Heidi Abrams


Heidi is a psychotherapist, artist, creative process facilitator, and gestalt trainer residing in Shaker Heights, Ohio. She teaches gestalt therapy and leads creative process groups in the US and abroad. In her work with individuals and groups she partners with her clients to unearth what lies deep within the soul. Heidi is currently a co-chair of The Gestalt Training Program, and a core faculty member of CATCO at GIC. Website: http://www.heidirabrams.com/

Roderick Allen

Roderick Allen, MSOD, GPHR, PCC

Roderick is currently Executive Director, Human Resources at Avon Products, Inc. in New York City where he provides HR leadership to the Global and NA Supply Chain organizations focusing on talent, culture and supporting the transformation agenda. Prior to that, he served as Vice President, HR for New York Life International, helping to navigate the organization through significant change globally. He coaches executive leadership teams internationally in regions such as Asia, Europe, and South America, including Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Thailand, Mexico and Brazil. Roderick holds a BS in Education from Northwestern University and an MSOD from American University. He is an ICF PCC and he has completed post-graduate work at both the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and the Gestalt International Study Center in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Frances Baker


Frances is a registered nurse, clinical psychologist, and ordained minister who specializes in helping individuals and couples develop satisfying lifestyles and applying multidimensional healing to address serious illnesses in her private practice in Shaker Heights. Having served in both faculty and leadership positions at the Institute since 1970--teaching the art and practice of psychotherapy for individuals and groups and developing in postgraduate students a balance of artistry and pragmatism in therapy--Frances brings invaluable historical depth and sensitivity to the board. While she has elected emeritus status, Frances occasionally makes a cameo appearance, besides serving on the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland board.

Philip Belzunce


Phil is a diplomate in psychotherapy, a psychotherapist, author, speaker, coach, consultant, an AAMFT approved supervisor and a married catholic priest. He applies a holistic and systems approach, integrating Gestalt, Ericksonian hypnosis, and family therapy methodologies, energy medicine, . His training includes family therapy with Virginia Satir, Jay Haley, and Chloe Madanes. He is a certified Tao instructor and a Reiki Master, a board certified polarity practitioner, naturopath and a spine realigner. He was faculty at various training programs and currently co-chairs the Gestalt Training Program at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, and clinical faculty of the Diversity Management Program since its inception as founding faculty, at Cleveland State University. He is author of What Really Matters Is the Heart and Heart Shadows, and co-author of Once upon a Doggie, and Eight Pathways of Healing Love: Your Journey of Transformation.

Jean Berggren

Jean Berggren, MD

Jean is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine, and is in private practice.

Donna Marie Berwald


Donna is a private practitioner in Fort Wayne, where she works with individuals, couples, and groups. She is on the faculty of the Working with Physical Process training program, and co-chairs the Working with Individuals training program.

Marlene Blumental


Marlene trained as a clinical psychologist and has worked with children and adolescents, their families, and their teachers in day treatment, residential, and school settings, both individually and in groups. She sees adults of all ages, couples and families in her private practice. She is a former director of clinical training at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland (GIC), participated in developing the advanced training program for working with children and adolescents, and teaches in the advanced program for psychotherapists. She has published research on mother/adolescent daughter relationships, conflict modes and gestalt resistances and authored articles published on these topics.

Patricia Bright

Patricia A. Bright, MA, GPCC™, PCC, BCC

Patricia is the owner of Bright Consulting LLC, an executive coaching and leadership development company in the Cleveland, OH area. With more than twenty years of corporate experience leading culture change and leadership development functions, her current focus is coaching leaders and professionals that are experiencing professional or personal transition or who desire exemplary performance in their careers or in their lives. www.bright-consulting.com

Jay Brinegar


Jay has over 20 years' experience in executive assessment and coaching, organizational change, and senior team development. He consults to a range of clients in the manufacturing, finance, and professional services industries. He is on the Board of the Seaman Corporation, a vertically integrated manufacturing company, and has served on GIC's Board.

Carleen Britton

Carleen Britton, LCSW

Carleen is a psychotherapist in private practice in Nashville, TN. Her primary area of interest and expertise is with addictions and addiction/codependency recovery issues. Before obtaining her Masters of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Carleen became certified as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor and worked in that capacity at several different agencies. Carleen has a strong passion for the power of the Gestalt approach to psychotherapy. She completed the Post-Graduate Training Program at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland in 1999 and has continued her participation in advance training programs since then. She enjoys providing supervision and training in Gestalt Theory and Practice.

Allison Bruce

Allison E. Bruce MEd, PCC

Allison is a private practitioner in the Cleveland area. She works routinely with individuals and couples, and is experienced with adolescents and adults in short term crisis management through long term therapy, psychoeducation, and personal growth. She has considerable experience in the areas of trauma, substance abuse, and general wellness. Allison emphasizes the use of embodied presence and relational approaches with her clients. She has enjoyed a professional development emphasis in Gestalt Theory and Application. Allison is also an accomplished manager and counselor in a variety of clinical settings.

Cathe Carlson


Cathe is a leadership and organization development consultant with 25 years' experience working with a broad range of executives in diverse businesses and industries in both public and private sectors, many of them Global 500 and Fortune 100 companies. Her primary focus is helping clients develop innovative solutions to complex issues while enhancing the quality of thinking and interacting in human systems. Current interests include personal and leadership coaching, development of consultants and other leaders, and transformational change strategies. Field theory, phenomenology, and dialogic existentialism are theoretical underpinnings of her work. She is currently a principal with an international consulting firm based in Houston specializing in building capabilities to support breakthrough performance.

Kirste Carlson


Kirste is an Advanced Practice Nurse at the Cleveland Clinic providing teaching, coaching, and consultation to health professionals in a variety of specialties. She holds Adjunct Faculty Positions at several local universities and maintains a clinical practice. Her passions include studying all kinds of awareness, aikido, and looking at Lake Erie.

Ann Carr


Ann is owner/principal of “Intruequest®”, an organizational effectiveness and executive coaching firm located in the greater Baltimore/Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  Ann and her partners offer a broad range of clients a suite of services which range from individual executive coaching, team coaching, customized leadership develop learning programs, organizational development consulting, and small and large group facilitation. Ann particularly enjoys working with individual clients to broaden their capacity through physical process experimentation, and working with small groups as they move from awareness to increased effectiveness.  Prior to leading Intruequest®, Ann offered similar coaching and consulting services within two Fortune 50 corporations.  Earlier, she studied classical piano and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya.  She is a Master Certified Coach and member of the ICF, OD Network, Global Coaches Network, and adjunct faculty for Georgetown University's Certificate in Organizational Development.  Ann holds a Master of Science degree in Social and Organizational Learning from George Mason University. Website: www.intruequest.com.


