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:
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 the Arts is in 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.
Professional Development and Co-Vice President
I am a psychologist and psychotherapist working in private practice in Melbourne. I have a deep love for and commitment to Gestalt Therapy and the ways in which it invites and allows us to become aware of our capacities for change, choice and to live a fulfilling life.
I am passionate about professional development and how it can bring us together as a community to resource and support our work and connections to each other. I am interested in understanding the ways therapists with different backgrounds and professional training and experience can connect and learn from each other clinically and relationally. My hope is to expand opportunities for contact and learning, and to help facilitate creativity, vitality and passion amongst our community through professional development events.
Research Chair and Co-Vice President
I am a Gestalt psychotherapist in private practice at Lygon Therapy and a volunteer at the ConnectGround Clinic at the Gestalt Therapy Australia in Melbourne. I have completed Advanced Clinical Training in Contemporary Gestalt Therapy at The Relational Institute in Sydney. My interest in Gestalt psychotherapy reflects my passion for a deeper understanding of psychological and emotional well-being and satisfactory human relationships.
I am also an experienced research psychologist, and my main interest for the last 25 years has been suicide research and prevention, and postvention. I have also been involved in research on psychology of religion, dementia, and end of life care. Currently, I am a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Mental Health, the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the Melbourne University and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.
International Members Chair
Waltraud works in private practice in Melbourne. At heart she is an artist and devoted grandmother. She believes that we are all unique works of art in the making. She draws on sand play, art and clay, as well as her animals when needed. Just as a painter needs to discover the skills to select brushes and paints, so do our psyches need to discover which parts of themselves to shine and polish.
Waltraud feels privileged to sit with people and join them as they venture into deep dark places of their inner life.
She adores her garden, loves going Bush in the Hatmobile and immerses herself often in art, weaving, walks and making sculptures.
Waltraud hopes to further develop the peer gestalt support groups across the ditch and the world. She is very keen and loves to learn from other therapists in different countries.
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.