About Me

My name is Leonard M. Shaw, ACSW, and I received my masters degree in psychiatric social work in 1963. After working at Family Counseling service for two and a half years, I entered private practice in 1966. Originally trained as a non-directive Freudian, I was heavily influenced by Carl Rogers' work in 1964 and Frits Perls in 1967. After 11 years of studying, practicing, and teaching Gestalt therapy, I started practicing what I now refer to as "Love-and-Forgiveness-Ego-Death-and-Surrender" therapy. However, I struggled for a year before surrendering to it. Ever since then I have continued surrendering at deeper and deeper levels, much to the enrichment of my life and happiness. (The ego or "little mind" hates surrender.)

My practice is based out of Seattle, Washington, and for 30 years I have taught at training centers in Canada, Europe and the Canary Islands. I currently work in Europe as well. If you would like to set up an appointment with me, or wish to learn more about my methods, you can contact me at leonard.shaw@comcast.net. I can perform sessions either face-to-face or via Skype.


University of Washington
  • B.A. Degree, 1959
  • M.S.W. Degree, 1963


  • "Love and Forgiveness: A Workbook for Self Healing and Healing Relationships" (1989)
  • "CINDY", in Voices: The art and science of psychotherapy (Vol. 7, No. 4, 1972)
  • "A Guy Called Society", in Family Affairs (Fall 1963)
  • "A Study of Counselor, Supervisor, Adminstrator Attitudes", in Case Recordings, IRS, Washington D.C. (May 1963, MacDonald and Shaw)
  • "Who Actually Reads Case Records", in Case Recordings, IRS, Washington D.C. (May 1963, MacDonald and Shaw)

Professional Associations

  • National Association of Social Workers (A.C.S.W.)
  • Board Member, Family House, 1968-1978
  • Advisory Board, Advanced Human Studies Institute, Coral Gables, Florida, 1981-1982

Professional Timeline

1965 - Present Private Practice: Individual, Group, Family Psychotherapy. Business Consultant. seminar Leader 1987 - Present Sponsor-Volunteer Leader, three-day Love and Forgiveness Seminars at Monroe State Prison 1979 - 2001 Consultant, Warren Robinson and Associates, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 1982 - 2000 Consultant, Nordsjaellands Gestalt Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark 1981 - 2000 Consultant, Gestalt Institute of Frankfurt, Germany 1976 - 1979 Instructor, Experimental College, University of Washington Self-Healing in Coping with Cancer and Other Illnesses 1969 - 1970 Visiting Lecturer, Department of Architecture, Univeristy of Washington Experiental classes on sensory awareness and contact with one's creativity 1969 Co-Leader of Psychodrama group at University of Washington Hospital 1968 - 1969 Consultant, Staff Development Group, Psychiatric Ward, King County Hospital 1967 - 1969 Consultant, Staff Development Groups, Western State Hospital 1967 - 1969 Consultant, Federal Offenders Rehabilitation, Research Project 1967 - 1969 Instructor, Free University of Seattle An Experimental Introduction to Group and Individual Dynamics 1964 - 1967 Group co-therapy in private practice with Frank Hammer, Ph.D. 1966 - 1967 Assistant Director of Research, Rehabilitation Research Institute—In charge of Family Therapy Project 1966 Neighborhood House, Seattle, WA. - Training sessions for Community Aides 1964 - 1966 Instructor, Shoreline Community College, Seattle, WA Sociology, Child Development, and Deviant Behavior 1963 - 1966 Caseworker, Family Counseling Service, Seattle, WA 1962 - 1963 Project Assistant, Vocational Rehabilitation, Seattle, WA 1961 - 1962 Night Supervisor, Seattle Children’s Home 1958 Psychiatric Aide, Pinel Foundation Hospital, Seattle, WA 1957 - 1961 Admissions Officer, Group Supervisor, Caseworker, King County Juvenile Court, Seattle, WA


  • John Enright, Ph.D.
    621 Larkspur Plaza Drive Larkspur, CA 94939
  • Thomas Bungardt, Ph.D.
    Gestalt-Insitut Frankfurt, Gestalt-Institut Marburg Herderstrasse 36 6000 Frankfurt A.M.I
  • Joe Goodman, Ph.D.
    52 Gilgorm Road Toronto, Canada M4N 3NI
  • Niels Hoffmeyer, Ph.D.
    Nordsjaellands Gestalt Institute GL Mollevej 1 DK 3000 Frederiksvarle Denmark