Heidi Abrams


Heidi Abrams works with children, adolescents, families, and adults.

She has worked in residential treatment centers, consulted with schools, and works with individuals and groups in her private practice. She is currently a co-chair of The Gestalt Training Program, and helped to create the Clinicians Advanced Training Program at The Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.

She works relationally with a present-centered approach, and supports her clients to live a creative life.
She has published on mindfulness with children and adolescents, and working creatively with the other.

Website: heidirabrams.com

Roderick Allen

Roderick Allen, MSOD, GPHR, PCC

is a human resources executive with an extensive background in compensation, talent management and organization development. Roderick has worked in numerous industries with responsibility for human resources in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America. He has extensive experience coaching executive leadership teams and leading strategic change. Most recently, Roderick served as Vice President, Human Resources for the Wonderful Company. Roderick received a BS in Education from Northwestern University and has a Master of Science in Organization Development from American University.

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 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.



Andrew is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Burlington, VT.  He has over 10 years of experience working with adults in psychotherapy and has advanced training and significant experience in working affirmingly with clients who identify as LGBTQ.  His practice is informed by gestalt, psychodynamic, relational, and mindfulness-based theories.  In addition to his work with clients, Andrew has provided clinical supervision to a number of graduate students and early career clinicians.  He also serves as the Chair of the Committee on Diversity and Social Justice of the Vermont Psychological Association.

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, 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 E. Bruce MEd, PCC

Allison is a private practitioner in the Cleveland area. She works routinely with individuals and couples, and is experienced with adults and adolescents in short term crisis management through long term therapy, psychoeducation, and personal growth.   Allison has considerable experience in the area of trauma as a clinical specialty.  Allison's additional areas of clinical interest include: personal and professional growth, somatic therapy, interpersonal relationships, women's issues, life transitions, energy healing, health and wellness, family systems, and group psychotherapy.   Allison also has extensive experience working in management roles within larger organizational systems.   She has experience in teaching and facilitating within various systems including the Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve University, and Kent State University.  Allison has facilitated locally and throughout the nation on topics related to shame and trauma.   Allison is Faculty member at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. 

Website: https://www.allisonebruce.com/


Lindsay Burr

Lindsay Burr Singla is a Partner at the Yarbrough Group. She presents truth while creating a safe space to assist clients in discerning action steps that fit their needs, budgets and mission. Her focus is on helping organizations and people set and achieve goals that are tied to meaningful work. Her specialty is on the millennial perspectives on the multi-generational workplace. Lindsay has also developed and implemented trainings for women’s leadership in corporate, non-profit and military settings. 

Lindsay received her BS in Political Science from Wellesley College and MS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University.



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 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.


Felicia Carroll, MEd, MA, LMFT, RPT-S

Felicia Carroll has studied and been a training co-leader and colleague with Violet Oaklander, Ph.D. for more than 30 years. She has been recognized for her work with children and adolescents as a keynote speaker and presenter at conferences on Gestalt Therapy. She is published in several books and articles on child psychotherapy and teaches internationally at major post-graduate Gestalt institutes. Since 1991, Felicia has conducted on-going training programs in Gestalt Therapy with children as well as supervision of trainees and licensed clinicians. Prior to her clinical practice, Felicia was a classroom teacher for twelve years and a social studies curriculum supervisor. She has two master’s degrees, one in educational psychology from the University of Oklahoma, the other in early childhood education and counseling psychology from the University of California Santa Barbara. 

In addition to offering training programs, she also teaches university classes at local graduate programs as adjunct faculty. Felicia is the Founder-Director and Advanced Trainer at the West Coast Institute for Gestalt Therapy with Children and Adolescents.


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.

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 of The Relational Center, a grassroots nonprofit in Los Angeles. He 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. Mark consults with other non-profit boards and management teams, offering strategic planning facilitation, leadership development and support for culture shift.


Alan Federman, MA

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 Feinstein is a gestalt therapist, feminine power leadership coach, trainer and ritual consultant.  She has been doing Women's Work for more than 35 years.  She is committed to the process of awakening and liberating women into their leadership, sensuality and radiance while holding space for them to come into their full flourishing.  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 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, 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, 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 is a body-oriented Gestalt psychotherapist, trainer, and dancer in private practice in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, working with individuals, families, and groups.  She co-chairs the Gestalt Training Program, and is a core faculty member of the Working with Physical Process training program at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.  With over 25 years experience as a dancer, she integrates her love of movement with an evidence-based, collaborative, embodied relational approach in her work with her clients. In her free time Ellen enjoys dancing, digging in the dirt, spending time with her children and loved ones, reading, and being in nature.


