This week we continue with our series of posts re-introducing the GANZ Council members to the wider Gestalt Community, with the intention to make GANZ and the GANZ Council more visible.
This week it is the turn of Julia Werner (Secretary)
I am a Gestalt therapist working with individuals and couples in my small private practice Gestalt Pathways. I have trained at Gestalt Therapy Australia in Melbourne and in gestalt informed couple therapy in Germany. I loved the training and increasingly developed a desire to work with people as a counsellor helping them in turning their sufferings into emotional growth. I completed the 4-year course in 2013.
Gestalt theory first came into my life when I was lecturing in landscape architecture and environmental planning at Leibniz University Hanover in Germany. I have a Master of Science in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning and a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning and continue to lecture in landscape architectural design.
I enjoy working with complex systems such as cities or the landscapes that we inhabit, developing creative design ideas for potential future developments and fostering the sustainable co-existence of people and nature.
Counselling has become my second career, while I remain to work part-time as a lecturer in landscape architecture. For me the external and the internal worlds are related, and I am interested in the interactions between the two worlds. My knowledge of how complex systems work and relate to each other has given me an insight into how our ‘internal structures’ relate to each other and the effects they may have on our ‘whole’ when they are disconnected from one another.
I took up the role as the GANZ secretary and now enjoy working alongside a Council team so passionate and dedicated to Gestalt.