FOR PSYCHOTHERAPY AND TRAINING

THE GESTALT CENTER

CONTINUING ED WORKSHOP PRESENTER BIO'S

Ricki Bernstein, LCSW


Ricki Bernstein is a clinical social worker, consultant and trainer who specializes in trauma treatment. Trained in EMDR, Brainspotting, SE, Focusing, AEDP and classical homeopathy, Ricki brings a wide angle lens to her work. Over the last 5 years she has trained hundreds of psychotherapists in Somatic intervention. Her latest project is an actual toolkit for Acute Stress Response: Sense your Self. The kit will be available to therapists and the general public in the fall of 2019.


Michael Brennan-Cotayo, LCSW-R


Michael Cotayo is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received a Master’s in Social Work from New York University in 2000. A majority of his post-master’s career has been spent working within the HIV/AIDS community as a social worker, advocate, community organizer, counselor and administrator. Through his work with this population he has learned to hone his skills in working with Axis II disorders, learning to normalize their experience, working from a very centered and grounded place.


Sil Si-Wei Chen, MA, LCSW-R


Sil Si-Wei Chen, MA, LCSW-R is a psychotherapist and emotional wellness coach who maintains an LGBTQ-affirmative and culturally-responsive psychotherapy private practice in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and provides emotional wellness coaching nationally and internationally. Being a gender nonconforming queer, a photographer, and a transplant from Taiwan, she primarily works with creatives and engineers in the Asian-American and LGBTQ+ communities. She is a certified Gestalt therapist who regularly incorporates Buddhist psychology and mindfulness in her work with clients. In addition to her clinical work, she has spoken on panels and lectured to MSW graduate students, resident psychiatrists, and social work interns on LGBTQ-affirmative therapy and clinical practice with Chinese Americans. Outside of academia, she has been interviewed by World Journal and The China Press to address mental health issues in the Chinese-American and LGBTQ+ communities. To find out more about Sil and her practice, please visit silchentherapy.com.


Judy Choix, LMHC


Judy Choix is a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) trained in Gestalt and body psychotherapy. She is the founder of the Full Gestalt. Believing that the body holds the wisdom to heal itself, her practice combines talk therapy with various forms of energy work to facilitate awareness around malfunctioning energy patterns both in the body and in the mind. Judy is also a certified in Integral Somatic Psychotherapy (a master training in body psychotherapy), yoga therapy, and is a long-term student of varies hands on healing modalities such as Reiki, Polarity Therapy and Cranial Sacral Therapy. Her work integrates body, mind, and Spirit reconnecting disenfranchised parts with the whole so individuals can live fuller more authentic lives.


Gail Feinstein, LCSW  

Gail Feinstein is a somatically-based gestalt therapist and feminine power coach.  She has been doing Women’s Work for over 30 years.  She is committed to the process of awakening and liberating women into their power and radiance by connecting to their deep knowing and wisdom.  She believes that all life will benefit when women come to love their bodies and live from their authenticity.


Iris Fodor, P.h. D.


Iris Fodor is a Clinical Psychologist.  She is also Professor Emerita in the Department of Applied Psychology at New York University where she has taught for over 40 years, and was director of Ph.D. and Psy.D. programs in School Psychology. In addition she taught courses in Cognitive Therapy and Gestalt Therapy to graduate students at NYU.  She is associate Editor of Gestalt Review, and has authored numerous publications on Cognitive Therapy, Gestalt Therapy and Integrative Therapy.


Kathryn Grooms, LCSW-R


Kathryn Grooms is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over twenty years experience working with issues of substance abuse, mood disorders, anxiety, sexuality, gender and trauma.  She is also a faculty member at the Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training. Kathryn is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator and is Certified in EMDR.  She blends her training in Gestalt Psychotherapy, Daring Way™, EMDR and Harm Reduction to most effectively work with and empower clients. Kathryn is the owner and Founder of Kathryn Grooms Psychotherapy where she supervises her passionate staff to help clients navigate each unique journey of self-discovery and emotional healing.


