Intimacy and solitude: exploring relationships in group therapy

Gestalt Centre
February 28, 2024 6:00 PM
A 10-week program to explore our relationship with self, others and the world we live in.

Gestalt Therapy Group with Louise O'Dwyer and Divna Zhezhovska

Commencing Wednesday 28 February 2024


Intimacy is vital to our wellbeing. A knowledgeable, nurturing relationship with our self is what makes intimacy with others possible. Each of us needs to find a delicate, shifting balance between being available to others and true to ourselves.

This program is designed to support the development of your personal awareness, find greater 'choicefulness' in responding to the world, and build confidence and vitality in your interactions with others. While joining a group may seem intimidating, group therapy offers unique benefits that individual therapy cannot. Our experience shows that group members are often pleasantly surprised by how rewarding group interactions can be.

A group can provide a valuable support network and sounding board. Members offer insightful feedback and support in tackling difficult situations or life challenges. The group can hold you accountable to your goals. Regularly sharing and listening to others also puts our problems into perspective and reminds us that we are not alone.

People come from different backgrounds and have unique perspectives on situations. By seeing how others approach problems and manage their own patterns, you can discover a range of effective strategies for facing your own.

Registration Process

Please complete this form to tell us more about what you would like to get out of a therapy group. One of our team will be in touch to confirm your place once you have completed this form and paid the fee below via Eventbrite.


Fee | $825 for the 10 sessions. GST included.

Date | 28 Feb to the 15 May with a two week break (3 & 10 April no group)

Time |6pm – 8pm

Where | Gestalt Therapy Australia, 622 Lygon St, Carlton North

About the group

This is a process group with a maximum of 8 members. The group runs according to school terms, with a break during school holidays. Group participants have the opportunity to continue with the group into the following term if they wish. New members will be invited to take up spaces that become available at the beginning of each term. Once these places are filled, the group will become closed again for that term.

Link to ConnectGround Website

Cancellation policy

No refunds after the commencement of the group.

About the facilitators

Louise O'Dwyer

B.Ed. Advanced clinical training in Relational Gestalt Psychotherapy. PACFA accredited

Louise, she/her, is a gestalt therapist, teacher and theatre practitioner. She is in private practice and also runs embodiment workshops for therapists, artists and for people wanting to develop their public speaking skills.

She is passionate about exploring connection to self and other, belonging, creative expression and what it means to create community.

Divna Zhezhovska

Bachelor of Psychology, Advanced Clinical Training in Relational Gestalt Psychotherapy

Divna is a gestalt psychotherapist who has trained in Macedonia (European Association of Gestalt Therapy) and Australia (Gestalt Therapy Australia).

Having the opportunity to be trained in 2 modalities, the traditional lens of gestalt and the more recent, relationaly focused lens, has given her a more balanced approach, and a broad perspective. She is able to offer clients a more nuanced, tailored approach that is specific to their particular needs.

Divna is passionate about facilitating groups and witnessing how the power of the group dynamics changes the relationship with our inner and outer worlds. She is interested in creative expression, including jewellery making and photography, and she continues to bring this creativity to the therapeutic setting.

Both Louise and Divna livesand work on Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Bunirong land in the inner city of Melbourne.