Gabriela den Hollander – Gestalt Therapist
BSSc(SW) Grad.Dip.G.T. GANZ Member, PACFA Member
Services Available at Hamilton Chiropractic Clinic, Newcastle;
3. Professional supervision
People come to therapy when they are feeling stuck, wounded, confused, or finding life unsatisfying in some way. It is the therapist’s job to work with each individual to understand their difficulties and discover how these get in the way of healing, recovery and satisfaction in the present moment.
Gestalt therapy is an approach to living that values awareness, or mindfulness. It supports creative choice, encouraging self responsibility in a person’s efforts to solve problems and achieve fulfillment. From a gestalt therapy perspective, all aspects of a person’s experience and environment are worthy of attention; the physical, social, psychological, intellectual, spiritual and emotional.
Each person and therapy is unique. When therapy begins, client and therapist together assess whether they can establish a relationship where clear, open communication is possible. After that, the time required for the therapy varies depending on each person’s individual needs.
Gabriela has a degree in Social Science, a Graduate Diploma in Gestalt Therapy and has trained in family systems theory, narrative therapy, gestalt therapy (in Australia and Europe) and dialectical behaviour therapy. She has worked with youth in residential care, as a mediator with the Community Justice Centre, and as a social welfare teacher at TAFE and university. She also continues to work part time with families in a Family Support agency, providing casework, case management, groupwork and supervision, as well as developing community projects. Her latest project has been to establish a dialectical behaviour therapy group program, in conjunction with other agencies, to address the needs of mothers with young children.
Gabriela is a member of the professional organisation Gestalt Australia & New Zealand Inc. (ganz.org.au) and the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia. She has also been a practitioner of aikido since 1986.