Faculty at Illawarra Gestalt Centre

The teaching faculty at the Illawarra Gestalt Centre have worked in a wide variety of fields in applying counseling and psychotherapy. They bring this practical clinical experience to teaching and supervision and to living the philosophy of Gestalt therapy. There are also regular guest faculty and faculty-in-residence from overseas

Brian O’Neill is co-director of the Illawarra Gestalt Centre and visiting faculty member of Gestalt Training programs in Australia and the USA. He is past President of the Association for Advancement of Gestalt Therapy, Founding Editor of the Gestalt Therapy Forum (New York), a  board member of Gestalt Global, and on the editorial board of the Gestalt Review and Studies in Gestalt He is a registered psychologist with over 30 years experience, a Senior Fellow in Mental Health (University of Wollongong), and a member of the College of Counselling Psychologists (APS). He received the THEMES Gold Medal for Mental Health Work in 1996 from the Governor General, Sir William Deane

Jenny O’Neill is a Gestalt Therapist, Registered Nurse, Credentialed Mental Health Nurse and Accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner. Jenny's 30 year career in health and community services commenced as an intensive care nurse and then moved into community education and group work. She is co-director, faculty member and supervisor with Illawarra Gestalt since 1995, teaching the Graduate Diploma in Gestalt therapy. Jenny was also a lecturer at The University of Wollongong at the post graduate and under graduate levels. She is a Clinical Member of both the Queensland Counseling Association and PACFA and a member of the Australia College of Mental Health Nurses. Jenny has a wide experience working as a counselor, trainer and supervisor, particularly in the fields of Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol and Family Relationships and currently holds the position of treasurer of the Queensland Counseling Association and is accredited by PACFA as a supervisor.

Charlotte Ashford has worked as an individual and couples therapist for the past 16 years. She has a Bachelor of Counselling and incorporates a variety of therapeutic approaches, with a particular interest in Narrative therapy, into her work. She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Gestalt Therapy. She has specialist training and extensive experience in working with issues of loss and grief and with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. She works with Unifam Counselling and Mediation in Newcastle in the position of Senior Clinical Supervisor and now manager, providing supervision to counsellors and to counsellors from other organisations

Seán Gaffney PhD  was raised in Ireland, spent six years in the UK and has lived in Sweden since 1975. He is a Gestalt therapist, supervisor and trainer; Gestalt organisational consultant, supervisor and trainer; and a university lecturer (Cross-cultural Management). He is a member of the Professional Staff, Gestalt Institute of Cleveland (USA). Trainer with The Gestalt Academy of Scandinavia (Sweden), The Nordic Gestalt Institute (Denmark), The Gestalt Trust (Scotland & North of Ireland), The London Gestalt Centre (England) and the Illawarra Gestalt Centre (Australia). He has published widely on gestalt therapy.



Robert G. Lee, PhD, a psychologist in private practice in Cambridge and  Newton, Massachusetts, has written extensively and presented widely about shame and belonging as regulator processes of the relational field. He  applies his intersubjective, constructivist insights to a wide range of clinical populations, including working with individuals, couples, families, children and adolescents, as well as to the topics of self process, development, field theory, ethics, culture, gender, and chronic illness. His research on couples and shame led to a deeper understanding of the hidden dynamics of the intimate couple. His article, "Gestalt and Shame: The foundation for a Clearer Understanding of Field Dynamics," won the 1995 Nevis Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Gestalt Therapy Theory. Robert is co-editor of The Voice of Shame: Silence and Connection in Psychotherapy. (Jossey-Bass, 1996), editor of the Values of Connection (GestaltPress/The Analytic Press, 2004), and his latest book The Secret Language of Intimacy (GestaltPress/The Analytic Press, in press). He is an editor at GestaltPress, a member of the faculty of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and teaches and trains nationally and internationally. His other life interests include dancing, snorkeling, and being with and enjoying his wife and their collective children.