Julia Sears, LCSW

For the past 20 years the Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training has guided my therapeutic practice, while providing me an elegant scaffold on which to build my own personal growth. The Center is a supportive and dynamic community and I have been fortunate to be welcomed here for these many years, through its evolution and mine.



Hiro Yasuda, LCSW
Director of Training  

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 hiroyasudalcsw@gmail.com. For more information visit his website at www.HiroYasuda.com.

Ayana Rush, MA
Executive Director

Ayana holds a masters degree in Public Administration and is a Licensed Certified Human Services Practitioner.  She has served as Executive Director of of the managed care Division of Catholic Charities Brooklyn-Queens and has held management positions in multiple human services organizations.  Ayana is an Adjunct Professor at Touro College, Metropolitan College of NY and Mildred Elley College. She is the founder of Strictly Serious Women, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to educating, empowering and enhancing the lives of women in New York City through entrepreneurial initiatives.  

Francesca Baslow, MA, LCAT

Francesca is an alum of the Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training. She has been a practicing Gestalt psychotherapist for ten years and has offices in the Union Square area of NYC as well as in Nyack, NY. Gestalt psychotherapy, and especially the Gestalt Center, has been an incredible gift that holds the structure, grounding and energy that enables Francesca to create the easeful environment for change that her clients rely upon. Gestalt psychotherapy is her vocation. She is raising two teenage girls and two bunnies.

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 michaelobrien@gestaltnyc.org or on (212) 254-7700.

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 mvarsa@aol.com.

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 www.marlasilverman.com.


Kathryn Grooms, LCSW
Executive Director, Clinical Director​

​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 Kathryn@kathryngrooms.com or (347) 752-1157. For more information visit her website at www.kathryngrooms.com.



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 leni245@aol.com or on (212) 865-4102.

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.

Harold Tarr, Office Manger

Harold, a native of California, comes to the Gestalt Center, following a long career as a marketing executive and administrator. Retiring from Aetna, Inc. in 2005, he formed a consulting firm in New York and also has made a substantial commitment to volunteering in various charities and non-profits. For the past several years he has been actively involved as a volunteer with Identity House, serving as a peer counselor and holding a number of elected and appointed positions on their steering committee. Harold's first job, after UCLA, was as a social worker, specializing in adult services. In this position he worked with clients who suffered from long-term disabilities and age-related problems that placed them in a priority needs category. That early experience, allowed him to realize his profound interest in helping people.

Kenneth Meyer, Ph.D. 

Ken is currently the President of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy, the original institute founded by Fritz and Laura Perls in 1952. He has served as the Academic Director of the Gestalt Center and the Director of Training of the Long Island Gestalt Center, which he co-founded. He is a licensed psychologist with a
 practice in Greenwich Village and Orange County, NY. A regular presenter at local, regional and international conferences, his writings have appeared in the Gestalt Review and several anthologies. A more complete profile can be seen at Psychology Today and he can be reached on (646) 504-0719.

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 danieltismanlcsw@gmail.com. For more information visit his website at www.becomingpresent.com.

Shelley Orren-King, LCSW-R
Internship Coordinator

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 ShelleyOrren-King@gestaltnyc.org.

Rosary Immordino, MA, LP
LP Program Director, Web Manager, Continuing Ed Manager, Conference Coordinator

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 skill and passion for training with her love of gestalt therapy. She can be reached on (718) 507-6843 or at rosaryzap@aol.com


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 elinorg@mac.com and you can visit her website at: www.elinorgreenberg.com.




Vivien Wolsk, Ph.D.

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.

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 naaz@naazhosseini.com. Or visit her website at naazhosseini.com.

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.

Matthew Whaley, LCSW-R
Workshop Coordinator

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 eMatthewWhaley@yahoo.com.