M.Couns, Grad Dip Gest Th, PACFA Registered, GANZ Clinical Member
Dinah is Director of Terrigal Gestalt Institute and Director of Training. She is an experienced Trainer, Counsellor & Psychotherapist with many years experience in Counselling, Child & Family Health, Gestalt Therapy, and Group Training. She has offered personal development and therapeutic services for over 20 years on the North Coast, Sydney & the Central Coast. She has also been a Gestalt Trainer & Counselling Skills Educator for the past 15 years. She currently has a private practice in Sydney and on the Central Coast.
Dinah’s particular focus includes personal / spiritual growth, depression / anxiety and grief / bereavement. She also has a special interest in infertility, pregnancy loss & neonatal loss.
Dinah has a passion for assisting others to discover their inner strengths, move through difficulties, transform their lives and realise their full potential. Over the years she has also developed and facilitated many different workshops, courses and seminars to do with Personal & Spiritual Growth, Practice Management, Dream-work, Communicating & Counselling Skills, Relationship Enhancement, Conflict Resolution, Stress Management and Integration of Spiritual and Gestalt Concepts.
“It gives me great delight to see others open to the possibilities that this journey has to offer. As the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, so the intangible ‘more’ awaits us …”
Available for Personal Therapy and Clinical Supervision Yattalunga, Central Coast.
Contact: 0439 752 710 / 4363 1876
C0-Director of TGI
Barry has completed studies in Community Services/ Case Management / Theology / Gestalt Therapy. He also has an extensive background in the business and management world. Barry has a particular interest in combining spirituality with Gestalt principles and the powerful transformation that can occur through this medium.
Contact: 4363 1876 / 0439 752 710
Bsc (hons) Computer Science, Adv. Dip G.T.
Declan has spent over 20 years working in the corporate sector. During this time, holding senior managerial positions in several organisations, he has always been interested in understanding how to best motivate the people who work with him, providing a stimulating environment for them and supporting them to pursue their own individual goals/needs within the restraints of organisational life. At that time he undertook leadership training to better facilitate his ability to lead others. Needing to expand on this training, he then underwent four years of Gestalt therapy training and graduated in 2010 from the Sydney Gestalt Institute. He now combines his leadership and managerial experience with his lifelong interest in personal development and growth, to support others through periods of change in their lives.
Declan has a particular interest in living a spiritual life and has been practicing mindfulness meditation from the Theravadan Buddhist tradition for the past 15 years. He believes that having a core spiritual life provides support, strength and nourishment in our daily lives and he brings this passion into his therapeutic relationships with his clients. Having also studied Tai Chi, Chi Kung and Yoga over many years, Declan works with his clients in a truly holistic way. He currently sees clients privately and works as a Gestalt therapist at both the GLOO project, which provides free or affordable therapy to recovering Drug and Alcohol addicts and at Rendu Youth Service, a centre supporting young males in the 18-25 age group recover from addictions.
Declan has also just had his first book entitled “Mindfulness, Neurobiology and Gestalt Therapy” published last week on Amazon. It discusses the application of mindfulness and the underlying neurobiology/neuroscience in therapy (not just Gestalt) and gives some useful daily living practices. http://www.amazon.com/Mindfulness-Neurobiology-Gestalt-Therapy-Declan/dp/1480092606/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1382001987&sr=8-3
Contact: 0405 272 862 (Sydney)
BA (Welfare Studies) UWS GDGT, GANZ , AIWCW
Gestalt Therapy Trainer, Holistic Psychotherapist for Individuals, Couples and Groups, Professional Support, Creative Psychotherapy.
Johanna works privately as a psychotherapist and has been counselling individuals, couples, families and groups for 15 years. Her work builds on skills of field intelligence with an emphasis on creativity.
Johanna’s current passion is the intersection of Gestalt Therapy and Process Work. Johanna has presented seminars and papers on a variety of approaches in psychotherapy – including Process Work, creativity and impasse, mindfulness, eco-psychology, narrative therapy, psychodrama, metaphor, dance and art therapies. Johanna’s academic background includes five years lecturing at Southern Cross University in Counselling and Social Science and four years conducting post-graduate training in Gestalt Therapy.
