The new council was sworn in at the Annual General Meeting of GANZ on the 19th of September 2018. The Council roles are described here:
PresidentI began my training at the Gestalt Institute of Melbourne and have since studied in the United States and England. I completed a Master’s Degree in Gestalt Psychotherapy at Middlesex University and have recently completed my Doctorate. I have worked in private practice for the past twenty years, providing counselling and psychotherapy to individuals and couples. During that time I have also worked as a supervisor and educator. For the past seventeen years I have taught gestalt psychotherapy at Gestalt Therapy Australia and also teach internationally, most recently at the Esalen Institute in the US. I am an Associate of Relational Change in the UK and an International Associate Faculty with the Pacific Gestalt Institute. I am interested in writing and encouraging others to write and was a founding co-editor of the Gestalt Journal of Australia and New Zealand. I am particularly passionate about Eros and sexuality, and am interested in exploring how these issues emerge in clinical practice. My ongoing commitment is to developing theoretical and practical resources that better support practitioners. I am a member of GANZ (Fellow), a member association of PACFA, and am currently on the GANZ Council, having previously served as the Chair of Ethics and the President.
I was led to the practice of psychotherapy through an increasing interest in people and how we organise our lives and relationships. This, together with my curiosity about my own history and development, inspired a desire to know more, and eventually to change my career so I could work with people in this way. I began my psychotherapy training with a three year course at the Ashburn Clinic in Dunedin, New Zealand, and followed this with five years with the Gestalt Institute of New Zealand (GINZ).
Prior to this I had worked as an independent midwife and my early work proved to be a gift as I saw, at close hand, the formation of new families, or the adjustments that are made in established families as they accommodate their new member. This is where we begin to make who we are in the world, and much of what happens during this early time will have a profound impact on the rest of life.