Dr Leanne O'Shea

DPsych, BTheol., MSc, FellowMGANZ


Leanne is a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice in Melbourne. She studied the Gestalt approach in Melbourne and London, and more recently the relational approach to Gestalt Therapy at the Pacific Gestalt Institute (USA). She is a faculty member of the Relational Center, a Los Angeles based organization whose mission is to promote greater diversity within the helping professions, as well as an International Faculty Associate with Pacific Gestalt Institute. She is interested in creating greater awareness of and sensitivity to our relational responsibility, and is particularly passionate about the place of sexuality and the erotic within the therapeutic relationship. She is well published and is an inaugural co-editor of the new Gestalt Journal of Australia and New Zealand. Leanne has served as a member of the GANZ Council, including the Presidency and chairing the GANZ Ethics Committee.

Belinda Gibson

BPsych, Grad Dip (Psych), MPsych (Community), MAPS


Belinda is a registered Psychologist and Gestalt Therapist working in private practice providing counselling to individuals and couples. Belinda also offers clinical supervision to individuals.  Belinda completed her Gestalt Training with the Gestalt Institute of Western Australia and has also trained with the Gestalt Associates Training Los Angeles (GATLA).

Clinically Belinda has worked in a number of settings that include forensic, tertiary, community, and the private sector.  Belinda’s ongoing interest is in working with clients to create a warm, inviting and non-judgemental environment where clients feel safe to explore and understand their difficulties and lives. Belinda's therapeutic work with clients is influenced by her belief that with increased awareness, clients have the capacity to resolve difficulties, enhance their sense of wellbeing, increase their resilience and self-support, and experience fulfilling relationships. 

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Sally Coates

BSc, Grad Dip (Psych), AdvDipGestaltTherapy, Cert IV Workplace Training & Assessment

Sally is a psychotherapist and training facilitator who has worked across a variety of community and workplace settings.  Sally’s clinical practice has focused on assisting people experiencing substance use, depression, anxiety, trauma, loss, grief, and family violence.


Sally has taught the Diploma of Counselling, Diploma of Family Intake and Support Work, and Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs in Australia’s VET system.  Sally was the Education and Training Manager for Beyondblue where she managed the development and delivery of mental health and wellbeing training nationally for a diverse range of audiences.  As an independent consultant to the Qatar Supreme Council of Health, Sally developed, piloted, and evaluated Qatar’s inaugural workplace mental health and wellbeing training.


Currently, Sally manages a suite of student wellbeing services at The University of Melbourne.  These aim to promote a safe, inclusive, respectful, and connected campus community and to support students to thrive.  In this role, Sally also supervises a team of practitioners and specialises in supporting students and the broader organisation to prevent and respond to discrimination, bullying, and sexual harassment/ assault.


Sally commenced her Gestalt training at the Gestalt Institute of Melbourne and is a graduate of Gestalt Therapy Australia.  Sally is excited about joining the GTA teaching faculty in 2019.

Anna Evans

BA (Hons), MA (Psych), Grad Dip Gest Th, MAPS

Anna is a psychologist, psychotherapist, lecturer and counsellor, offering both short and long term counselling and supervision to individuals and organisations. She currently works in private practice and lectures in the counselling department of Victoria University. Anna has previous experience as a counsellor in community mental health, a researcher in carer mental health, and advisor in government mental health policy. 


Anna has a keen interest in embodiment and has taught yoga for 10 years. She now follows Scaravelli-inspired yoga teaching which focusses on the process of engaging with embodied  experience as a way to deepen capacity for presence and attending to unfolding process. Anna values genuine dialogue, moment to moment awareness and a quiet sense of playfulness in creating the conditions that support clients to reconnect with a sense of choicefulness and vitality in their lives.