Dorothy Cashore
Visiting FACULTY

Dorothy Cashore is a clinical psychologist in training at Duquesne University. Originally trained in Lacanian psychoanalysis, she has seen her clinical practice transform through the influence of ecopsychology, liberation psychology, the relational movement, and many patients who knew better than she did. She draws inspiration from mental health practitioners who view the healing of individuals as contingent upon the transformation of oppressive social conditions and the pursuit of environmental and economic justice. In both clinical and non-clinical pursuits she is committed to prevention and to supporting movements that serve human beings and other-than-human nature by healing the broader culture that organizes us. She enjoys camping, unruly Mojave Desert winds, and laughing very hard.

Kathy Clegg


Kathy is a psychiatrist on the faculty of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, where she also directs the Public Academic Liaison Program for psychiatry residents and the psychiatry core clerkship for CWRU medical students. She has special interests in community psychiatry, addictions, and group process, and in working with survivors of sexual abuse.

Michael Clemmens


Michael is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in Pittsburgh, PA, working with individuals and couples. He has been a GIC faculty member since 1987, presently teaching in the Working with Physical Process and Gestalt Training programs as well as offering workshops. Michael presents workshops nationally and internationally, teaching and offering experiential learning opportunities.  He is the author of “Getting Beyond Sobriety”, “Body and Culture”, and “The Interactive Field: Gestalt Therapy as an Embodied Relational Dialogue”.  A workshop leader and work scholar leader at Esalen Institute for 20 years, Michael’s main interest is in the interaction between physical processes, relational dynamics and the larger contextual field.


Lynnette Davidson, MDiv, MEd, LPC-MHSP
Visiting FACULTY

Lynnette is a licensed professional counselor in full time private practice in Nashville, Tennessee.  She provides individual and group therapy to adults facing a range of concerns, and is particularly interested in working with young adults, women, creative/artistic types, those with spiritual/religious conflicts, and those with diverse sexual and gender identities.  She has trained in Gestalt therapy at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, completing the Gestalt Training Program, Working With Physical Process Program, and the Group Intervention Training Program.  She currently serves on the board of Nashville Psychotherapy Institute.

J. Rick Day


Rick is a clinical psychologist and President and Managing Principal of JRDA, Inc., an international organization and leadership development consulting firm. JRDA serves both public and private sector organizations throughout the world, including numerous global 500 companies in diverse industries. Previously, he was Vice President of Organization and Management Development at Honeywell Aerospace. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Corporate Services in a behavioral health care organization as well as in private practice providing clinical and consulting services. He has worked as GIC faculty in several of the clinical and OD programs as well as in various leadership and administrative roles, including Board Chairperson. As a clinical psychologist, he works with adult individuals, couples and groups. He also currently serves on a variety of Boards throughout the country.

H. Tim Ewing


Tim is a diversity and organizational development consultant with over 15 years of international and domestic consulting experience ranging from the classroom to the boardroom. He assists clients in creating high-performing, productive work environments where multicultural organizations leverage their differences to meet the organization's goals & objectives. Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Denison University, a Master's in International and Intercultural Management from the School for International Training and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University. His research interests include: diversity and inclusion, leadership development, positive transformation and change. As an executive coach, trainer and facilitator, Tim is able to support his clients in strengths-based development and change. In addition, he has teaching responsibilities in the coaching and training programs along with providing leadership with consulting services offered by the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.



Mark is the Founder and Executive Director of The Relational Center, a grassroots nonprofit in Los Angeles. Mark is a longtime community organizer, organizational consultant, author and teacher. After completing his graduate studies at Columbia University in the 90s, he took various leadership positions in the AIDS movement for over a decade.  In addition to overseeing The Relational Center, Mark consults with other non-profit boards and management teams, offering strategic planning facilitation, leadership development and support for culture shift.

Alan Federman

Alan Federman

Alan has a Master's degree in Clinical/Counseling Psychology from Akron University and is a Licensed Social Worker. A graduate of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, he is licensed as an Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor and has been in private practice since 1987. In addition, Alan teaches psychology at several local colleges.

Gail Feinstein

Gail Feinstein, LCSW

Gail is a gestalt therapist and transformational leadership coach committed to the awakening and liberating of people from the captivity of addiction and cultivating a recovery for their full flourishing and thriving. She is the past president of the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy and the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy and had the privilege of being mentored by Laura Perls.

Barbara Fields


Barbara is a therapist in private practice, working with individuals, couples, and groups. She also works as a consultant and clinical supervisor. She serves on the faculties of the Gestalt Training Program, the Group Intensive Training Program, and Working with Individuals.

Karen Fleming


Karen is director of Adult Outpatient Services at Coleman Professional Services in Kent, OH. She works in both community mental health and private practice settings. As assistant professor of psychology for Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, she provides training supervision for pre-doctoral psychology interns. She works with individuals, couples, and groups. Her research and interests include theories of change and stability.

Travis Fox

Travis Fox, PsyD

Travis is a Psychologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison working with individuals, couples, and groups. He also provides seminars, workshops, and supervision. Particular areas of interest are working with men's issues, supporting the personal development of emerging health care professionals, working with groups, systemic level consultation and intervention, and early adult development. He is a graduate of GTP XV and the Working with Physical Process Advanced Training at Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, as well as, a program at the Gestalt Therapy Training Center — Northwest in Portland, Oregon.

Isabel Fredericson

Isabel Fredericson, PhD

Isabel has been involved with GIC almost since its inception. She has served as chairperson of the Educators Program, Humanism in Action, PG II, and the Group Intensive Training Program. She now resides in Santa Barbara, and continues to work as a teacher, trainer, and therapist.

Pamela Gleisser

Pamela L. Gleisser, LISW-S, RMT

Pamela is in Private Practice specializing in bereavement, health, adults, individuals couples and families. She also provides Reiki and guided imagery with patients at Hillcrest hospital. She worked twenty years in Cleveland Clinic Social Work Departments covering multiple services including the Hirsch Cancer Center and Intensive care units.

Daniel Goldstein

Daniel Goldstein, MSW, LCSW

Daniel is a Clinical Social Worker at the North Carolina State University (NCSU) Counseling Center, where he provides individual and group therapy, clinical training and supervision, and outreach to the NCSU campus community. Daniel is passionate about the transformative healing power of Gestalt therapy and uses an embodied relational approach in his work with clients and trainees. His post-graduate training at GIC includes completion of the Gestalt Training Program, Working With Physical Process Program, and Group Intervention Training Program. His clinical interests include working with groups, shame, and men's issues.

