I have been passionate about Gestalt Therapy since commencing specialist training at the end of the nineties. Coming from a background in community development and social justice activism, it was easy to feel at home with the principles and ethics of Gestalt.
Before establishing private practice, I worked for 13 years as a counsellor/advocate in a service for people who have experienced childhood abuse and trauma, family violence and the complexities which stem from these experiences and the impact on their sense of themselves in their world, and was the manager of that hospital based service for three years.
As a therapist I create a safe, accepting space where I support and invite people to join in a respectful therapeutic relationship to strengthen their self acceptance and capacity to have more satisfying lives and relationships.
To the GANZ Council I bring extensive experience in leadership, policy development, advocacy, community development and organizational management in community based organizations and peak bodies at state and national levels. And I am excited about participating in the growth and development of our profession as Gestalt practitioners and consultants.
I am a psychotherapist, supervisor, trainer and organisational consultant. I have twenty years experience as a helping professional in the fields of trauma treatment, relationship and family issues, men's issues, alcohol and drug dependence, supervision, and management consulting.
I have a particular interest in the intersections of gestalt psychotherapy, other relational approaches to psychotherapy, current advances in neurobiology, and their application in 'helping relationships'. I am also a Director at Gestalt Therapy Sydney.
I worked for more than 20 years as an IT professional - thinking a lot. Then I realised I needed to feel - a lot…. I graduated from Brisbane Gestalt Institute in 2006 and now I have a private practice offering individual and couple therapy, mediation, I facilitate rites of passage programs for boys, run a variety of groups for men (relationship, anger management, communication, grief and loss), and reparative justice conferences for young offenders.
I expect to complete my Masters of Gestalt Therapy this year with Gestalt Therapy Brisbane, where I also supervise students.
Leading up to the GANZ conference and the AGM, I was prompted by some friends to nominate to be on the council. I assured them that there was no way that I was going to take that on. Not a chance! Too busy, not my thing, etc. The rest is a blur of too many empty chairs (even for a Gestalt group), some very crafty facilitation where attendees were asked to consider and share their resistances, some unexpected hands on my shoulder, and significantly wanting to give something more of myself to the Gestalt community in honour of the passing of a mentor and friend in Maria Vogt.
I bring an exciting balance of head and heart, and the ability to work with both the forest and the trees (is god or the devil in the detail?). And a sense of humour. So here I am, and pleased to be here.
Trevor Good is 57 years old and born and bred in Sydney. First became involved in Gestalt Therapy through South Pacific Private Hospital back in the late 90's where he worked both as an Art Therapist and also conducting regular Saturday workshops. Initial training in Gestalt Therapy was with the Gestalt Training Institute Sydney and more recently completed an Advanced Diploma in Gestalt Therapy through Gestalt Therapy Sydney and is about to complete a Masters in Gestalt Therapy also through Gestalt Therapy Sydney. Trevor has completed counselling skill courses through Sydney University, Western Sydney University and the Lifespring Organisation. Trevor has 'Train The Trainer' accreditation through ACE and taught meditation courses with Macquarie Community College for over 10 years. Trevor currently works at ACON as a volunteer therapist and will be involved Gestalt Therapy Sydney's new emerging clinic operation.
Leanne is a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice. She studied the Gestalt approach in Melbourne and London, and more recently the relational approach to Gestalt Therapy at the Pacific Gestalt Institute (USA). For the past ten years she has been a faculty member of Gestalt Therapy Australia. She is also a faculty member of the Relational Center, a Los Angeles based organization whose mission is to promote greater diversity within the helping professions.
She is also interested in creating greater awareness of and sensitivity to our relational responsibility, and is particularly passionate about the place of sexuality and the erotic within the therapeutic relationship. She is well published and is an inaugural co-editor of the new Gestalt Journal of Australia and New Zealand. Leanne previously served as a member of the GANZ Council (as the Victorian Rep) and after two years as a member of the GANZ Ethics Committee, returned to Council as the Chair of Ethics and was GANZ president for the 2010-2012 term.
CHAIR OF ETHICS
BA, MPsych, Adv Dip Gestalt Therapy, MAPS, ClinGANZ
Presently I work in private practice in Melbourne as a Clinical Psychologist and Gestalt Therapist. I have over 20 years experience in mental health settings, a university counselling service and private practice. I have been a clinical member of GANZ for about ten years and was part of the organising committee for the GANZ 2012 Conference.
CHAIR LIASON AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
This is my fourth term with GANZ council; previously I was the NSW State Rep and Membership Chair role. My current position is Chair of Community Develpment and Liason. Other involvement in Council has included co-convening GANZ 2008, the 6th International GANZ conference at Ballina. Professionally my blurb includes; Master of Gestalt Therapy, Grad Dip G T. Cert Holistic Counselling, Adv Cert Community Welfare Psychotherapist and Trainer with over 15 years experience working with individuals, couples and families, groups and organisations. Currently, I have a private practice and am also the Director of Training of Gestalt therapy Sydney (GTS).
CHAIR OF TRAINING AND ACCREDITATION
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
― Mary Oliver
Sharon’s own life journey is to explore how to live her “one wild and precious life” in ways that are meaningful and satisfying in relationship with her family, friends and the communities with whom she is connected. In her roles as mother, therapist, supervisor, educator, consultant and facilitator she is passionate about supporting others to explore how they might live their own satisfying and meaningful lives. With Bachelor degrees in Theology and Ministry, Master qualifications in Education and Counselling along with career experience in outdoor education, pastoral care, school and tertiary education and education management Sharon brings wisdom, creativity and play to her life and work.
In her role as Chair Training and Accreditation and on the Council Sharon is keen to continue the solid work of her predecessors and wants to influence the Gestalt community in its exploration of those wider and edgy places. The words of Dave Mann resonate with her - “being a gestalt therapist is not a coat we put on and take off-we need to live our lives by embracing the principles of our profession. We need to be active politically, organizationally, in our everyday life, ecologically as well as with our clients. In doing so we will impact those around us and move towards living more harmoniously in relation to others and our planet. The wider applications of Gestalt are wide indeed” (Mann, 2010, p271).
CHAIR OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
I am a registered psychotherapist in private practice in Wellington NZ and I also work two days per week in the addictions treatment field.I am currently the branch convenor for the Wellington NZ branch of The New Zealand Association of psychotherapists. I graduated from the Gestalt Institute of NZ in 2009 and I have been practicing psychotherapy for six years. Prior to this I worked in the mental health and addictions field for eight years. I have an interest in self psychology and intersubjectivity theory and I find that this blends in well with gestalt theory and practice.
This is my first year as international relations chair and I was inspired to take on this role during my attendance at the 2012 GANZ conference in Melbourne. My interest lies in maintaining a connection to the wider gestalt community and in creating a more lively connection between Australian and New Zealand gestalt psychotherapy practitioners. I have felt very warmly received and welcomed by my GANZ council peers and it is my desire to carry the voice of NZ members to GANZ as a whole.