Johanna’s special areas of interest include: Mindfulness and Gestalt / Process Work / Field Intelligence / Creativity / Shame and Belonging / Couples Therapy / Dreams / Journaling
“My aim is to support trainees to develop their own unique style, utilising their creative intelligence to connect with others with meaning, authenticity and compassion.”
For information on Gestalt groups run by Johanna in Coffs Harbour contact her on details below.
Visit Johanna on the Web at:
PH: (02) 6652 2745 / 0432 068 881
Adv Dip G.T, Associate Member of GANZ, NLP Practitioner, Cert 111 Phone & Crisis Couns, RN.
Karen has worked with individuals and families for over 30yrs; first as a Registered Nurse, later as a Financial Planner and more recently as a Gestalt Counsellor and Psychotherapist. She has had further training as an NLP Practitioner and as a Gestalt Therapist. She has a Cert IV in Workplace Training and Assessment (2000) and is completing studies at UNE for a Grad Dip. in Clinical Teaching. Karen is also involved in Lifeline and has a Cert III in phone and crisis support counselling.
Karen currently has a private practice on the Central Coast and also sees clients at the Narara Community Centre and Greenpoint Community Centre. Karen is the Grief Counsellor at ‘The Glen’- a drug and alcohol recovery centre for men on the Central Coast, and she also works with clients through ACON in Newcastle.
As a TGI Graduate Karen is now overseeing the TGI Student Counselling Clinic and the TGI Graduate Clinic. She is a welcome addition to the faculty at TGI and brings with her a wealth of experience and expertise.
Karen has been on her own self development journey for the over 20 years and remains committed to her own personal growth as she assists others on their own journey to wholeness and health.
PH: 0417 999 549 / Gosford
* Available for Counselling Clinic Enquiries and information
Rudolf & Mirjam are experienced and well travelled teachers on working with Relationships. Originally trained in Germany, they are now based in NZ where they are active in the healing community and training and teaching. They are pioneers at heart and share between them over 40 years of work experience in the human development field. Both have been working together as a couple since 1997.
In Healing Relationship workshops and individual consultation, they model, teach and facilitate the knowledge, skills and processes involved in building compassionate, cooperative, mutually empowering relationships, that bring out the qualities and strength of all.
“True peace and tranquillity will only be realized when every soul will have become the well-wisher of all mankind.“ Bahá’u’lláh
Philip Oldfield – Senior Visiting Trainer
(B.A. Sociology, GANZ Clinical Member)
Rhonda Gibson Long – Senior Visiting Trainer
(M. Gestalt Therapy, B.Sc, Dip Ed, RSA,GANZ
Phil has been a Gestalt Trainer since 1986. He works in private practice in Surry Hills, seeing private clients, training and supervising counsellors and Psychotherapists, conducting training programs for government departments, hospitals, community organisations and businesses. Phil is particularly interested in gay and lesbian health and relationship issues, sexuality and the impact of HIV on our communities.
PH: 0418 119 749 (Phil) SYDNEY
Rhonda graduated from Sydney Gestalt Institute in 1993 and has been a trainer since 1997. She runs a full time private practice from her office in Kingsford, delivers Gestalt based lectures at various counselling colleges and presents Art and Gestalt workshops. She has extensive experience in Adult Education and school counselling, and is interested in expanding methodologies used to train adults. After studying Buddhism philosophy and meditation techniques in India she has a special interest in spiritual approaches to Gestalt.
PH: 0425 335 641 (Rhonda) SYDNEY
Amanda Gruhn – Visiting Trainer
BVA (Hons), Adv. Dip. Gestalt Psychotherapy, Member GANZ, PACFA
Amanda is a psychotherapist, relationship counsellor and marriage guidance counsellor in private practice with her partner Ron Dowd. Their qualifications and training are in Gestalt Psychotherapy and they are members of GANZ (Gestalt Australia and New Zealand). They have both also previously trained in Fine Arts. Ron & Amanda are married and work together with couples, and separately with individuals. Their style is informal, personal and conversational.