Susanna Goulder

Susanna Margaret Goulder, GPCC™

Susanna, an Interfaith Minister, works with people who want to live with passion, work with purpose, and step into the life they're meant to lead. As president of Live Your Good Life Coaching, Susanna helps people access higher consciousness to live their deepest truth. Susanna left her successful career in motion pictures and television and entered Seminary to lead a more purpose-driven life. Susanna was the original set decorator of the hit television show, "Sex & The City".

Lalei Gutierrez


Lalei is a holistic and energy psychologist, life and relations coach, marriage and family facilitator working with individuals, couples and groups. She is an AAMFT approved supervisor, diversity and group process facilitator and consultant. She is a board certified polarity practitioner, certified Tao instructor and Reiki Master. Her extensive experience embodies an integrative approach of mind-body-energy-heart-spirit processes for the whole person/system. She is faculty at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, and founding faculty of the Diversity Management Program at Cleveland State University. She co-authored Once Upon a Doggie and Eight Pathways of Healing Love: Your Journey of Transformation.

Elaine Brown Hammond

Elaine Brown Hammond, PhD

Elaine has been a member of GIC's professional staff since 1972. She specializes in the use of hypnosis and imagery in conjunction with Gestalt techniques, and is exploring techniques for working with the body to restore balance, to free-up natural energy, and to promote holistic healing.

Rick Hancock


Rick is Principal of Richard B. Hancock and Associates, an organizational development group based in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. With more than 20 years of senior management experience, he applies the Gestalt approach to resistance to whole-system assessments, large-group facilitation, team development, conflict resolution, and executive coaching.

Frances Harris

Frances L. Harris, MSSA, LISW

Frances is president of FH International, as well as a clinical social worker in private practice with individuals, couples, families, and organizations. She has a special interest in developing relationships between adult siblings and their parents, including consulting to family businesses. She is a former chairperson of GIC's Board of Governors and of the Cleveland Approach for Gestalt Practitioners. She teaches Gestalt internationally.

Angela Hassenpflug

Angela Hassenpflug, MA, LCPCC

Angela is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor working in private practice in Brunswick, Maine. She provides individual and group counseling to teenagers and adults. Her main interests are healing from trauma, women's issues, navigating life transitions, addiction, and the integration of body, mind and spirit. Angela is a graduate of the Gestalt Training Program, Working with Physical Process, as well as the Groups and Small Systems Program.

Will Heindel


Will is the founder of CCTI, Inc., a counseling, consulting and training institute based in Pittsburgh, Pa. He works with individuals, groups and organizations and blends myth, metaphor, poetry and the natural environment to support transformation. He has a strong interest in bridging the wide gaps between the psyche, the body's physical processes, and the spiritual realms and emphasizes our sensory capacities toward greater self-awareness.

Ellen Hoffman


Ellen is a psychotherapist, dancer, and mom living in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. She has experience working with individuals, families, and groups. Ellen currently co-chairs The Gestalt Training Program and is a core faculty member of Working with Physical Process. She has over 25 years of experience performing, teaching, and facilitating modern/contemporary dance and movement exploration with people of all ages, abilities and levels of training. Ellen integrates her love of movement with an evidence based, embodied relational approach in her work with her clients. She finds her joy dancing, digging in the dirt, spending time with loved ones, and being in nature.

Denise Hyble


Denise has been a private practitioner in Bloomington, Indiana for over 20 years working with individuals, couples, and groups. As a consultant she provides conflict resolution and interpersonal communication in organizations. She is also a yoga instructor.

Wes Jackson

C. Wesley Jackson, Jr., PhD, ABPP

Wes is a clinical psychologist in private practice and specializes in working with couples and individual adults. He has a special interest in measuring the positive behavioral changes resulting from couples therapy, and has developed a method for assessing these changes. He offers retirement issue workshops for those in pre-retirement, retirement, and of an age to retire but still working. Wes served as the Chair of GIC's Couple and Family and Small Systems Training Program for 25 years, and served as a member of GIC's Board of Governors, also for 25 years. He was a Professor of Psychology in the School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University for 10 years. He is Faculty Emeritus at GIC. Wes is a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology from the American Board of Clinical Psychology (ABPP), is a Certified Health Service Provider, Council for the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, and is a Fellow in the Academy of Clinical Psychology.

Renee Jennings


Renee Jennings is a somatic and energy arts practitioner, teacher/trainer and consultant in Pittsburgh, PA offering an embodied, integrative approach to healing and transformation. Renee is faculty at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, a certified EMDR therapist and hypnotherapist, meditation teacher and Reiki master/teacher, and Energy Psychology practitioner.  In addition to working with individuals, couples and groups, Renee has presented workshops and trainings at numerous conferences and organizations, including the Esalen Institute, the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy, The Ohio State University, and the National Association of Social Workers.  Renee is most interested in the embodied evolution of consciousness and the expansion of the human heart.  As a mystic and a sometimes ungraceful human, she values highly the unfolding, meandering path of becoming a self and co-creating one’s unique and vibrant purpose in and contribution to the world.  As Jung aptly states, “Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart.  Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens.”  Renee feels most at home when unplugged from technology, trekking through the woods with her dog, and spending time with those she loves.
Website: ReneeJennings.com

Bary Johnson


Barry is president of Polarity Management Associates. For the past 35 years, he has been working to help create organizations that are good places to work, to own, to do business with and to have in the community. In the process he has founded 5 organizations. The Polarity Management Map® and initial set of principles emerged out of his work in 1975. Since then he has continued to develop the map, principles with a variety of organizations all over the world. He wrote a book on his work with polarities (dilemmas, paradox) in 1992: Polarity Management, Identifying and Managing Unsolvable Problems. HRD Press.

Daniel Jones


Dan is a psychologist, Associate Staff in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at the Cleveland Clinic, Clinical Director of Intensive Outpatient Services for Mood Disorders for Adolescents and Adults and Substance Use Disorders for Adults. He is also Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. His special interests include the development of a contemporary relational approach in gestalt therapy, the developmental process of therapy, and the role of emotional understanding in the change process.

