West Coast Institute for Gestalt Therapy

with Children & Adolescents LLC

"Knowing What To Do and Why You Are Doing It."

540 Alisal Rd. Ste. 1
Solvang, CA 93463 USA

2021 Trainings and Workshops Live Online and In Person

In support of the ongoing interest and professional development in Gestalt Play Therapy with Children and Adolescents, WCI has adapted its 2021 programs for live, interactive, Online formats. These programs will be the same high quality programs that professionals around the globe see out wanting to develop their theoretical understanding and clinical skills in working with children and adolecents.

We are optimistic about being able to offer many programs ln Person in late Summer and Fall. ln Person experiences include group dinners, fun gatherings and time for other recreational activities and enjoying the beautiful West Coast of California and the Santa Ynez Valley.

See Trainings for more information and note which are Online and which are ln Person.

Develop a specialization in child and adolescent psychotherapy

We offer unique accredited trainings, consultation, and certification for how to be effective with children, adolescents, their families and communities. Emphasis in WCI workshops and trainings is the Gestalt Play Therapy perspective and approach developed by Violet Oaklander, Ph.D. Current neuroscience, neurobiology, and understandings regarding child and adolescent development provide an in-depth contemporary view in all programs.

  • Earn CE credits: CAMFT, APT
  • Small group interactive learning experiences.
  • Theory-based instruction.
  • Use creative modalities to grow your skills.
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The Oaklander Approach: A Unifying Therapeutic Approach

The West Coast Institute for Gestalt Therapy with Children LLC was founded to further the therapeutic approach with children and adolescents as initially developed by Violet Oaklander, Ph.D. The work of many other leading therapists and research in child development is integrated into the teachings at WCI that encompass the depth and breadth of Gestalt Play Therapy. Small group learning experiences are combined with time for recreation and enjoying the beautiful West Coast of California and the Santa Ynez Valley.

The programs of the West Coast Institute are designed to support the use of creative and playful therapeutic interventions that foster the rightful path toward integration of each client regardless of age. Although the focus is on individual psychotherapy of children and adolescents, programs provide learning experiences which develop appropriate parenting, family life of all compositions, and school and community advocacy for healthful growth and development of all its members. All teaching adheres to legal, ethical and professional standards.

What others have said about WCI Online Workshops

Everything was above and beyond my expectations, especially considering it was through Zoom.

Zoom format worked surprisingly well for this experiential workshop!

I wish I had come across this approach and the application to play therapy much sooner!

What others have said about WCI workshops

This was the best training program I have ever attended!

Summer Participant

This training was more than I expected!

Summer Participant


Summer Participant

Variety of Modalities, Engaging Presenters, Humor, and Liveliness.

Summer Participant

Learning Play Therapy Techniques, Why How and What makes them Gestalt. Knowing why we use them.

Summer Participant
APT Approved Provider
CAMFT Approved Provider

Felicia Carroll, M.Ed., MA

Director and Advanced Trainer

Felicia Carroll, Licensed Marriage, Family Therapist (MFC23315) and Registered Play Therapist –Supervisor, is also a California Association of Marriage, Family Therapists Certified Supervisor, a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, and a Certified Gestalt Therapist by the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Los Angeles (1995).

Felicia teaches at Gestalt institutes and Play Therapy training programs globally. Her travels have taken her to Germany, Greece, Morocco, Brazil, Singapore, Czech Republic, Mexico, Hong Kong, South Korea, Slovakia, Poland, and Romania as well as being keynote speaker at Play Therapy Conferences. Please contact Felicia if you would like to invite her to present in your program.


International Gestalt Journal

Felicia Carroll is guest editor for a special issue of the International Gestalt Journal. This issue is a testament to the global reach of Gestalt therapy with children and adolescents.

One of our best issues ever.

Joe Wysong, Publisher

To order your copy of this special issue of the International Gestalt Journal, go to Violet Solomon Oaklander Foundation


Angela F.Y. Siu and Alicia K. L. Pon, Editors

First book on the practice of Play Therapy in various countries throughout Asia. Chapters written by Sock Kuan Lee in Singapore and Rana Hong in S. Korea represent their work through West Coast Institute. Felicia Carroll was honored to be invited to write the Foreword to this landmark book and major contribution to the field of psychotherapy with children and adolescents. Published by The Chinese University Press.