Noel Haarburger

BBSc, BEd(Counselling), AdvDipGestaltTherapy, ClinMGANZ, MAPS


Noel has been a faculty member and trainer at GTA (Gestalt Therapy Australia) since 2001, and works in full time private practice as a Psychologist, and Psychotherapist working with individuals and couples, as well as offering supervision to allied health professionals. He  also practices and teachers  Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, an innovative experiential approach to psychotherapy that  integrates the power  the horse human connection and the great outdoors.   

Noel has worked extensively in a wide variety of counselling and psychological services services since 1995, including most recently the role of Senior Psychologist at Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre for 4 years. Previous to this he has worked in family counselling, drug and alcohol, sexual assault, problematic gambling, men’s behavioural change programs, and the mental health fields.

Noel has a special interest in working with Trauma and Body Work, as well as integrating Buddhist psychology and non-dual spiritual approaches into his work. As a trained Somatic Experiencing Practitioner   he  offers 'somatic experiencing'  a highly effective body work method for negotiating and releasing trauma, originally developed by Peter Levine. Noel has also been a student of the 'Diamond Heart approach' since 2003, a western psycho-spiritual school that integrates mindfulness, western depth psychology, Sufism and Buddhist approaches to personal and spiritual development.


David Mutton

DipTeach., GradPsych., BTh(Hons), PostGradDipPsych, ClinMGANZ, PACFA (Reg), (AHPRA Psychologist).


David Mutton  is  a registered  psychologist and  psychotherapist  in private practise. He has worked with individuals, couples, groups and organizations in a counselling, supervision, coaching and consulting capacity for over 30  years with  experience in community,  hospital and palliative settings, industry environments (EAP)  and the corporate sector (Executive Coaching).  Dave completed his Gestalt training at the Gestalt Institute of Melbourne and subsequently at the Gestalt Training Center of San Diego (Erv and Miriam Polster).  He  has widely taught  Gestalt therapy theory and practice in Australia, Asia and Italy (Istituto Gestalt de Trieste)  and been involved in psychotherapy education in both the private and university sectors. In addition to Gestalt therapy Dave has a passionate interest in the variety of psychological and philosophical perspectives through which human experience may be understood and integrating these into consulting contexts.  He is currently enjoying the resurgence of interest in ‘mindfulness’ and meditation among practitioners and is engaged in working with and applying the Enneagram.  Dave served  for a number of years as a member of the GANZ Council and the GANZ ethics committee.


Sally Sant

MSW, B.Bus, PostGrad (IR), Adv Dip Gestalt Therapy, Cert Couns & Psychotherapy, ClinMGANZ, PACFA Reg

Sally has over 10 years experience in community health and currently works as Practice/Clinic Lead in the West of Melbourne. She also works in private practice with individuals and couples and offers clinical supervision to individuals and groups.  Sally’s counselling experience includes working with adolescents, adults and couples in areas including trauma, sexual abuse, substance abuse, family violence, anxiety & depression, family/relationship difficulties, grief and loss and self esteem.

Prior to counselling Sally worked as a rehabilitation consultant specialising in stress related work cover claims and provided mediation services.

Tom Trikojus

BA, AdvDipGestaltTherapy, ClinMGANZ, MSW

Tom is a psychotherapist, social worker and graduate of Gestalt Therapy Australia. He works in private practice in the western suburbs of Melbourne, offering psychotherapy, counselling and supervision. He has previously worked in community health counselling, community mental health, disability, respite services and community development. His clinical experience includes trauma, depression, anxiety, sexual abuse, family violence, addiction, cross cultural practice, grief, self esteem and life transition issues. He has a particular interest in the learning potential of groups for training and therapy. He is committed to developing and facilitating learning environments for psychotherapy students that offer a dynamic balance of support and challenge. He is a student of the Diamond Approach, which is an integration of spiritual and psychological traditions.