Lynnette Hope, 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.



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 gestalt and somatic therapist, energy arts practitioner, meditation teacher, and trainer/consultant in Pittsburgh, PA offering an embodied, integrative approach to healing and transformation.  She teaches in GIC’s Gestalt Training Program and Working with Physical Process, and provides retreats and evidence-based, body-oriented trainings nationally.  Renee is a certified EMDR therapist and hypnotherapist, meditation teacher and Reiki master/teacher and Comprehensive Energy Psychology practitioner.  Additionally, Renee works locally and internationally with clients, consultees, and students, and provides holistic supervision and mentoring. Renee is most interested in the relational, embodied evolution of consciousness and the expansion of the human heart.  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’s life and work are guided and informed by her spiritual and meditation practice of 25 years that began while obtaining a graduate degree in theology at seminary.  She is a student and initiate in the Sufi lineage of Pir-O-Murshid Inayat Khan, training with Murshida Sarah Weiss and SpiritHeal institute.
Website: ReneeJennings.com



Barry is president of Polarity Partnerships. 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.



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.


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, consultant, teacher and psychotherapist. She has worked with teams in many community projects and currently is involved in the Culture for Radical Engagement training at GIC. Mary Ann is in private practice specializing in embodied, experiential adult development, couples psychotherapy and personal development groups. She is currently co-chair of the Groups Facilitation Training Program and is Development Faculty for new programing supporting leadership in not-for -profit, for profit and community organizations. Mary Ann 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.

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.  His professional orientation is focused around facilitating the personal and professional growth of humans in a variety of capacities, including education, psychotherapy and mutuality.  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 15 years, and time living closely to nature.



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 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 L. Luzar, MSSA, LISW

Amy has been Visiting Faculty at GIC since 2001 co-facilitating the Ongoing Personal Growth Group with Les Wyman, PhD. Her competency as a Gestalt Psychotherapist is certified by the training faculty of the Clinicians’ Advanced Training with Certification Option (CATCO) program of The Gestalt Institute of Cleveland (GIC). Amy resides and works in Shaker Heights working with children, adolescents, individual adults, couples and families.  Having worked at Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders and The Emily Program for 10 years, Amy has expertise and extensive training in eating disorders and body image employing Family Based Treatment for Eating Disorders and CBT for Eating Disorders as well as CBT and Informed DBT methods.  As a second generation Gestalt Therapist, Amy is rooted and trained in Gestalt relational theory and practice.

Amy enjoys her family, running, practicing yoga and meditation, and spending time in nature.

Jan Maurer

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

Jan is the owner of Avant Edge LLC, an organizational development firm focused on assisting individuals, teams, and organizations in creating positive work environments and achieving their desired performance results. Her passion is developing successful leadership skills and making the behavior shifts necessary to succeed through training and executive coaching services. She has over 30 years working in corporate settings in a variety of industries and in different line and staff management roles. Her myriad of experiences has taught her what works and how to recognize what gets in the way. Jan is certified in programs from the Center for Creative Leadership, Development Dimensions International, Wilson Learning, and is a Caterpillar Six Sigma Green Belt. 

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


is president of Clear Intent Strategy, Inc., Director of Training and faculty for the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland Coach Certification Program and advanced coaching workshops. Melissa is an executive strategy coach, business strategist and dynamic public speaker. She specializes in coaching top leaders as they accelerate their business goals and imprint their personal style on their company. With over 30 years of experience, her coaching practice is grounded in Gestalt principles, with particular emphasis on body process work, using creativity, and coaching in nature. As a Certified Mentor Coach, Melissa works with seasoned coaches to sharpen their skills and deepen their impact. Melissa facilitates difficult strategic conversations in organizations, was the architect of ExporTech™, part of President Obama's National Export Initiative and was an assistant to Dr. W. Edwards Deming. www.ClearIntentStrategy.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.


Lois Meredith, PhD
Visiting FACULTY

Lois Meredith, Ph.D. is a multilingual clinician, consultant, and playwright.
As clinician, her special interest is creativity, with an emphasis on spoken language and its relationship to other areas of existential choice. She is the author of nine plays and two screenplays emphasizing themes of social responsibility and personal choice. She recently co-authored a book for children: An Elephant called Butterfly.
Dr. Meredith was a tenured Professor at Oberlin College, where she directed the French Theatre Workshop, and was a member of Herbert Blau’s theatre company. She has served on the faculties of the Gestalt Institutes of Brussels and Lyon, and the Centre de Croissance of Montreal.
She lives, writes, and practices in New York City.