Psychotherapy and relationship work are for Ron & Amanda practices in the widest and deepest sense of the word – commitments to another person, or to a couple, to be with them in the present moment and to join in a co-creation that is energising and rewarding for them.
For the past two years, Amanda has also been involved with the training of senior Gestalt students at the TGI campus in Paddington, Sydney.
Amanda is inspired by working with people, and believes in the change and growth that come about through the psychotherapeutic and counselling processes. Underlying this is a deep commitment to engaging people in their unique and creative paths of development.
- Contact Amanda (Sydney): 0422 978 367
B.A., M.S.W., Adv.Dip.SW., Dip. GT.
Yaro finished his undergraduate studies majoring in psychology at the University of Manitoba and later his postgraduate studies at the University of British Columbia, Canada. He continued further studies at the University of Toronto specialising in adult education, group dynamics and supervision. He trained as a Gestalt Therapist at the Toronto Gestalt Institute and after graduating he became a faculty member of that Institute for four years. He immigrated to Australia in 1978 to lecture at the University of Queensland.
Over the past twenty five years Yaro has been teaching and training various professional groups and Gestalt groups in Brisbane, Tasmania, Sydney and overseas in Sweden, Denmark, Mexico, Germany, Estonia, Italy and Spain. Yaro is the co-founder of the Australian men’s movement together with Rein Van De Ruit. He trained most of the current men’s group facilitators in Queensland and NSW. He has been a regular contributor to the Men’s Festivals for the last ten years.
Yaro has published and co-edited four books in Gestalt Therapy and Group Process, three training manuals and numerous articles in several international journals on group work, Gestalt Therapy, Family Therapy, Alternative living, Men’s issues and Deep Psychology. He is also an accredited Values & Leadership coach.
Yaro is a founding member of GANZ (Gestalt Australia & New Zealand), the accrediting body of Gestalt Therapy Training Institutes. He is also a regular presenter at both the Psychotherapy in Australia Conferences and GANZ Conferences.
- Contact Yaro: 0421 514 907
FACILITATORS – Student PROCESS GROUPS
Grad.Dip.Gestalt Therapy, Dip. Couples Therapy, GANZ Graduate Member
Shar has a four year Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy obtained from Sydney Gestalt Institute and a Diploma in Couples Psychotherapy after a further two years with the Illawarra Gestalt Institute. She had the privilege of joining the SGI faculty as an Assistant Trainer in 2009 and began facilitating monthly Process groups for TGI in 2010.
Shar has more than 20 years experience as a leader, coach and group facilitator in the corporate world and is one of the few Gestalt therapists who is able to bring her skill and training to her role running a large division within the Westpac Bank.
In her clinical practice to date, Shar’s work has covered a range of areas including marriage breakdown, relationship issues, depression, bereavement, bullying, anger management and conflict management, along with her particular interest in working with eating disorders and sexuality.
- Contact Sharon (Sydney): 0401 717 449
Grad.Dip.Gestalt Therapy, Dip. Couples Therapy, GANZ Graduate Member
Barbara is a psychotherapist and executive coach. With 30 years experience in organisational and leadership development, Barbara applies Gestalt philosophy, principles and practices to her corporate work. Within this arena, Barbara works with coaching clients, runs leadership workshops and facilitates dialogue groups.
In her clinical practice, Barbara works with a range of clients who yearn to live a more authentic life. Some of the presenting issues are depression, anxiety, grief, anger and disempowerment. Barbara is also interested in working with the psychological aspects of physical disease.
Barbara’s own journey has helped her relate and empower others in their lives to reach their potential. Barbara continues her journey with every client that she sits with.
Barbara is married to John who loves motorbikes! She does not have children. She has two cats and lives in St Ives, Sydney.
