The new council for 2024 was elected at the Annual General Meeting of GANZ on the 29th of October 2023.
The Council roles are detailed in these documents:
Secretary and International Chair
Annie Garrety is a supervisor and psychotherapist who runs a private practice online and in the Sunshine Coast hinterland Qld. She has been on the Academic Governance Board of Gestalt Therapy Brisbane for 10 years. She is also a qualified music specialist teacher with a deep interest in pedagogy and the importance of life long learning. She has completed studies of clinical issues with both Institutio di Gestalt Italy with Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb and at Turin International School of Psychopathology and Gestalt Psychotherapy with Gianni Francesetti, Michela Gecele and Jan Roubal. She has a special interest in phenomenological field theory and its intersection with the wisdom tradition of Zen and the art of improvisation. She is supported in this curiosity by over 40 years of practice as a zen student and her six grandchildren. The suffering fields of personality adaptations holds a special place in her heart and practice. Annie has studied supervision both with the Turin School of psychopathology and the Gestalt Centre Melbourne and sees the supervisor as the servant of the servant of the suffering field.
Nathan lives in Brisbane (Meanjin) and runs a Gestalt practice in Murwillumbah (Bundjalung Country), Nth NSW. He is a loving parent, with three children aged between 10 and 23. He enjoys surfing, long walks and deep conversations with his closest people. Nathan is trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Depth Enquiry. He is passionate about anti-oppressive and non-judgemental therapy. Nathan works with individuals and relationships in a Gestalt and EFT-informed way, with a view toward limbic revision; restructuring towards secure attachment through corrective emotional experiences.
Interim President and Professional Development Chair
Michelle is a psychologist and gestalt psychotherapist practicing in Melbourne. She has over 15 years of clinical experience and training, operates a feminist and trauma-informed private practice, and is a senior psychologist at the Melbourne Centre for Women’s Mental Health. She completed her gestalt training at Gestalt Therapy Australia.
Michelle is passionate about professional development and bringing rich opportunities for gestalt therapists to support their work and connections to each other. Next to her psychotherapy experience, she has a background in project management and resource development for various mental health program initiatives at the Australian Psychological Society and the Australian Government Department of Health.
Research Chair and Vice President
Karolina is a Gestalt psychotherapist in private practice and faculty member at Gestalt Therapy Australia in Melbourne. She completed her Gestalt training at The Relational Institute in Sydney.
Karolina is an experienced research psychologist, and her main interest for the last 25 years has been suicide research and prevention, and post-intervention. She is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Mental Health and Community Wellbeing at the University of Melbourne.
Karolina has been a member of the Gestalt Australia and New Zealand (GANZ) Council since 2020.
Community and Membership Chair
Zoë is a dedicated Gestalt psychotherapist with a private practice situated on the Mid-North Coast of NSW (Gumabaynggirr Country). She engages with clients in-person and online, providing individual and couples sessions while also facilitating groups.
Zoë possesses a profound interest in supporting individuals from diverse backgrounds and demonstrates a passionate skillset forguiding women through significant life transitions, such as motherhood. Her commitment to this demographic extends to providing a safe space for those who may feel overlooked and uncelebrated amid life’s challenges and milestones. Fostering a sense of belonging is an important value that resonates throughout her personal and professional life.