Sara Hendrick


Sara Hendrick lives in Antwerp, Belgium, with her husband and her three children. She graduated as a Social Worker with her roots in youth work and education. Sara was trained in Gestalt Therapy at IVC, the Flemish Gestalt Institute, where she now is a staff member in gestalt training, as well as giving trainings and coaching for companies.  Sara’s areas of expertise include: constellations, group dynamics, generational poverty, leadership and communication. In addition to her private practice, she teaches Psychology. Sara has studied constellation work with Interakt, Phoenix, Frank Van Mierlo, Ingrid Dykstra and Franz Ruppert. She is accredited by NVAGT and EAGT as a Gestalt Therapist and Gestalt Practitioner in Organizations.​

Naaz Hosseini, MA, LP

Naaz Hosseini is a NYS Licensed Psychoanalyst with a private psychotherapy and supervision practice in Nyack, New York, working with individuals, couples, and groups. She is former Referral Director at the Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training, and Supervisor at the Columbia Teachers College Department of Counseling and Psychology. She offers courses and training in voice attunement for therapists. Naaz developed PowerfulPresence® Coaching to train entrepreneurs and other professionals to own their voices and communicate with confidence, clarity, and ease. ​


Rosary Immordino, LP


Rosary Immordino is  a NYS Licensed Psychoanalyst and Director of the Licensed Psychoanalytic program at the Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training, where she formerly served as Executive Director.  She has a Masters degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University Teachers College and received her gestalt training at the Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training. She practices in Jackson Heights and Manhattan, where she works with individuals, couples and groups.  Rosary combines her  passion for teaching with her love of gestalt therapy.  She has not yet figured out how to add her love of cats to that mix but is working on it. She can be reached at rosaryzap@aol.com.

Jennifer Kaiser, LMHC, Ed.M.

Jennifer Kaiser is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York State and a Certified Gestalt Therapist. She received her graduate degree from Columbia University. She brings an experiential and mindfulness-based approach to psychotherapy. She offers workshops in mindfulness, and private practice consultation. For more information: jklmhc.com


Rick Manista, Ph. D.


Rick Manista achieved his undergraduate degree from Fordham University, his Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Columbia University, and his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from CalSouthern University. He is a certified Gestalt therapist, anti-bullying specialist, crisis intervention instructor and level 1A Social Thinking clinician. He currently works at the Banyan School where he specializes in working with children with language-based learning disabilities. He also has a private practice in New Jersey.​


Robert Mauksch, LCSW


Robert Mauksch is a licensed clinical social worker and gestalt therapist.  He has extensive experience working with race, gender, and sexuality, as well as a background in addiction, mental health treatment, and international media and policy research.  Robert has led workshops and courses on issues including group dynamics, leadership skills, social movements, and dialogue for cultural change.  In addition to his private practice, he is an adjunct instructor for the City University of New York (CUNY), and a clinical supervisor for numerous psychotherapists in private and public practice.  Learn more at his website:http://robertmauksch.com


Kenneth Meyer, Ph.D. 

Kenneth Meyer is Faculty at the Gestalt Center and has served as president of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy.  He has presented on this topic at international conferences and his writing appears in The Gestalt Review, The Italian Gestalt Journal, Continuity and Change: Gestalt Therapy Now and Self:  A Polyphony of Contemporary Gestalt Therapists.


Silvio Oliva


Silvio Oliva is a psychologist and psychotherapist trained at the Gestalt Institute of Florence, where he currently teaches and leads experiential groups.   He also teaches at the Miriam Polster Institute in Florence. At the School of Psychology at the University of Florence, he organizes and conducts experiential groups on various theoretical and experiential themes and theories. Silvio also organizes and leads Family Constellations groups both privately and in schools. In his private practice Silvio works with individuals and groups.  In addition, he collaborates with the online magazine, "Psychology and School", edited by Giunti, writes for the magazine "Training in Psychotherapy, Counseling, and Phenomenology", and for the site "psychologi.info".  An expert in neuropsychology, he is currently conducting research entitled "Categorical recognition and prefrontal cortex: a TMS study".​

Rachel Ravin, LCSW-R


Rachel Ravin is an LCSW with 24 years of experience in the field. Her post-graduate training is in Gestalt Therapy, Psychodrama, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, and EMDR. She has over 14 years of experience running groups and working with individuals who are recovering from addiction and trauma. Rachel has utilized gestalt chairwork in both group and individual settings to support clients in recognizing and respecting their various parts of self and bringing awareness, curiosity and self-compassion to their healing journeys.


Alan Schwartz, Ph.D., LCSW

Alan Schwartz has been teaching the Gestalt approach globally for more than 40 years.  He was trained by Laura Perls, Jim Simkin and others, as well as being trained in Bioenergetic Analysis by its founders, Lowen and Pierrakos.  He taught for more than 40 years on the faculty of Esalen Institute and at the university level for almost a half century as well as being in private practice.  He is a founding member of AAGT and a Full member of NYIGT.