- PH: 0417 226 696 – Sydney based
Doug Sotheren – Senior Therapist
Doug first trained as a relationship counsellor in 1970 – 1973 and undertook further training in Gestalt and Family Therapy. In the late 1980′s he developed an interest in body focussed, or Somatic models of counselling and has undertaken further training in this field. For eight years, from 1973, he operated a counselling centre in Western Sydney and then was involved in the creation of the LifeCare Counselling Service in Sydney. In 1989 he began a private practice as a Counsellor/Therapist, and human relations consultant on the NSW Central Coast.
His experience includes over 30,000 hours of counselling and thousands of hours of intensive clinical supervision and group training for counsellors and other health professional throughout Australia. He is a Clinical Member and Registered Supervisor of Australian Association of Relationship Counsellors, a Registered Clinical member of Christian Counsellors Association. He has a BA in Sociology and an M.Th. with focus on the family systems.
Available for Personal Therapy sessions
- Springfield – CENTRAL COAST
- PH: (02) 4324 3724
Brian Nannetti – Senior Therapist
Grad.Dip G.T, Clincal Member of GANZ
Brian has worked as a Counsellor and Group worker for the past ten years. He has practiced in a variety of settings including General and Psychiatric hospitals and Palliative care. He has worked in welfare settings with women suffering domestic violence, and facilitated groups for men seeking to change their abusive behaviour.
More recently, Brian has spent three years as a group and family therapist specializing in the treatment of addictions, PTSD and mood/personality disorders. He is a Gestalt Trainer and Therapist in private practice in Sydney & the Central Coast. He is also involved in facilitation of Yalom style groups and week-long workshops.
Brian is interested in how we keep ourselves safe (and perhaps limited) in relation to others.
“I believe that therapy is about relationship. It is about co-creating an appropriately supportive environment, where we can explore what lies beyond our once necessary limitations.”
Available for Personal Therapy sessions
- Umina – CENTRAL COAST/ SYDNEY – PH: 0425 234 978
Adv Dip G.T, Graduate Member of GANZ
Tamika graduated from Terrigal Gestalt Institute in 2010. She has been part of the Assistant Trainer program at TGI and is now available for personal therapy for TGI students and members of the public. She specialises in working with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, stress, trauma and relationship therapy.
Tamika facilitates Domestic Violence and Women’s Self Esteem groups on the Central Coast and she also participates as a resident counsellor and facilitator at the ‘Quest for Life’ residential programs with Petrea King www.questforlife.com.au .
Her many years of supporting clients who have experienced childhood trauma, abuse, hardship and domestic violence provide Tamika with an awareness into the complexities that stem from such adverse life experiences.
Tamika holds a spiritual and holistic approach to work and life, and is thus able to provide a respectful, safe and supportive environment where clients can explore both individual and relationship concerns. In a therapeutic context Tamika’s caring and empathic approach to supporting her clients encourages and assists them to develop self awareness and to use this gained knowledge for personal growth and positive life changes.
- East Gosford / Matcham
- PH: 0404 884 257
East Gosford at The Gestalt Centre
Gaby has qualifications in Social Science and Gestalt Therapy and has also trained in Family Systems theory, Narrative therapy and Dialectical Behaviour therapy. She is also trained in mediation and is presently part of a Mental Health team within Family Support where she coordinates community based casework and groupwork for individuals and families. She is also involved in working with clients with borderline personality traits, depression and bipolar disorder.
Since commencing private practice in 2002 Gaby has conducted workshops on self support, provided supervision to counsellors in local community agencies, as well as working with individuals, couples and families. Since 1986 she has also been a practitioner of Aikido.
Gaby’s present interests are to explore the therapeutic dimensions of spirituality and to continue learning more about working with dissociative identity disorder.Previously Gaby has been involved in a gestalt interest group in Newcastle and is keen to re-establish such a group in the future.
Gaby has a strong commitment to integrating theory and practice.