Cliff Kayser

W. "Cliff" Kayser, III, SPHR, MSHR/MSOD

Cliff brings 20 years of experience in organization development, leadership coaching, and training to his role of Vice President, Mastery and Coaching Programs at Polarity Partnerships. He conducts training in Polarity Coaching for the Advanced Coaching Certificate Program at the Mason Center for the Advancement of Well Being and Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. He is also on the faculty of the American University's Masters in Organization Development program, KEY Executive Program, and the Federal Executive Institute. He has experience leading system-wide change processes and leadership development initiatives a variety of public, private and not-for-profit organizations nationally and internationally. Prior to joining Polarity Partnerships in 2012, he was President and Founder of Xperience, LLC, a boutique Organization Development, Coaching, and Training firm run by COO and Executive Coach Lori Mishos, his sister. Cliff's experience also includes positions as VP of Organizational Development and Training for the National Cooperative Bank, Senior Organization Development Consultant for The Washington Post Newspaper, and Corporate Manager of Human Resources, Training and Web Development for The Washington Post Company. Cliff received a bachelor's degree in History and Business from Lenoir-Rhyne University, and holds master's degrees in both Organizational Development and Human Resources from American University. Cliff graduated of The Georgetown University Executive Leadership Coaching program in 2007 and Gestalt's BEI program in 2008, and completed the 2-year Mastery in Polarity Thinking program in 2009. From a retreat center in Berkeley Springs, WV built between 2002 and 2007 -- Kayser Ridge (www.KayserRidge.com) -- Cliff conducts various polarity-focused trainings: Foundations in PACT™ (Polarity Approach for Continuity and Transformation), Advanced PACT™ (assessment tool training), and the 2-year Polarity Mastery Program. Cliff was co-author of The Love, an international collection of essays, articles, and poems by acclaimed New York Times best-selling authors and contributions of Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners including Maya Angelou, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Andrew Cohen published in 2010. He lives in Washington, D.C. where he runs, rides, swims, studies eastern philosophy, and regularly practices Tai Chi/yoga.

Jim Kepner


Jim is a psychologist who works with individuals and groups, and who specializes in body approaches to therapy. He is the author of Body Process and Healing Tasks: Psychotherapy with Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse, both published by GestaltPress.

Lourdes Kepner

Maria de Lourdes Quiroz Kepner, MHD

Lourdes is a Gestalt therapist, coach, educator and NSEW practitioner. She currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio where she works as a coach/consultant and studies Experiential Leadership With Horses. Lourdes was a co-founder and Academic Director of UPAD Gestalt Training Institute and Academic Director of the Masters in Human Development Program at ITESO University, both in Guadalajara, Mexico, where she taught and supervised students for 27 years. She has published and presented widely on dreams, group process and human development, and holds certificates in Nervous System Energy Work, Gestalt Body Process Psychotherapy and Gestalt Psychotherapy with specialties in dreams, children and Music Therapy.

Linda Koenig


Linda is an executive coach, organizational effectiveness and human resources consultant. She provides executive coaching in leadership, motivation, critical-thinking and survival skills in turbulent work environments. She specializes in helping executives overcome obstacles that keep them from achieving their highest potential. Linda is also a certified mediator and helps resolve disputes between various employees and groups. As a complement to her consulting practice, Linda teaches at Cleveland State University in the graduate Diversity Management program, her classes include Diversity Issues in Human Resources, Conflict Management Across Differences and Facilitation of Diversity Issues. In addition She is a certified trainer of Investment in Excellence and the Emotional Intelligence Inventory. Past clients have included both public and private sector companies/agencies ranging from global companies to small local businesses. Her client industries include banking/finance, insurance, space age technologies, government agencies, social service agencies, food/restaurant businesses, public and private schools including universities.
Web Site: Koenig Consulting Group.

Robert Kolodny


Robert is an Organization Development Consultant & Executive Coach with an independent practice.  He has worked with a variety of organizations:  businesses and family-owned firms, multi-national corporations, government and international agencies, voluntary institutions, civic and community bodies in the United States and abroad.  Robert brings relational Gestalt theory and practice to work with complex human systems. He has been a co-chair of  the Group Track Training Program, as well as a leader or co-leader of broad range of workshops at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland since 1988. He is the author of multiple articles in Gestalt books and Gestalt journals. Robert's guiding professional vision is helping people build more satisfying and effective workplace communities and creating more just and democratic relations in civic affairs.  He has a particular interest in the development and role of leaders, and in the evolution of Gestalt practice in fuller appreciation of its relational and field-theoretic core.
Website: http://www.kolodnyassoc.com/

Mary Ann Kraus


Mary Ann is a Community/Clinical Psychologist working for the past 30 years as a facilitator, trainer, teacher and psychotherapist. She has worked with teams in many community projects and is in private practice specializing in embodied, experiential adult development, couples psychotherapy and personal development groups. Mary Ann is currently co-chair of the Groups Facilitation Training Program and a core faculty member for the new CEO Program at GIC. She is a longstanding member of the Faculty Development Committee supporting the development of current and aspiring faculty members. She has facilitated 3 1/2 week residential cross cultural dialogue experiences for Middle East Community Leaders from Palestine, Israel, Egypt and Jordan through Seeds of Peace International Camp. She spent 12 years as a member of The Dream Partners learning collaborative doing deep dive training in not-for-profits focused on increasing awareness of and transforming world-views for leadership and service. Mary Ann recently facilitated a Summit for the National Institute of Civil Discourse that brought together Elected Officials, Journalists and the Public in an essential interface addressing current challenges to civil discourse.  Her current interests are in full spectrum human development across the lifespan and increasing supports for social activism and social justice. Mary Ann loves traveling and experiencing new cultures and has two cool and very different children who live 2500 miles apart, thus supporting her traveling bug. She enjoys hiking, skiing and backpacking out West, loves playing sports of all kinds and currently rows and is learning to play volleyball.

Lynne Kweder


Lynne, formerly GIC's executive director, is an independent consultant, primarily to nonprofit and public organizations. Her interests include working with organizational change, leadership development, strategic planning and structuring, development of boards of trustees, and race and multicultural relations.

Logan Lamprecht


Logan is an associate faculty member at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, where he has enjoyed affiliation since 2012. He primarily co-facilitates group experiences for individuals seeking self-understanding and more meaningful modes of existence and contact with others. He is also an assistant professor at Cleveland State University, where he has taught for the past several years in the master’s level counselor education program. He has been in private practice for the past several years, where he works with adolescents and adults on a number of problems of living. His greatest sources of meaning are with his four children, his partner of 14 years, and time living closely to nature.

Arlene Luberoff


Arlene is a speech-language pathologist with experience in clinical practice, management, product development, clinical supervision, and teaching. She has an additional degree in psychology with a specialization in diversity management and certification in polarity therapy. She currently practices privately and supervises undergraduate students in the field of communication sciences and disorders. Her special interest is in working with body-oriented and energetic approaches, which she integrates into her existing clinical and coaching practices.