Fred Rossi

BSc, PostGradDipPsych, Dip (FamTher), GradDipSoc (GestTher), ClinM, AAFT, ClinM.GANZ, AHPRA (Psychologist)

Fred is a psychologist and psychotherapist whom has worked in a variety of clinical mental-health settings. Most recently he was employed as the manager and senior clinician of NCOT Austin CAMHS where he worked with children, adolescents and families. In the past he has also worked in community mental health settings, and areas of homelessness and intellectual disability. This included the Richmond Fellowship Victoria (now MIND) where he co-established and managed Yandina, a therapeutic and residential community. Fred also co-ordinated the Richmond Fellowship Training Program which provided training and professional development to all staff within the service.

Fred completed his gestalt training at the Gestalt Institute of Melbourne/Swinburne University and was a member of the teaching faculty there before joining GTA in 2003. Over several years, he has developed and taught the Mental Health: Assessment, Diagnosis & Practice Module – which introduces participants to the field of general psychiatry and integrates gestalt therapy practices into this realm. Fred’s professional interests lie in integrating gestalt alongside other therapeutic models and within an epistemological framework.
Fred runs a private practice where he primarily works with adults and couples, and facilitates adult therapy groups. He also works as a psychologist at Merri Health as part of their ATAPS program.

Antonia Burke

Lead Faciliator We Al-Li / Guest Faculty & Consultant to GTA

Antonia Burke is a Tiwi – Yanyuwa woman from the Northern Territory and grew up in Darwin and the remote community, Pirlangimpi, on the Tiwi Islands. She has a strong commitment to and connection with cultural protocols when travelling to diverse Aboriginal communities across Australia. She has extensive experience in working at all levels, from the Premier’s Advisory Committee, and at community level engagement. She has served on the Queensland Domestic and Family Violence Implementation Council Advisory Group with Dame Quentin Bryce AD, CVO, as Chair, providing advice on outreach, response and community engagement, working to create and implement long term sustainable programs, more particularly for families and women residing in rural and remote regions.

Antonia provided educational programs on youth suicide prevention in South East Queensland, as well as providing advice on healing work with diversionary programs in Youth Justice. She has facilitated personal growth, empowerment, leadership and awareness programs, which influenced her to work with organisations to encourage staffing self-care practices across the organisation. She also delivered federally funded National Health Promotion programs, at the community level. Her interest in the use of Indigenous Cultural Practices, which is at the foundation of all her work, has influenced her community activities, as well as the delivery of speaking engagements in schools around Valuing Culture.

Antonia is the founder of maiala Young Women’s Empowerment Program focussing on leadership and economic development with young Indigenous women in remote areas. She also co-founded the Breaking Limits healing, empowerment and personal growth framework. She has also been a volunteer of Yalari for 10 years working with Indigenous students from remote locations who are in boarding schools nationally.At this time in her life, she has a clear focus on healing healers and empowering leaders to feel the full potential of their leadership capacity, and how to maintain their strength long term. She supports leaders to be able to hold the trauma stories for the other(s), so they can chart their own healing and recovery processes, in other words building their own internal resilience. Antonia is a mentor and takes great pride in the work she does with young women’s empowerment programs.​

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Tony Jackson

BTheol, BA (Psych), GradDipCouns, AdvDipGestaltTherapy, MGANZ


Tony is the Managing Director of the Gestalt Centre.  He first joined the management team of Gestalt Therapy Australia 2011, becoming the sole director in 2018.  Tony has a passion for gestalt theory and practice and was instrumental in bringing the ConnectGround Clinic into being in 2014.  The clinic is a place to put theory into action, providing practical opportunities for relational practice. The clinic has a vital contribution to make to the broader mental health and wellness field.


As the leader of the Gestalt Centre, Tony aims to support the community of practice around gestalt theory locally and nationally. He is particularly interested in supporting a new generation of leaders (teachers, thinkers & writers) who will take up the challenge of growing and sustaining this the gestalt community. He offers supervision services to other psychotherapists.  As a trainer of undergraduate counsellors and gestalt psychotherapists for over ten years, Tony has focused much of his career on creating learning environments that support the early stages of the journey to become a therapist. 