“I believe Practice without Theory is empty; Theory without Practice is blind.”
- PH: 0410 756 019 / 02 4962 3022
- Private practice address: 70 Donald Street, Hamilton 2303
- Email: email@example.com
Dip G.T, Dip. Couns. IACS, Clinical Member C.A.P.A
Neil has worked as a Counsellor and Therapist for many years on the Central Coast. Initially he was drawn to Men’s Groups in 1992 and two years later pursued training in Gestalt Therapy. During training Neil experienced profound life-changing transformation that now underpins his therapeutic work with clients.
In Neil’s Therapist journey he has come to believe in the potential for spiritual insight “… that sits latent within us all”. He holds that working with ‘energy’ in this way moves us toward insight and healing. He values working therapeutically with honesty and integrity.
Working as a psychotherapist, Neil now has the opportunity to support and assist others in their development, knowing this will serve them as they navigate through life.
“ We all have the opportunity to create profound stirrings of trust, self love and self acceptance.”
- PH: 0416 026 468
- Copacabana – CENTRAL COAST
- Website: www.centralcoastcounselling.com.au
Jay graduated from TGI in 2008 with an Advanced Diploma in Gestalt Therapy. She has since completed Hypnotherapy studies and has a Cert 1V in Workplace Assessment & Training. She has also had two years training as a Gestalt Facilitator with TGI.
Jaylene is available for personal therapy for TGI students and members of the public.
Available for personal therapy
Greenpoint Ph: 0438 241 564
Naomi is a Graduate from the Sydney Gestalt Institute 2010 and has over ten years of experience in case work in addition to numerous years of experience working with new parents.
She has her own private therapy practice on the Central Coast and is currently working part-time as a Practitioner within the Catholic Schools system in addition to seeing clients at the Interrelate Family Relationships Centre. Some of her special interests include: attachment issues, transition to parenthood/motherhood, grief & loss, the pregnancy journey, self esteem, relationships (including separation), family and couples therapy and depression. She has four children and lives on the Central Coast.
PH: 0423 776 670 East Gosford at The Gestalt Centre
Adv Dip G.T, Associate member of GANZ, BTeach (B-5yrs), BPrimEdStud
Leonie graduated from the Terrigal Gestalt Institute in 2009. She has always been fascinated by ‘the human experience’ and has found that working with Gestalt techniques makes available a wonderful set of tools that can shed light on an individual’s own experience. Gestalt has been both life changing and life affirming for Leonie and she is now passionate about supporting others to discover the journey for themselves.
Combined with her experience in Early Childhood and the Primary School years, Leonie is also the mum of an Adolescent boy and knows all too well the challenges that children and parents of today face. Leonie specialises in working with children and is available for limited sessions after school, during school holidays and on Saturdays. Leonie works in the Ourimbah area.
Areas of personal interest: Attention disorders, dyslexia, learning differences & loss of a parent through death/separation.
Available for Personal Therapy sessions
- PH: 0423 922 251 / (02) 4329 6300
- Ourimbah – CENTRAL COAST
BFA; Adv Dip Gestalt Psychotherapy; MGANZ
Martina is co-owner of Affinity Psychotherapy & Counselling Services from where she runs her private practice, therapy groups and courses. She is a Gestalt Psychotherapist and has been a faculty member of Sydney Gestalt Institute (SGI) and Gestalt Therapy Sydney (GTS). As well as working in private practice, Martina has experience in organizations such as ACON (Aids Council of NSW) and GLOO, a relapse prevention program for people in recovery from addiction.
Martina has worked and delved deeply into the healing arts and has dedicated the last 20 years to contemplative practices such as Mindfulness meditation and Hatha Yoga. Martina embodies the wealth of her experience in these practices, in her work as a therapist, in the form of clear presence, compassion and mindfulness. She is passionate about how meditation can be integrated into everyday life and brings a wealth of experience in coaching people how to apply mindfulness to achieve greater contentment in their lives.
