, associated behaviours, and provide insights on how to effectively respond to resistance in individuals and teams. Participants will be energised rather than disabled when working with resistance.


GestaltOD has developed a distinctive approach to working with resistance; the following topics will be explored:

  • Resistance is part of change, not separate from it;

  • When a force for change manifests, an equal and opposite force for sameness will manifest; a law of organisational physics;

  • Resistance represents forces for sameness when forces for change appear in a human system;

  • Resistance is indicative of multiple realities at play in a system; and

  • Resistance is like gold! It's a rich source of data about dynamics in an organisation system.

Learning objectives:

  1. Revisiting the Gestalt approach as applied to coaching and organisation development (organism/environment, Cycle of Experience, paradoxical theory of change).

  2. Exploring the features of Gestalt defined resistances (e.g. projection, deflection, introjection etc) as ways of responding to one's environment.

  3. Practical identification of resistances in clients and offering interventions that offer possibilities for awareness and change.

  4. Support with working on own/client examples in ways that value resistance.  

​About the facilitator: Chantelle Wyley

Chantelle Wyley is a South African coach, facilitator and trainer with a background in community capacity building, training and consulting in socio-economic development. Her current focus is leadership development (training, facilitating, coaching) using Gestalt and Emotional Intelligence. She began her journey with Gestalt in 1995 and has trained with the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, Ohio, and the Gestalt International Study Center, Cape Cod. She taught on the GIC/GISC International Organisation and Systems Development (IOSD) Programme from 2006 to 2012; and the International Gestalt Organisation and Leadership Development Programme (iGOLD) since 2014 (see She is on the executive committee of the International Association of Gestalt in Organisations (INTAGIO), is accredited as a Gestalt Practitioner in Organisations (GPO) by the European Association of Gestalt Therapists (EAGT), and has been active in reintroducing Gestalt training in South Africa. She is co-chair of Lohmeier-Wyley-Associates/Baobab Consulting and Training, based in Cape Town, and an associate of the Teleos Leadership Institute (Philadelphia, USA).  

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