Tony is also a psychotherapist in private practice and works with individuals, couples, and groups. He also offers supervision. As a trainer of undergraduate counsellors and gestalt psychotherapists for over ten years, Tony has spent most of this part of his career focused on creating learning environments that support the early stages of the journey to become a therapist. He has a passion for gestalt theory, and its ongoing development, as a source of inspiration for responsive, ethical, heartfelt and holistic psychotherapy.

As a psychotherapist, Tony works with individuals who come from diverse backgrounds and needs. He is interested in exploring with them the ways that they understand themselves as always contextual, and how attending to the client’s interactions and relational patterns can support them in developing a greater sense of vitality and choice in life.

Katrina Coghlan


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Jeff Hood

BPA, BSc(Psych), GradDipCouns., DipEd, DTS, DipMin., MA, ClinMGANZ

Jeff has over 30 years experience as a Psychologist and Psychotherapist, and currently works in private practice. He commenced training in Gestalt therapy in 1980 at the Gestalt Institute of Melbourne. Jeff is currently studying for his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Performance Studies at Monash University. Until recently, he taught in the Centre for Drama and Theatre Studies and in the Faculty of Medicine at Monash University. Jeff is a former and founding member of the Teaching Faculty of Gestalt Therapy Australia.

Linsey Howie

DipOT, BA, MA, PhD, ClinMGANZ is an accredited occupational therapist (AccOT) and graduate of the Gestalt Institute of Melbourne

​Linsey is a recently retired Associate Professor and Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Health Sciences at La Trobe University where she was the Head of the School of Occupational Therapy. She coordinated the Master of Gestalt Therapy offered through the Faculty of Health Sciences, La Trobe University and supervises honours, masters and PhD research projects. Linsey is a member of the editorial board of the Gestalt Journal of Australia and New Zealand and is keen to support the dissemination of students’ research projects. She has a particular interest in group work and facilitates an experiential unit for 4th year undergraduate and Masters Students on group theory and practice at La Trobe University.

Gabe Phillips

DipTeach, BEd, BA, GradDipAppliedPsych, MPsych, PhD, FMGANZ, MAPS

Gabe works in his private practice, Lifespace Consulting. His psychotherapeutic practice is informed by Gestalt, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic and Diamond Approach ideas and practices. Gabe has a particular interest in working with same-sex attracted people to develop happy intimate relationships, accepting confident identities and better mental health outcomes.


Gabe is a co-founder and former Managing Director of Gestalt Therapy Australia (GTA 1995-2009). He is on the Editorial Board of the British Gestalt Journal and is an elected Fellow Member of GANZ. Gabe served on the GANZ Council from its inception in 1998 until 2010 in positions including Chair of GANZ Training Standards, Chair of Liaison and Community Development, Chair of the Directors of Training and Convenor and Co-Convenor of the 5th and 7th GANZ International Conferences.


Gabe is an ongoing student of the Diamond Approach to Self-Realisation (A.H. Almaas) since 2000 and is engaged with integrating psychological and spiritual perspectives of reality into his understanding of human experience and psychotherapeutic practice.

Claire Taubert

BSc, BBSc, BEd(Counselling), ClinMGANZ, MAPS

Claire is Co-founder and former Director of Gestalt Therapy Australia. She has been involved in the Gestalt community as a student, trainer, therapist, supervisor and member of the GANZ council for over 20 years. She was originally trained in Melbourne and San Diego and has furthered her interests in relational Gestalt with ongoing training with the Pacific Gestalt Institute (USA). Claire has a private practice in Melbourne and Ballarat where she works as a relationally orientated psychotherapist.  She also works as a consultant to various community and mental health organisations facilitating groups and providing coaching and support to managers. Claire is interested by how early relational experience manifests as enduring character styles in adulthood. Her interest in developmental processes extends to the therapeutic process, how groups develop and function as an entity and the process of training therapists.

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