FOR PSYCHOTHERAPY AND TRAINING

THE GESTALT CENTER

CONTINUING ED WORKSHOP PRESENTER BIO'S

Nancy Andino, LCSW


Nancy Andino is the lead therapist at Tailored for Change TM, LLC. She is a Licensed Clinical Social worker in the states of NY and NJ and has been in the Mental health field for 20 years, providing Individual Psychotherapy services along with Workshops, Groups and Family therapy. She is a certified Gestalt therapist, certified EMDR provider, certified Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor, and a Certified Daring Way Facilitator-Clinician (CDWF-C). 

With this professional background, Nancy helps people improve their mental health, learn how to cope with symptoms of mental illness, improve their romantic, familial, social and professional relationships. She assists and guides clients to live the authentic lives they seek as they face day to day challenges. Her experience and professional growth are guided by listening to the feedback and input of the experts, the Clients.


Steve Ausbury, LP Candidate

Steven Ausbury is a candidate for the NYS license in psychoanalysis and an artist. He has an MFA in Visual Art from the University of California, San Diego and did his post-graduate training at the Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training and Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy.  His areas of expertise include addiction, anxiety, couples, and groups. He currently sees clients who exhibit compulsive sexual behavior at New York Pathways in New York City. Steve presented and produced the participatory, gestalt opera Biospheria at the AAGT-EAGT conference in Taormina, Sicily in 2016 and has been invited to present at AAGT 2020 in Ireland. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and daughter.


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 certified in Integral Somatic Psychotherapy (a master training in body psychotherapy), yoga therapy, and is a long-term student of various 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, LCSW, LMT has been practicing Gestalt therapy for 40 years.  She is also a feminine power leadership coach, supervisor, 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 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.


Sara Hendrick


Sara Hendrick lives in Antwerp, Belgium with her husband and three kids. She graduated as a Social Worker, and her roots are in youth work and education. Sara was trained in Gestalt Therapy at IVC, the Flemish Gestalt Institute, where she now is a faculty member and gives trainings and coachings in companies.  Sara’s areas of expertise include: constellation work, group dynamics, generational poverty, leadership and communication. 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, Supervisor and Gestalt Practitioner in Organizations.

Silvio Oliva


Silvio is a psychologist and psychotherapist trained at the Gestalt Institute of Florence, where he is a professor and lecturer. He also works as a trainer 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 lectures on character based on the enneagram model. Silvio organizes and leads family constellations groups, both privately and in collaboration with the 5th district of Florence, and organizes and conducts psychological listening at lower and upper secondary schools. He is a private practice therapist who works with both individual and groups. He collaborates with, and writes for various online publications. An expert in neuropsychology, Silvio has conducted important research entitled "Categorical Recognition and Prefrontal Cortex: a TMS study". 


Marla Silverman, Ph.D. 

Marla Silverman, Ph.D. 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 3 DVD set of principles and practices, as well as demonstration sessions. 


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) and 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.​

Lee Zevy, LCSW 


After Lee received her Master’s in Social Work and obtained her License in Clinical Social Work, she trained at the NYIGT and studied DBT with Marcia Linahan. After DBT training, she ran a group with a supervising  psychiatrist. After many years, Lee adapted DBT to work with individual clients, specifically those with trauma and substance abuse. Lee has written and taught on the uses of DBT in psychotherapy.