Carolyn Lukensmeyer


Carolyn is an organizational consultant forging public-private partnerships, reforming educational systems and curricula, and transforming and revitalizing bureaucracies to integrate corporate strategy, structures, and human resources. Her clients have ranged from organizations of 10 to the Executive branch of the federal government, when she consulted to the White House. She is founder and director of America Speaks, a not-for-profit organization and nationwide network that links authentic citizen voices with the governance of the nation.

Amy Luzar

Amy L. Luzar, MSSA, LISW

Amy has been Visiting Faculty at GIC since 2001 co-facilitating the Ongoing Personal Growth Group with Les Wyman, PhD, has completed the Gestalt Couples and Family Training Program, and is a current student in the first CATCO program seeking certification from GIC as a Gestalt practitioner. Amy resides and owns her private practice in which she works with children, adolescents, and families in Shaker Heights. Amy also works at The Emily Program as a Family Therapist who specializes and has expertise in Family Based Treatment for Eating Disorders. As a second generation Gestalt Therapist, Amy is rooted and trained in Gestalt relational theory and practice, and also employs evidence based models such as CBT and CBT-E. Amy is informed by DBT principles and practices as well.

Amy is inspired to work with children, adolescents, and families. In the work lies a unique opportunity to help young people and their families be their agents of change during a profoundly transformational time in their lives. Amy works with her clients in the therapeutic relationship on making contact, raising awareness, supporting ground, and building skills to accept what is in the here and now and move toward meaningful growth, healing, and change.

Amy enjoys spending time with her family, running, practicing yoga, and spending as much time outdoors as possible.

Jan Maurer

Janet Maurer, MA, GPCC™, PCC, BCC
Visiting FACULTY

Jan brings a variety of professional experience having worked in both line and staff positions from sales to sales training, leading and managing teams to training and coaching executives in leadership and management skills. Her passion is working with individuals and teams to discover their potential and make the behavioral shifts to achieve the desired performance goals. 

She has worked with professional services firms, insurance firms, healthcare, oil and gas industry, aerospace companies, water and wastewater entities, and not for profit organizations. Jan provides training and development services, executive and team coaching, meeting facilitation and planning along with organizational consulting. 

Jan obtained her Master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University and is certified in programs from the Center for Creative Leadership, Development Dimensions International, Wilson Learning, and is a Caterpillar Six Sigma Green Belt. She acquired her coaching certification from the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland Coach Certification Program and is an International Coach Federation certified coach and a Board-Certified Coach.
A transplant to Solon, Ohio she lives with her husband Jay and has two stepdaughters.  She enjoys reading, crossword puzzles along with outdoor activities including hiking, biking and will seek out walks in surrounding woods. She is a respectable cook who enjoys reading culinary magazines and cookbooks and then experimenting with recipes. Most of all, she enjoys a good laugh with family and friends.

Rick Maurer


Rick works with leaders who need to build support for their ideas at work. His work addresses two fundamental questions: Why do people support us? And, why do they resist us? Leaders who can answer those questions often do far better at building commitment for new ideas and changes in their organizations. His books, Beyond the Wall of Resistance and Why Don’t You Want What I Want? as well as his tool, The Energy Bar™ (www.energybartools.com), are built on the foundation of gestalt theory and practice. In addition to his work here at GIC, he works with leaders in the US, Canada, Russia, South America, the UK, and Europe. 

Melissa Kelly-McCabe


Melissa is president of Clear Intent Strategy, Inc.  She is an executive strategy coach, business strategist and dynamic public speaker. Since 1998, she has specialized in working with CEOs who are new to their position as they accelerate their business goals while imprinting their personal style on their company. Often she works with women who are taking over family businesses.  Melissa is architect of ExporTech™, part of President Obama's National Export Initiative, and was an assistant to Dr. W. Edwards Deming early in her career. Melissa's coaching practice is grounded in Gestalt principles, with a particular emphasis on body process work, using nature as a guide, and art/creativity. She is active as a Dean and facilitator for the Coach Certification Program. Melissa holds an MS in Organization Systems from the University of Southern California, and a BA in Statistics, minor Industrial Engineering, from the University of Buffalo. At home in the lovely Finger Lakes region of New York state with her husband, in her spare time, Melissa skis, gardens, golfs and sculpts.  Websites: ClearIntentStrategy.com, CirqueDuSophia.com 

Mark McConville


Mark is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Cleveland, OH specializing in adolescent and family psychology. He is the author of Adolescence: Psychotherapy and the Emergent Self, and co-editor of The Heart of Development: Gestalt Approaches to Working with Children, Adolescents, and Their Worlds, Vols. I & II. He is currently working on a book on parenting and the development of the family field.

Jacquie McLemore


Jacquie is an organizational consultant with over 20 years experience as a change management consultant, executive and life coach. She is president of McLemore Consulting Associates, Inc. Jacquie enjoys her collaborations with communities, organizations, work groups and individuals as they consider, plan and implement changes that are important to them.

Jen McWeeny

Jennifer McWeeny, PhD

Jennifer has worked in academia as a professor of philosophy for fifteen years cultivating intellectual engagements with students, researchers, and faculty colleagues. Her most recent appointment is at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts where she is Associate Professor of philosophy. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of philosophy of mind, phenomenology, ontology, feminist philosophy, decolonial theory, and Buddhist philosophy. She is particularly influenced by the thinking of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Simone de Beauvoir, William James, Margaret Cavendish, Zen Master Hakuin, and Maria Lugones. McWeeny is coeditor with Ashby Butnor of Asian and Feminist Philosophies in Dialogue: Liberating Traditions (Columbia University Press, 2014) and her articles have appeared in Hypatia, Continental Philosophy Review, Chiasmi International, and Journal for Critical Animal Studies, among other venues. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Simone de Beauvoir Studies and has served as Executive Secretary for the Eastern Division of the Society for Women in Philosophy and as the Director of the Fortieth Annual Meeting of the International Merleau-Ponty Circle in 2015. She completed GTP XII at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland in 2010 and continues to explore connections between phenomenology, Gestalt theory, and contemporary cognitive science. Jennifer finds a spiritual home in nature and runs, hikes, kayaks, camps, and paddle boards on a regular basis.

Linda Miller

Linda Miller, PhD, GPCC™, PCC

Linda is a leadership consultant, process facilitator, and executive coach. She works with executive leaders in the technology, healthcare, academic, and non-profit sectors. She specializes in coaching both technically trained leaders and female executives, and also works with leaders and faculty in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines to improve organizational effectiveness, enhance faculty engagement and retention, create climates conducive to positive leadership and collegiality, and promote the inclusion of women and other under-represented groups in faculty and leadership roles. Linda has a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science and a Ph.D. in Electronic Materials from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Rosalind Franklin Society -- an organization dedicated to recognizing and fostering contributions made by women in the life sciences.