Marla Silverman, Ph.D. 

Marla Silverman is a psychologist with over 40 years experience working with individuals and couples, teaching, supervising and training therapists. She is faculty and former Director of Training at the Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training. Her work is informed by Gestalt Therapy and Internal Family Systems, 52 years of marriage to the same man, and her own orientation toward the work and joy of helping couples keep it real. She has created “Keeping It Real – A Therapist’s Guide to Working With Couples,” a three-DVD set of principles and practices, as well as demonstration sessions. 


Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb, Ph.D.


Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb is the founder and director, since 1979, of the Istituto di Gestalt HCC, a post-graduate psychotherapy training institute in Italy (Syracuse, Palermo, Milan) recognized by the Italian Minister for the Universities. As an international trainer, she leads workshops in many countries and cooperates with many research groups internationally. She has published extensively, has edited the Italian journal Quaderni di Gestalt since 1985 and, in English, the Gestalt Therapy Book Series (www.gestaltitaly.com).  She is a founder and member of various gestalt therapy institutes.


Daniel Tisman, LCSW


Daniel Tisman is a New York State licensed psychotherapist in private practice in Manhattan and Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  He comes to his practice with a 15-year background in theatre and the dramatic arts. He received his clinical training from the Hunter College School of Social Work where he was honored with the Phyllis Carroff Award for Outstanding Clinical Social Worker. He received his post-graduate training at the Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training in New York City. He was the Expressive Arts coordinator at the Youth Counseling League at JBFCS.  Daniel works with individuals and couples and has a particular passion for working with adolescents.  
   

Christine Vargo, LCSW


Christine Vargo is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), a Certified Gestalt Therapist and a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator – Clinician. Through a present centered, experiential approach, Christine invites her clients to practice identifying and increasing their awareness of the patterns and defenses no longer serving them.  In doing this work, Christine believes that no one is broken, and everyone is worthy of love, belonging and the inherent human need for connection. Christine works with her clients to unravel the core beliefs that are no longer serving them and works to support clients in creating a new practice in living with clear boundaries, integrity, self-compassion, and gratitude. Christine maintains a private psychotherapy practice. More information is available at, https://christinevargo.com Christine is excited to work in collaboration with Kathryn in leading The Daring Way™ as engaging in this work has transformed her life in her own practice of living wholeheartedly.


Matthew Whaley, LCSW


Matthew Whaley LCSW is a psychotherapist in private practice in New York City and at the Jersey Shore - working with issues of trauma, anxiety, mood disorders, sexual diversity and recovery.  He is a Qualified Gestalt Therapist trained at the Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training (GCPT) aand is now on the faculty of the GCPT.  Matthew deepened and expanded his Gestalt approach to working with the body as an integral part of psychotherapy through becoming a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and a teaching assistant for the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute.  He continues to study new modalities in body-oriented psychotherapy.

Hiro Yasuda, LCSW-R

Hiro Yasuda is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York State, a Certified Financial Social Worker, and a Certified Gestalt Therapist.  As a psychotherapist in private practice he offers mindfulness-based therapy, supervision, shame and compassion workshops, and private practice consultation.  He specializes in providing culturally responsive and responsible psychotherapy and is interested in how our shame experience affects our capacity to give and receive love.  He is a faculty member and the Director of Training at the Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training.  For more information:  HiroYasuda.com​

​​Judith Beermann Zeligson


Judith is a Gestalt therapist, Supervisor, Somatic Experiencing®-practitioner, and Mindfulness instructor.  Her 40 years’ work in psychotherapy, supervision and training includes 5 years at a Child Guidance Clinic and 25 years as faculty at the Gestalt Academy of Scandinavia. In addition, she has worked addressing collective wounds by supervising at the Red Cross Centre for Rehabilitation of traumatized refugees, and managing projects for offspring and survivors of the Holocaust. She has Jewish roots and Buddhist wings


Lee Zevy, LCSW 


Lee Zevy has practiced Gestalt Therapy for 40 years, and was President of the NYIGT twice, as well as serving in other capacities. In 2001 she completed a certificate in Integral Coaching at New Ventures West to keep up with the evolving needs of the population. Besides working as a Psychotherapist she teaches, writes, supervises and presents at many conferences. Over the years of practice her work has evolved numerous times as a response to changes in the field of psychotherapy, and in the social and dynamic changes in the population.