Vivien Wolsk, Ph.D.

​Dean Emerita

Former executive director of the Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training, Vivien is a clinical psychologist with over thirty years of practice as a psychotherapist, teacher and supervisor.  She has been on faculty since 1983. Vivien regularly leads her "Shape Up Your Psyche" workshops in NYC, reaching out to the fire and police departments as well as health professionals and the general public. She is a frequent contributor to magazines and newspapers as well as making media appearances, and is working on a Shape Up Your Psyche book as well as a children's emotional fitness musical CD.

Elinor Greenberg, Ph.D., CPG

Elinor lectures and writes extensively on borderline, narcissistic and schizoid disorders. She received her doctorate in psychology from The New School in 1979 and has been a practicing gestalt therapist for over thirty years. Every seven to ten years, Elinor retrains in another form of psychotherapy and integrates it with her knowledge of Gestalt therapy theory and practice.  She is a certified Ericksonian hypnotherapist; she is in the National Registry for Certified Group Psychotherapists and she is a graduate of and former faculty member of The Masterson Institute where she taught and supervised students in a psychoanalytically oriented object relations approach to the theory and treatment of personality disorders. Elinor has been studying kabalistic tarot and the Western mystical tradition for the past ten years and is at present working on integrating spirituality into her practice of psychotherapy. She is a psychology consultant to The Tarot School and is on the editorial board of Gestalt Review. Elinor can be reached on (212) 580-9258 or at and you can visit her website at:


Joseph Barbuto, M.D.

Joseph trained as a Gestalt therapist with Marilyn Rosanes-Berrett prior to medical school and presently serves as the Gestalt Center's medical director. He is an associate professor of psychiatry at Cornell University, an attending psychiatrist at New York Presbyterian Hospital and a consultant at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Barbuto may be reached on (212) 724-7366.

Kenneth Meyer, Ph.D. 

​Academic Director Emeritus

Ken has served the Center as faculty, executive committee member, board president and Academic Director.  In the past, he has been the Training Director of the Gestalt Center of Long Island, which he co-founded, and the president of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy, the original institute founded by Fritz and Laura Perls.  He is a frequent presenter at regional and international conferences and his writings have appeared in the Gestalt Review and in recent anthologies. His email is

Marilyn Varsa, LMHC
Referral Service/Treatment Center Director

Marilyn is a psychotherapist in private practice on Mahattan's Upper East Side. For 23 years she concurrently treated a diverse population as an on-site therapist at Goddard Riverside Community Center.
A graduate of the Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training, Marilyn has expanded her therapeutic approach through ongoing work in Body-Centered Gestalt Therapy with the Hartford Family Institute.
Marilyn can be reached on (212) 861-1168 or at

Marla Silverman, Ph.D

Marla is a psychologist with a private psychotherapy and supervision practice in NYC and Rockland county, and is former Director of Training at the Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training.  She has worked with couples and individuals for over 40 years, and offers courses and supervision in the art of couples work. Marla can be reached at (845) 623-0807 (daily) and at (212) 580- 8419 (Wednesdays).  For more information visit her website at


Kathryn Grooms, LCSW

​Kathryn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with fifteen years of experience working with issues of substance abuse, mood disorders, anxiety, sexuality, gender and trauma. Kathryn has a private psychotherapy practice serving individuals and couples. To her clinical work, Kathryn brings an extensive history of work with the women's and LGBT communities in areas of HIV prevention and education, music and performance production and business management. She holds the degrees of Masters in Social Services and a Master in Law and Social Policy (MLSP) from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She received her advanced training as a therapist from the Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training. Kathyrn can be reached at or (347) 752-1157. For more information visit her website at

Lenore Migdal, Ph.D.
Advisement Director

Lenore is a NY State licensed psychologist in private practice who obtained her Doctorate in Psychology from New York University in 1974. She also graduated from the New York University Post Doctoral Training Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in 1981 while working as the Director of Mental Health at a Community Health Center. After many years in private practice Lenore trained as a Gestalt therapist, graduating from the the Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training in 1999 and was asked to join the faculty. Lenore is also trained to teach self hypnosis and runs parenting workshops and Healing-Through-Writing workshops. She took The Loving Relationship Training and works with all ages, individuals, couples, adolescents and their families. Lenore can be reached at or on (212) 865-4102.

Rick Manista, PsyD, MA, EdM

Assistant Clinical Director, Quality Assurance Coordinator

Rick earned his bachelors in psychology at Fordham University, his masters and educational masters at Columbia University and his doctorate at California Southern University. He completed his post graduate training at the Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training. He is a certified crisis intervention instructor, an approved clinical supervisor, and certified Social Thinking level 1A clinician. 

After working in private special education schools, Rick works in private practice specializing in children and adults with language-based disabilities, high functioning autism, anxiety and social difficulties. He has presented workshops to teachers, parents and medical professionals on anxiety, social skills, conflict resolution and therapeutic techniques.  