Jessie Moncrief

Jessie Moncrief, MSSA, LISW-S

Jessie has a private practice in Rocky River, Ohio. Jessie has presented for community agency staff, interns, faculty at small colleges and fellow therapists. She teaches how engagement and connectivity are paramount in the healing relationship with self and others. Through her holistic, sometimes paradoxical stance, she helps people make the changes they want to make (i.e., create effective behavior modification for themselves) As a psychotherapist, she combines her knowledge of clinical psychotherapeutic techniques with her fluid skills and awareness of embodiment, creativity, spontaneity and authenticity. Her interests include how anxiety and depression affect relationships with self and others, post partum depression, and intimacy in all types of couples through connection to mind, body and spirit. Although she enjoys working with all types of people, she especially appreciates the opportunity to work with individuals who self-identify as gay, transgender, polyamorous, or who are otherwise creatively connected.

Martina Moore

Martina Moore, MA, PhD

Martina holds a Ph. D. in counseling, education, and supervision. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor- Clinical Supervisor. She is the President of Moore Counseling & Mediation Services, Inc. This organization provides Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) to area businesses, and is an outpatient substance abuse treatment center. Dr. Moore is faculty at John Carroll University and an instructor at The Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. Dr. Moore was the 2013 Doctoral Emerging Leader for the Association of Humanistic Counselors (AHC). In her year of service to AHC, she founded the Ohio chapter of AHC. Dr. Moore is President-Elect of the North East Ohio Counseling Association. Dr. Moore is on the board of directors for Serving and Learning Together (SALT), a non-profit organization where she works on philanthropic activities to provide services such as building dispensaries, schools, and libraries in under developed countries. In 2015, Dr. Moore received an award from Smart Business Magazine as a 2015 Progressive Female Entrepreneur. Martina completed her Ph.D. at Walden University, in Counseling Education and Supervision with a specialization in Consultation. She holds a Master's degree from John Carroll University in Community Counseling and Human Services, and a Bachelor's of Art's degree from Notre Dame College in Psychology. She is a trained Gestalt Family Therapist, from the Gestalt Institute. Martina is also a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP), a Certified Mediator, and a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP). Martina has provided professional trainings and professional development services for the past 20 years. Martina's speaking and teaching style is engaging, interactive, and highly stimulating.

Deb Schneider-Murphy

Deb Schneider-Murphy, LISW

Deb is a Somatic Psychotherapist who practices in Columbus, Ohio. Her interests in integrative work have spanned more than thirty years and have led to dual licensure in Social Work and massage therapy. Deb also has advanced training in Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy, Gestalt Therapy and CranioSacral Therapy.

Andy Powell

Andy Powell, MA, GPCC™, PCC

Andy is the "Chief Firestarter" of Rule 6 Consulting — a leadership and organizational change consulting and executive coaching practice dedicated to building purpose driven and fully integrated organizations and leaders. Andy's background is in organizational development with particular focus in the areas of culture change, post-merger/acquisition integration and team effectiveness. After spending with over 30 years doing this work in senior OD roles at Exxon, BFGoodrich and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals he started Rule 6 in 2013. Andy is an ICF - PCC (International Coach Federation) and GPCC™ (Gestalt Professional) certified executive coach, is certified and experienced in Appreciative Inquiry and is on the board of Conscious Capitalism, Northeast Ohio.

Monique Rodriguez

Monique Rodriguez, MA, NCC, LPC

Monique is a Gestalt therapist and counselor educator in Austin, Texas. She is the owner of Austin Embodied Therapy, a private practice where she specializes in working with addiction, long-term recovery, and adult survivors of childhood abuse and trauma. Monique holds a B.A. in Psychology from St. Edwards University, has earned her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from St. Mary's University, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Counselor Education and Supervision at St. Mary's University where she is researching embodiment and Gestalt resistance processes in counselors-in-training. In addition to her formal university studies, Monique is a graduate of the Gestalt Training Program XV as well as the Working With Physical Process Advanced Training Program at The Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. She has served on the Executive Board of Directors as Secretary for the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy. Monique has presented at state and national conferences on topics related to Gestalt therapy and holistic approaches counselor education. As an educator, Monique's research interests include bridging embodiment with clinical practice and counselor training. She is especially interested in the relational, affective, and somatic dimensions of counselor education.


Visiting FACULTY

Elena is a Gestalt therapist in New York City. She integrates energy work, an embodied relational approach, and her bilingual and bicultural background in working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Elena specializes in working with survivors of abuse and trauma as well as trauma perpetrators. Elena is a graduate of the Gestalt Training Program, Working with Physical Process, and currently is a 4th-year student in the Gestalt-Psychoanalytic training program at Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy in New York City, where she is completing her Licensed Psychoanalyst requirements. In addition to a graduate degree in mental health counseling from Touro College, Elena also holds a graduate degree in applied mathematics from Kent State University. Elena has a particular interest in spiritual aspects of healing. She is a yoga practitioner, vision quest undertaker, and an avid explorer of nature and wilderness.  

Shareefah Sabur

Shareefah Sabur, MA, CDP

Shareefah Sabur has 30 years of experience in various roles in health care and education.  Recently, at Hospice of the Western Reserve, Shareefah held the titles of Chief Strategy Officer, Compliance Officer, HIPAA Privacy Officer, and Chief Quality and Education Officer.  She also provided oversight of the Hospice Institute, which supported a culture of inquiry where clinicians were challenged and supported in doing research, presentations and publications to further advance hospice and palliative care.  Shareefah has also lead initiatives at the state, national, and international levels to advance quality of care, public policy, and advocacy.   Over a period of eight years, she worked as a loaned executive in the startup of a multinational organization in Uganda.  She also worked in Zambia, Rwanda, and South Africa providing training, board development, and strategic planning to support the delivery of palliative care during the AIDS pandemic. Through her consulting practice, primarily focusing on strategic planning, board development, and quality improvement, she supports the efforts of nonprofit organizations to stay true to its mission and achieve sustainability.  She is committed to the Gestalt approach and uses it to leverage powerful, positive change in her practice. As a Certified Diversity Professional, she continues to teach in the Diversity Management Program at Cleveland State University, is adjunct faculty at Kent State University, and visiting faculty at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. Education includes:  BA Psychology, MA Psychology, MNO Master’s in Nonprofit Organizations

Juliann Spoth


Juliann is the Chairperson and faculty for the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland Coach Certification Program and workshops,  a certified executive and team coach, and an organizational consultant, speaker and educator. Juliann is also a Mentor Coach for leaders and coaches attending leadership and coaching programs at Case Western Reserve University.
She has over 30 years of experience in organizational development (OD) consulting and team and leadership coaching. In the process, Juliann has served clients in 18 diverse industries and a variety of organizations from Global and Fortune 50’s to small family-owned businesses. Her executive coaching practice has served leaders in 18 countries and 5 continents. Outside of her practice, Juliann promotes coaching and OD excellence through publications and presentations at national, regional and local professional organizations.

