The new council for 2022 was sworn in at the Annual General Meeting of GANZ on the 14th of November 2021.
The Council roles are detailed in these documents:
Secretary and International Chair
Annie is a Gestalt Therapist in private practice in the Sunshine Coast Qld. She has a special interest in depression and is currently piloting a new study on the phenomenological and aesthetic dimensions of this creative adjustment in the field. Annie has studied Clinical Issues from a Relational Gestalt Perspective with Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb and others at the Italian Gestalt Institute. She has a passion for connecting globally with Gestalt Therapists and is in an ongoing training group with gestaltist from many parts of the world. Annie is also a music teacher with years of experience teaching improvisation to small children. Her special interest in writing on Gestalt and meeting the unexpected with the unimagined- the recovery of an improvised life.
Nathan runs a private practice in the Gold Coast (Yugumbeh Country), Qld and Murwillumbah (Bundjalung Country), Nth NSW. He is a devoted parent, with three children aged between eight and 21 and when time (and body) permits, he enjoys surfing. He’s trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Depth Enquiry and is passionate about anti-oppressive practice. Although he works with many individual clients, Nathan prefers to work with relationships in a Gestalt and EFT-informed way, with a drive toward limbic revision and restructuring attachment through corrective emotional experiences.
President and Professional Development
Michelle Sier is a psychologist and psychotherapist who operates a private practice in Melbourne. She possesses a deep affection and commitment towards Gestalt Therapy, appreciating the way it encourages individuals to realize their potential for change, choice, and a rewarding life.
Michelle is passionate about professional development and how it can bring people together as a community to resource and support our work and connections to each other. She is intrigued by the potential for therapists of diverse backgrounds, trainings, and experiences to connect and learn from each other, both clinically and relationally. Her aspiration is to broaden opportunities for contact and learning, and to assist in fostering creativity, vitality, and enthusiasm within the community through professional development events.
Research Chair and Vice President
Karolina Krysinska is a Gestalt psychotherapist who maintains a private practice at Lygon Therapy and volunteers at the ConnectGround Clinic at Gestalt Therapy Australia in Melbourne. She has pursued Advanced Clinical Training in Contemporary Gestalt Therapy at The Relational Institute in Sydney. Her interest in Gestalt psychotherapy is driven by her passion for understanding psychological and emotional well-being more deeply, and for enhancing human relationships.
In addition to her therapy work, she is an experienced research psychologist, with a primary focus on suicide research and prevention, as well as postvention, for the past 25 years. She has also contributed to research in the psychology of religion, dementia, and end-of-life care. Currently, she holds the position of Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Mental Health, the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the Melbourne University, and serves as an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.
Membership Chair / Student Representative
Tamara is a professional counsellor with a private practice on the Sunshine Coast and is completing her final year of a Master of Gestalt Psychotherapy. Tamara is a trauma informed practitioner with experience and passion for empowering women, particularly in recovery from relational, family, and childhood abuse. Her work is supported by a love for Interpersonal Neurobiology, Attachment theory, & Feminist thought, and she is excited by how Gestalt practice includes these modalities through phenomenology, dialogue, and field sensitivity.
Tamara believes that when individuals are brought together and supported to develop self-awareness and self-acceptance, & to create healthy authentic contact, they empower themselves, build community, heal & grow. As such, Tamara’s future focus is on Gestalt Groupwork, which she considers has the potential to address and respond to the complexity of issues individuals and communities face in today’s ever-changing world.