Faculty and Trainers

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Adjunct Faculty:

Dan Bloom, JD, LCSW, practices psychotherapy in New York City. He is a fellow of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy, a full member of the European Association for Gestalt Therapy, past-president of the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy and past president of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy.

Michael Vincent Miller, PhD., is the co-founder of Boston Gestalt Institute, practices in New York City and teaches in various countries throughout the world. Michael’s articles and reviews have appeared in many journals and magazines. He is the author of three books: Intimate Terrorism, (eight languages); Teaching a Paranoid to Flirt; and most recently, A Gestalt Testament.


Certified DSP Trainer and Supervisor:

Jennifer Bury, CMT, is a Certified Movement Therapist and certified trainer in Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy. She co-facilitates an advanced Gestalt study group, combining her background in medicine, kinesiology, and somatics into her Gestalt practice. Based in San Francisco, Jennifer has been in private practice for 30+ years teaching, supervising, and presenting across the United States, Europe and Asia.

Billy Desmond, MSc, MBA, UKCP, ECP, is a gestalt psychotherapist, supervisor and embodied practitioner researcher with a particular interest in groups. He is a visiting guest faculty at Metanoia Institute, Gestalt Centre London and Ashridge Business School amongst others, and works between the UK and Ireland. He has co-authored a book: Introduction to Gestalt and has published chapters, journal papers and articles.

Caroline Greenwood Dower, has twenty years as an Integrative and CAT Psychotherapist, and trained in DSP with Ruella Frank in 2010-12. Caroline’s work included an NHS Consultant Psychotherapist position in Gastroenterology and Mental Health Services at Durham University, UK. Drawing from her extensive background with young adults, Caroline now undertakes PhD research at Durham University on the experience of anxiety in this population, and from a movement-oriented perspective.

Karen Ginsburg, LCSW, LMT, practices Somatic psychotherapy in Philadelphia and New York City. She is on the faculty of the Gestalt Training Institute of Philadelphia and holds certificates in Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy, and Gestalt Therapy. She has also completed training in Somatic Experiencing. She was a licensed massage therapist for over a decade and integrates her background in bodywork and the performing arts into her work as a therapist and trainer.

Miguel Islas, BA, LPC, practices gestalt psychotherapy in Mexico City. He is a faculty member, trainer and supervisor in the Gestalt Program at the Humanistic Institute of Gestalt Psychotherapy (Mexico). Miguel is certified in Body-Mind Movement (Mexico) and Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy (NYC).

Helena Kallner, MA, MSc, UKCP reg. Psychotherapist, practices Gestalt psychotherapy in Stockholm. Helena, a Senior Teacher of Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy, presents workshops throughout Europe and Russia. She is presently a doctoral student at Metanoia Institute/ Middlesex University, researching psychotherapists use of movement and Kinesthetic Resonance.

Ruth Nightingale is a UKCP Registered Gestalt Psychotherapist and Certified trainer in DSP. She is an Academic Lecturer on the Gestalt programme at Metanoia Institute in London and has a supervisory and psychotherapy practice. Her passion in all of her roles is inspiring others through movement, helping them remember what they were taught to forget.

Jacek (Jack) Panster, M.A. cert. EAGT, is a gestalt psychotherapist, an integrative bodywork and movement practitioner (IBMT), a DSP trainer and supervisor, and a gestalt teacher with interest in embodied critical inquiry. In his practice with individuals and groups, Jacek espouses radical relationality, integrating embodiment practices, transpersonal relating and nature-based explorations.

David Picó, PhD, psychologist and Doctor in Computer Science, is an EAGT-accredited Gestalt therapist practicing in Valencia, Spain. He is a faculty member of Centre Gestalt Valencia and keeps an active online practice as a therapist, supervisor and teacher. He is a musician and he is particularly interested in expression and movement.

Severine Pluvinage, MBA, ECP, practices Gestalt therapy in Paris with individuals and groups, and in Bordeaux as a pedagogical team member at Institut Francais de Gestalt-Thérapie. She regularly publishes articles in the French Gestalt journal.

Rezeda Popova, PhD, is a gestalt therapist, supervisor, clinical and developmental psychologist, member of EAGT. She is the head of the Volga Region Institute of GT and assistant professor at the Kazan State University.  She has been organizing international training programs and editing the Russian translations of gestalt therapy books.