Herb Stevenson


Herb is CEO/Founder of the Cleveland Consulting Group, Inc.. He has 35 years of experience in gestalt based global consulting. His clients range from $25 million family owned business to multi-billion dollar global organizations. He has worked in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  His practice involves individual and team coaching for executives and C-suite officers as well as large scale change in international schools. He has developed executive development training programs for the federal government and global corporations. His clients include Exterran, Kentz, SNC-Lavalin, E-Trade, Defense Intelligence Agency, NASA, Vitamix, Seaman Corp. He was program chair for the Gestalt OSD Becoming an Effective Intervener. Presently, he teaches Coaching at the point of contact at GIC based on his model. He is a Certified Professional Coach, Certified Executive Coach, and Certified Diversity Professional.  He has published several gestalt coaching and consulting articles in the OD Practitioner, Gestalt Review and the Cleveland Consulting Group Newsletter. Herb is a member of the Organization Development Network (ODN), the International Coaching Federation (ICF), Society for Organizational Learning (SOL), and the Academy of Management. Herb is the founder of Natural Passages, a nature based personal and professional development program for men. It is an intensive sixteen-day program spread over 1 year in 4 day increments. The program re-initiates natural passages men need to complete to find a balanced and centered life in an ever chaotic world. Websites: Natural-Passages, the Cleveland Consulting Group, Inc.

Jackie Lowe Stevenson


Jackie is the CEO of Spirit of Leadership LLC providing coaching, leadership and team building retreats through experiential learning with horses and nature. Jackie teaches at CWRU Weatherhead Executive Development Program, MSASS, and the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. She is on the Weatherhead coaching staff, is a Board Certified Coach (BCC) and a Gestalt Professional Certified Coach (GPCC™).

Lise Stewart

Lisë Stewart, PCC, GPCC™

Lise is a GIC and ICF certified professional coach, business consultant and found of Galliard International and the Galliard Family Business Advisor Institute. A popular and nationally recognized facilitator and speaker, Lisë blends a wealth of experience and humor in her coaching approach. Her background is in organizational psychology and small business and she is the author of numerous articles on the sustainability of family business.

Carol Swanson

Carol Swanson, LCSW

Carol co-founded and has co-directed the Portland Gestalt Training Institute for twenty-five years. She has a private practice working with adults and couples in Portland, OR. Her current interest is studying how certain philosophical thinking can deepen clinical work.

Jody Telfair

Jody Niinita Telfair, PhD

Jody has a private practice in Gestalt therapy, working with individuals, couples, and families. She integrates Gestalt theory and methodology with Eastern systems and Native American philosophy. She is studying yoga and the psychophysical issues of the elderly. She has a particular interest in physical processes, energy, and the spiritual dimension of growth, health, and healing.



Denise is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Pittsburgh, PA. She has worked with children, adults, and families in residential, school, hospital, and mental health settings for 28 years. She is a graduate of Violet Oaklander's Child and Adolescent Gestalt training program. She is the author of Physical Process with Children and Adolescents, published in The Heart of Development: Gestalt Approaches to Working with Children, Adolescents, and Their Worlds, Vol. II (2003). In her Gestalt practice, she integrates physical process awareness and energy work.

Barbara Thomas


Barbara is a psychologist on staff at the Oberlin College Counseling Center, where she provides psychotherapy, educational programming, and consultation. Her interests include integrations of Gestalt, existential, dialogical and multicultural approaches to psychotherapy; adolescent and adult development; and cultural influences on identity development.

Sarah Toman


Sarah is a retired Cleveland State University faculty member and a licensed psychologist in the State of Ohio. She is the founder of Therapeutic Associates of Medina, a collection of therapists who believe that support, relationship and healthy environment are primary treatment components. With Dr. Ansel Woldt, Sarah co-edited the book, Gestalt Therapy: History, Theory and Practice. Sarah is a member of the faculty at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.

Karen Tomoff

Karen Tomoff, LPCC-S, LICDC, MT-BC

Karen is co-chair of the Gestalt Couples and Systems Therapy Program. She has clinical experience specializing in couples, families, children and adolescents, trauma, trichotillomania, addictions, group therapy and parent coaching. She is an active member of the Center for Principled Family Advocacy with specialization as a mental health coach and child specialist for collaborative divorce. Karen has been in private practice for over 20 years and has her own practice in Rocky River, Ohio.

Deborah Ullman

Deborah Ullman, MA

Deborah has a private practice in Orleans, MA. She is co-director of the Gestalt Press, active with the Gestalt International Study Center (GISC), and the Relational Center in Los Angeles, CA. She is engaged in social action networks, and is also a writer.

Michelle Vanderlip

Michelle C. Vanderlip, MBA

Michelle currently serves as the Director of Talent for Northwestern Mutual, a financial services firm in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Before Northwestern Mutual, Michelle worked as Vice President of Human Resources with the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and as principal consultant and executive coach with Soar Consulting Group, LLC, providing individual, team and systems-level consulting to organizations. Earlier in her career, she served as Director of HR for Baker & Hostetler and as Senior Manager at Ernst & Young. Michelle has participated as adjunct faculty at Cleveland State University, Lake Erie College, Case Weatherhead School of Management, and the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. She has an MBA from Cleveland State University and BA in Human Resources, Psychology and Economics from Michigan State University. Michelle has also completed extensive post-graduate work at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. Michelle and her husband, John Gustat, split their time between Wisconsin and Ohio with frequent trips to see their 3 children and 3 grandchildren.


John Verbos, MA, MFA
Visiting FACULTY

John Verbos is completing his PhD in clinical psychology at Duquesne University. He provides individual and group therapy, working in both clinical outpatient and inpatient settings, and has a particular interest in the phenomenology of psychosis. He has trained in Gestalt therapy at the Esalen Institute and the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, completing the Gestalt Training Program, Working With Physical Process Program, and the Group Intervention Training Program, among others. John has an extensive teaching background, having taught psychology, literature, philosophy and writing at the high school and university level since 2001, and is a published author of poetry and short fiction.