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

Dr. Martina Moore holds a Ph.D. in counseling, education, and supervision. She is the President and CEO of Moore Counseling & Mediation Services, Inc., (MCMS). This organization has seven outpatient alcohol and drug treatment centers in Northeast, Ohio.
Dr. Moore is faculty at John Carroll University. 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 of dispensaries, schools, and libraries in underdeveloped countries. In 2017 and 2018, Dr. Moore traveled to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam where she taught students and psychology professionals treatment methods for the substance use disorder population.
In 2015, Dr. Moore received an award from Smart Business Magazine as a 2015 Progressive Female Entrepreneur. In 2016 she received the Community Service Pillar award from Medical Mutual. She was recognized as the 2017 Business Person of the Year by the Euclid Chamber of Commerce.
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 of Art's degree from Notre Dame College in Psychology. She is a trained Gestalt Family Therapist, from the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. Martina is also a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP), a Certified Mediator, and a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP).



Tom is a 1978 graduate of GIC's 3-yr. Post-Graduate Program and of Ilana Rubenfeld's 3-yr. Gestalt Synergy Program.  He is a psychologist in private practice in Fairview Park with considerable experience as a psychotherapist working with individuals, groups and organizations. He has counseled graduate and undergraduate students and has taught counseling, psychotherapy, psychopathology, group dynamics and general psychology courses at San Jose State University, Kent State, and John Carroll University.  Tom and Ansel Woldt have worked together for years, during which time they have co-facilitated Gestalt groups, co-taught graduate students and partnered to provide expert psychological services in numerous NE Ohio nursing facilities.


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.


Kristopher A. Nunn, MBA, MPOD, GPCC™, PCC, BCC
Visiting FACULTY

Kristopher is a talent and organizational development leader who specializes in coaching, talent management, leadership development, change management and organizational effectiveness. He’s appreciated the opportunity to partner with leaders for the past dozen years to enhance individual capability, build team effectiveness and create & execute enterprise strategies. In addition to independent coaching and consulting work, he proudly serves as a Senior Manager of Talent and Organizational Effectiveness at Asurion. His collective efforts continue to support his calling to connect & cultivate individuals and organizations.


Valente Orozco, LCSW, RPT/S, PPS

Valente is a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and Certified Gestalt Therapist with Children and Adolescents working in private practice. He a Past President of the Central Valley Chapter of the California Association for Play Therapy.  Mr. Orozco is a core faculty member with the West Coast Institute for Gestalt Therapy with Children and Adolescents. 



Marissa (they/them) is a psychotherapist in private practice in Cleveland Heights and visiting faculty at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. They are interested in the way relational space informs our lived experiences, especially our ideas of self(ing). Marissa created and co-teaches a course at Cleveland State University "Counseling LGBTQ Clients”. A native Ohioan, they enjoy being and foraging in nature, spending time with family and furry loved ones, and playing music with friends.


Andy Powell, MA, GPCC™, PCC

is the founder of Rule 6 Consulting, a Coaching and Organizational Change consulting practice with a particular focus on coaching leadership teams in systems undergoing significant changes such as restructuring, merger/acquisition, and major shifts in strategy. He couples Gestalt coaching and group intervention skills with a background in large scale change management, LEAN, and culture change. Based in Shaker Heights, Ohio he has over 30 years of experience in senior Organizational Development roles with Exxon, BFGoodrich and Pfizer. In addition to his work with the Gestalt Institute he is a board member of Conscious Capitalism: Northeast Ohio – an organization that helps organizations define and pursue a “purpose beyond profit”.

Susan Radbourne


Susan is a Counseling Psychologist who recently retired from an eighteen year career in private practice. As a Feminist, Gestalt Therapist, Susan specialized in the treatment of sexual assault, domestic violence, lesbian/bi/gay concerns and the oppressions. She is the former Director of Counseling at the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center. Susan has co-facilitated groups at the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center and the AIDS Task Force of Greater Cleveland. In her retirement she is more available to visit her daughters and grandson who live on the west coast.  She loves working in the garden, paddling her kayak and making and selling art at local art fairs.  