Hiro Yasuda, LCSW
Director of Training, Member Executive Committee

Hiro Yasuda is a psychotherapist in private practice who works with couples and adult individuals. He specializes in providing culturally sensitive psychotherapy and is interested in how larger contexts affect the  meanings of each client's existence. He has witnessed firsthand how people develop their capacity to give and receive love through his many years of working with marginalized children and families. He feels privileged to be a part of his clients'  journeys whereby they come to their own vulnerability and resilience. Hiro can be reached at (917) 405-0616 or at For more information visit his website at




Matthew Whaley, LCSW-R

Matthew Whaley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in New York City and at the Jersey shore – working with issues of trauma, anxiety, mood disorders, sexual diversity, and recovery (including sexual addiction & compulsion). He is a Qualified Gestalt Therapist trained at the Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training. Pursuit of integration of Body and Spirit first led him to study with One Spirit Learning Alliance and become an Ordained Interfaith Minister. Subsequently, he became a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and teaching assistant for the Somatic Experiencing Institute (with a certificate in Somatic Touch in trauma resolution). He continues to study new modalities in body-oriented psychotherapy. Matthew can be reached on 646-234-6515 or at

Nikki Smith, Office Manger

Nikki's background runs the gamut of various retail and social justice experiences.  She has worked for numerous retail providers as a back of house manager where she exemplifies operations efficiency through leadership and collaboration. She has always been a driven and motivated problem solver.

Nikki is pursuing a Masters degree in Social Work and has devoted her spare time to volunteering at Identity House, a non-profit organization where she provides peer counseling for the LGBTQ+ community, runs support groups and has held multiple administrative positions.  She was elected Executive Director of Identity House in 2017.


Janice Juwayriah Hassan, L.C.S.W.-R., B.C.D.

Janice Hassan is a Certified Gestalt Psychotherapist, a Staff Management Coach and Training consultant with over twenty years of progressive experience in child welfare in the areas of direct care, supervision, management and executive leadership.  Prior to the establishment of her private psychotherapy and Consulting firm (J. Hassan Consulting, LLC.) in 2005, Ms. Hassan worked as a Human Services Executive with a number of public service organizations throughout the city of New York. She was employed with Children's Services as an Assistant Deputy Commissioner from 1995-1997. While in this position, she was responsible for the Day to day operations of the Foster Care-Family Permanency Division and successfully spearheaded the city’s SSPS initiative for the Division which resulted in substantial revenue gains for the agency. Ms. Hassan was also appointed to the position of Vice President at Graham Windham Services for Children and Families where she was in charge of the agency’s Community Based Programs from 1997- 2005.  She has taught as an Adjunct Professor at New York University School of Social Work and is currently on staff as an Adjunct Professor at the Hunter College School of Social Work.

Janice maintains her Psychotherapy, Training and Consulting Practice in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn. She works with individuals, couples and groups with a specialization in Women’s Issues and Trauma. She can be reached at 718-622-4192 for psychotherapy, consultations and training.

Shelley Orren-King, LCSW-R
Clinical Director, Executive Committee Member

Shelley is former Executive Director of The Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training and a psychotherapist in private practice working with individuals, couples and groups. She has expertise in working with women survivors of abuse, neglect and trauma and is the founder of W.I.S.H. (Women in Search of Healing). Her dedication to supporting mental health practitioners in practice building and wellness programs is evident in her private supervision, her workshop programs and consultations with community-based agencies, hospitals and schools. She has advanced training in EMDR and Internal Family Systems (IFS) work.  Shelley can be reached on (646) 831-5272 or at

Naaz Hosseini, MA, LP

Naaz is a NYS Licensed Psychoanalyst, Qualified Gestalt Therapist and Voice Empowerment Coach with a private practice in Nyack, NY. She is currently faculty and supervisor at the Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training and Columbia University Teachers College. Her areas of specialty include anxiety, self-esteem, personal growth, creativity, voice empowerment, and relationships. She offers Powerful Presence Coaching to help entrepreneurial and corporate women step into their vocal power and command the attention and respect they deserve. Naaz can be reached on (845) 353-1974 or at Or visit her website at


Michael O'Brien, LP
Alumni & Outreach Coordinator

Michael is a licensed psychoanalyst with almost twenty years of experience working with individuals and couples and supervising therapists. A graduate of the Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy (GAP), he also graduated from programs in Wilhelm Reich's Orgonomy, Arthur Janov's Primal therapy and Peter Levine's trauma model, Somatic Experience (SE). He integrates his experience with expressive body-oriented therapy, Adult-Child issues, 12 Step work, as well as meditation and Spirituality into the Gestalt framework. Michael can be reached at or on (212) 254-7700.

Rosary Immordino, MA, LP, C.P.M.
LP Program Director, Web Manager, Continuing Ed Manager

Rosary is former Executive Director of the Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training, and a NYS Licensed Psychoanalyst. She has a masters degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University Teacher's 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. Areas of specialty are self-esteem, workplace issues, couples, OCD, bereavement, including pet bereavement support. As faculty, Rosary combines her  passion for teaching with her love of gestalt therapy. She can be reached on at 

M'Lou Caring, Ph.D.

M'Lou brings her ongoing search to meet the present moment with awareness and compassion to her practice and teaching of Gestalt therapy and theory. She is a licensed psychologist and a full member of the NYIGT. Her therapy and supervision practice, begun in 1973, is informed by years of exploring meditation, bodywork, improvisational dance, and consciousness/sub-consciousness in healing. M'Lou can be reached on (212) 807-9613.

Daniel Tisman, LCSW

Daniel is a New York state licensed  psychotherapist in private practice in Manhattan and Williamsburgh, Brooklyn. He has been a long time student of yoga and Vipassana meditation and comes to his practice with a 15-year background in theatre and the dramatic arts. He received his clinical training from the Hunter School of Social Work where he was honored with the Phyllis Caroff Award for Outstanding Clinical Social Worker. He received his post-graduate training at the Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training. Daniel was the Expressive Arts coordinator at the Youth Counseling League at JBFCS.  He works with individuals and couples and has a particular passion for working with adolescents. Daniel can be reached on (917) 848-5474 or at For more information visit his website at