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Background: Only a few studies have been conducted focusing on the different aspects of psychotherapy training as being related to personality variables and professional development. Objectives: Therefore, graduates of Gestalt therapy in Austria have been questioned in regards to psychotherapy training, their current work situation, as well as having their Sense of Coherence and Burnout symptoms quantified. Materials and methods: Between October 2015 and April 2016, 62 psychotherapists completed a sociodemographic questionnaire developed in cooperation with the department of Integrative Gestalt therapy in the OEAGG, together with the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) and the Sense of Coherence Scale (SOC-29). Results: Self-experience, training therapy and training supervision were rated as especially important for personal and professional development. Gestalt therapists also showed a higher than average Sense of Coherence (p<.01) that was in turn negatively related to the amount of Burnout symptoms (p<.05). Most participants (n=40) reported to have a strong identity as a Gestalt therapist. However, they also mostly (n=35) reported a low involvement in professional policy. Conclusions: Gestalt therapists report that psychotherapy training prepared them well for their future work. Furthermore, they have the resources necessary to deal with work related stress. Future studies might focus on longitudinal evaluations and on comparing different psychotherapy exercises.

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