Monique Rodriguez

Monique Rodriguez, PhD, NCC, LPC

Monique is a Gestalt therapist and counselor educator in Austin, Texas. She owns 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 and Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from St. Mary’s University. 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 to counselor education. She teaches and supervises graduate level clinicians in working from an embodied approach to counseling and psychotherapy. Her research interests include bridging embodiment with clinical practice and counselor training and 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, MA, CDP, GPCC™

Executive Director of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland since 2016, and co-chair of the Coach Certification Program since 2018. She has 25 years of previous experience in various roles in health care and education which include quality improvement, research, leadership development, and strategic planning. She has held adjunct teaching roles at Cleveland State University and Kent State University.

Shareefah is a Gestalt Professional Certified Coach and a Certified Diversity Professional who provides services through her small consulting practice, which also includes strategic planning, board development, team functioning, diversity and inclusion cognizance, and quality improvement.

Shareefah has also demonstrated leadership at the state, national, and international levels. 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. She currently serves as secretary and associate archivist for the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy.

Education includes: BA Psychology, MA Psychology, and MNO Master’s in Nonprofit Organizations



Jennifer Sconyers has spent almost twenty years working in the community as an advocate, and a political and community organizer. Jennifer has spent her career building teams and giving individuals tools for sustainability and success with a heart for the community. Jennifer is a coach, facilitator and trainer who brings her years of experience to empower individuals and organizations through embodiment, making them diverse, inclusive, and high performing.

Juliann Spoth


Juliann is 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, 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 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.


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 in Pittsburgh, PA and will defend his doctoral dissertation, “Non-symbolic Exact Quantity Representation in a Language-Impaired Population,” in the spring of 2018. He is currently an intern with the Albany Psychology Internship Consortium in Albany, NY,  where he provides individual and group psychotherapy in both clinical outpatient and inpatient settings. John 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. He also has an extensive writing and teaching background, having taught psychology, literature, philosophy and writing at the high school and university level since 2001. John earned an MFA in creative writing in 2002, and is a published and anthologized author of short fiction.


Lisa Villao, MSOD, PCC, GPCC™

has 20 years of corporate organization development, talent management and executive coaching experience at several of NE Ohio’s Fortune 1000 companies. Outside of her day job, Lisa has a light side-hustle focusing on coaching and facilitating strategic planning workshops for small organizations.

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, MA, CDP, GPCC™

Elizabeth (Beth) is a certified coach and organizational development consultant in Cleveland, Ohio, specializing in Polarity Thinking, individual and team learning, and cultural influences on relationships. Elizabeth employs a Gestalt approach with its value of dialogue and multiple perspectives to support client capacity expansion.A former English professor, Elizabeth pays special attention to language and metaphor in her work in diversity and inclusive culture building. Her coaching practice includes adults and groups in personal, academic, and professional transition.

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.


Peter J. Whitt
Visiting FACULTY

Peter Whitt is the Principal of Enlightenment Consultant Group, LLC (ECG). His has advanced training and certifications in organizational interventions and coaching through the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. He holds a mastery certification in Polarity Thinking through Polarity Partnerships. Peter has supported leaders that range from community members to executive directors. Peter held career leadership positions in healthcare and higher education addressing health disparities, research and health equity.   He has lectured at Cleveland State University, Diversity Management Program, the School of Social Work and the College of Allied Sciences.  Peter holds the title Maha Guru (Senior Teacher) in KunTao and Silat Martial Arts.

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.


carol wishcamper, ma

Carol brings several decades of leadership experience in the education and non-profit sectors to her organizational development consulting practice. She works with a full spectrum of public, foundation, and non-profit organizations from small start-ups to well-established community icons doing leadership development, interpersonal relations training, group development, executive coaching, strategy formulation and planning, and adaptation to change. Carol has extensive training in Gestalt, Integral theory, Complex Adaptive Systems, as well as meditative and embodied practices. As a member of the Dream Partners, she served as a faculty member of their signature Integral Leadership Program. She currently is Co-Chair of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission, designed to promote inter-generational and intercultural healing.


Ansel Woldt, EdD

Emeritus Professor, Kent State University. Private practice psychologist & counselor in Kent. 1973 graduate GIC 3-year P-G program. Distinguished experiential Gestalt mentor, directed many Gestalt MA & PhD dissertations. Textbook co-editor: Gestalt Therapy: History, Theory & Practice.

Les Wyman

Lester P. Wyman, PhD, LISW-S

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 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.