Nancy Wadsworth

Nancy S. Wadsworth, PhD, LISW

Nancy has extensive experience in the field of aging as a clinician, program developer, and consultant. She has developed innovative model programs based on Gestalt theory and methodology for geriatric interdisciplinary team training and for working with older adults and their families. As a principal of Wadsworth and Associates, she provides training and consultation to organizations on program development, interdisciplinary team training, and management of programs serving older people.

Mary Ward

Mary H. Ward, PhD, ABPP

Mary has been on the professional staff at GIC since 1973 and has served on the Board of Governors. Her primary teaching at GIC was in the PG Program (now the Gestalt Training Program), and for several years she was the Director of Training. She was a professor at John Carroll University for 21 years, and is now Professor Emeritus. Essentially retired, she enjoys staying in touch with the faculty and students at GIC and JCU.

Mark Warren

Mark Warren, MD, MPH, FAED

Mark is a faculty member of GIC and medical director of the Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders. Dr. Warren is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a two-time Exemplary Psychiatrist Award recipient of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and a winner of the Woodruff Award.

Elizabeth Welch

Elizabeth Welch, MA, CDP

Beth is a certified diversity management and organizational consulting professional in Cleveland, Ohio. She is an inclusion consultant at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio, overseeing the college diversity and inclusion task force, as well as designing and guiding numerous Dialogues on Race for administrators, faculty and staff. She has also been a consultant with D. L. Plummer and Associates, a Diversity Management and Consulting firm in Cleveland, Ohio, and The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio, working with a variety of businesses and city governments to further their inclusion goals. Elizabeth is a graduate of Cleveland State University's Diversity Management Program. She received her B.A. in English Literature and Humanistic Studies from Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana, and her M.A. in English Literature from Case Western Reserve University, before receiving her M.A. in Psychology from Cleveland State University in Diversity Management.

Gordon Wheeler

Gordon Wheeler, PhD

Gordon is President & CEO of Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, offering over 500 residential programs each year, many of them Gestalt-based. A licensed clinical psychologist with a long experience of practice, organizational consulting, and coaching, he teaches and trains widely around the world. Gordon is author or editor of more than a dozen books and over a hundred articles in the field. His work is noted for integrating the Gestalt tradition with relational psychology, with a special focus on lifelong development and education, early childhood, and issues of evolutionary neuropsychology, individualism, gender, culture and values, intersubjectivity, and the dynamics of intimacy and shame. His writings have also been in evolution, values, and cultural psychology, including multi-cultural issues and post-Holocaust studies, as well as several works of fiction; they include numerous translations from French and German, and have themselves been translated into some twenty foreign languages. As Editor and Co-Director of GestaltPress (publishing jointly with Analytic Press), he has been instrumental in bringing some 40 titles containing the work of over 100 Gestaltists to print in book form. Gordon and his wife Nancy Lunney-Wheeler have eight children and two grandchildren, and make their homes in Big Sur and Santa Cruz, California.

Lynn Williams

Lynn Williams, PhD

Lynn is a licensed psychologist who has been studying and practicing wholistic psychotherapy for over 10 years. Her work incorporates a variety of psycho-spiritual approaches to a variety of psychological issues. This wholistic approach is based on the view of the person as an interdependent mind, body, spirit system. Her training draws upon both traditional and nontraditional theories and therapeutic treatment modalities which emphasize psychology as the study of health and human potential and seeks to foster development of the intellectual, emotional, physical, social, creative, and spiritual aspects of a person's life. Both her personal and professional interests focus on wholistic approaches to health such as incorporating meditation, spirituality, yoga and nature for optimum well-being. She also has written on this topic and her article Spirituality and Gestalt: A Gestalt-Transpersonal Perspective was featured in the Gestalt Review. Currently she is working on a book about heart-centered practices for everyday living. She currently works full time with the Ohio Department of Youth Services delivering wholistic interventions to incarcerated youth and their families.

Victoria Winbush

Victoria R. Winbush, PhD, MPH, LISW, GPCC™

Vikki is clinical social worker specializing in working with individuals and families, and in providing training and consultation to organizations. She is a co-chair for GICs Gestalt Training Program (GTP). She is an instructor with Cleveland State University's Diversity Management Program, and with the Smith College School for Social Work. Her research interests include how parents facilitate mental health treatment for their youth, and the impact of diversity on clinical practice and on organizational change processes.

Ansel Woldt

Ansel Woldt, EdD

Ansel is an Emeritus Professor of Counseling at Kent State University, Psychologist and Clinical Counselor in Private Practice in Kent, and co-founder of the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy (www.AAGT.org). Ansel graduated from the GIC 3-year Post-doctoral Program in 1973 and has taught Gestalt therapy graduate courses at Kent State for over 40 years, where he also distinguished himself as an experiential gestalt pedagogue while serving as advisor and research director of 101 Ph.D. advisees, many of whom now teach/train in Gestalt Institutes. He is co-editor with Sarah Toman of Gestalt Therapy: History, Theory and Practice; the most widely used Gestalt textbook in the world.

Les Wyman

Lester P. Wyman, PhD, LISW

Les is a social worker, privately practicing as a psychotherapist and organizational consultant.He trains Gestalt practitioners and trainers internationally. Website: The Foresight Group, LLC

Celia Young

Celia Cheng-Ying Young, MBA, MA

Celia is the president of CELIA YOUNG & ASSOCIATES, INC. (www.celiayoung.com). Since 1986, Ms. Young and her associates have helped their clients develop vision and strategies and implement change in their businesses worldwide. They coach and develop globally competent and multiculturally versatile leaders on the individual and group basis in order to help mold a new organization that is open to and capable of fully utilizing the diversity of its people. Ms. Young is a professional speaker on Pacific Rim cultures, cross-cultural communication, organizational behavior, organizational change, leadership, diversity and creativity, and multicultural marketing strategies. She has a BA in Business Administration from Fu-Jen University in Taiwan, a MBA in Marketing from Michigan State University and a MA in Counseling Psychology from Pepperdine University. Having been educated and had business careers on both sides of the Pacific Rim, she possesses an excellent and unique ability to straddle the two worlds. It is between the two worlds where Ms. Young continues to do her life's work.

Rosanna Zavarella

Rosanna O. Zavarella, PhD, BCC

Rosanna is a holistic psychologist in private practice with 25 years clinical experience working with individuals, couples and groups. She is a life, health, and wellness coach, energy healer and hypnotherapist. She combines her specialties of women's spirituality groups and women's self empowerment and self development with Gestalt methods.