Being a mother of two, Martina understands the challenges and difficulties that naturally emerge in juggling relationships, parenting and work and the transformations that come through therapeutic support. Martina is currently undertaking training in Family Systems Therapy.
PH: 0423 184 955
Eastern Suburbs, Sydney
“I am passionate about journeying with women who are confronted with difficult life transitions and supporting them to discover healing, insights and the essence of their power and potential.”
Robyn is a qualified Gestalt psychotherapist with over 10 years as a client, trainee and therapist in the Gestalt approach. She has over 15 years experience in spiritual accompaniment with individuals and small groups. She also has experience and qualifications in Ignatian Spirituality and graduate management training programs. Further to that Robyn’s professiponal expertise includes: marketing, strategic planning, organisational development and change management in both the corporate and non-profit sectors.
Robyn has a special interest in women’s wellbeing especially during major life transitions. Her own life has been transformed with a number of years of therapeutic support and spiritual guidance. She now feels inspired to ‘pass it forward’ to other women. Clinically Robyn specialises in relationship counselling and mentoring, grief, depression, anxiety, addictions, pre & post natal issues, infertility, IVF and menopause. Her clinical interest also encompasses career discernment and spirituality.
Robyn employs many Gestalt principles in her practice, including conversation, meditation, art therapy and dream work to name a few. She especially enjoys exploring awareness of the body, mind and soul/spirit in the present moment and how that impacts the way we take ourselves into the world. For Robyn the best way to describe the Gestalt therapeutic journey is this:
“I tried so hard to change, going to great extents to find what I wanted and turn into something different – I exhausted myself in the process. What I found with great humility is that change is about sitting with what is true for me in the present moment and accepting this fully. Remarkably, this has been a key to unlocking the potential for change itself………… Paradoxical and powerful.”
Available for Personal Therapy
- Northern Beaches, SYDNEY
- PH: 0412 695 579
Past International Visiting Trainers
Stephen Schoen, M.D
Stephen Schoen is a Psychiatrist who trained under Harry Stack Sullivan, Fritz Perls, Gregory Bateson, and Milton Erickson. His interest in the spiritual values of psychotherapy led to his giving seminars at the Esalen Institute, The C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, the Naropa Institute, and the Gestalt Therapy Intitute of Cologne. A former president of the Gestalt Institute of San Francisco, he has been a training member since 1970. He maintains a private practice in San Rafael, California. His Book “Presence of Mind: Literary and Philosophical Roots of a Wise Psychotherapy” was published in 1994.
Stephen travels worldwide offering workshops and training in Europe: Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, Australia and America. Stephen will be presenting workshops at the GANZ Conference in Melbourne in September 2012 and will then be offering open workshops in Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and at Terrigal.
Robert G. Lee, Ph.D.,
Robert Lee is a psychologist in private practice in Newton, Massachusetts, USA. He has written extensively and presented widely on ‘shame and belonging’ as regulator processes of the relational field. He applies his intersubjective, constructivist insights to a wide range of clinical populations, including working with individuals, couples, families, children, adolescents, and brain-injured folks as well as to the topics of self process, development, field theory, ethics, culture, gender, neurobiological underpinnings of shame and belonging, chronic illness, and trauma. Robert’s books include The Voice of Shame: Silence and Connection in Psychotherapy. (co-editor, Jossey-Bass, 1996), The Values of Connection: A Relational Approach to Ethics (editor, GestaltPress/The Analytic Press, 2004), The Secret Language of Intimacy: Releasing the Hidden Power in Couple Relationships (GestaltPress/Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2008), and Relational Child, Relational Brain: Development and Therapy in Childhood and Adolescence (GestaltPress/Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2011).
He is an editor at GestaltPress, a faculty member for the Advanced Child and Adolescent Program at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and a visiting faculty member of a number of Gestalt training programs in Australia, Canada, Europe, Mexico, and the USA. Robert has been involved with a number of Gestalt Training Institutes in Australia over the last few years and is a highly regarded teacher and presenter for Gestalt students.