Cathy Gray, MSS, LCSW
When I first took a formal class in Gestalt Therapy at BMC, I felt as if I had come home. It was and still is exciting to me to to be practicing a theoretical model that defines health as being able to be present and aware, choiceful, resilient, passionate and effective in one's life. This is a a theory and approach that not only makes sense to me, but also fits my values and way of looking at the world. Rather than pathologizing and labeling people, Gestalt Therapy respects their ability to creatively adjust to circumstances in their earlier lives in which they had few viable choices. It also recognizes that when those same adjustments are brought into current day situations they may no longer be useful. Gestalt therapy recognizes that we hold the shadows of our past not only in cognitive structures but also in our body. As a Gestalt therapist I work holistically, hightening awareness of both physical manifestations in the body, as well as cognitive structures and behavior habits that interfere with the individual being fully present and effective in their life. I have a private practice working with individuals, couples, and groups. I also offer embodied supervision to psychotherapists.
Cathy has more than 35 years working with individuals and organizations. She trained at the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Philadelphia. Cathy also studied, Focusing, Mind Body Centering, Improvisational Movement, in addition to Developmental Somatic Psychology with Ruella Frank. Cathy is on the faculty and board of GTIP and is past president of the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy.
David S. Henrich, LCSW, BCD
My first exposure to Gestalt Therapy was among four very gifted teacher-therapists: Susan Friedberg, Sal Fusaro, Helen Kramer, and Marilyn Rosannes-Barrett. Each had a distinct personal style, yet all showed tremendous patience, respect, and sensitivity toward their clients. I learned that dramatic, flashy techniques had little value compared to highly developed skill and understanding. Gestalt Therapy is inherently respectful of the client, and I was fortunate to be introduced to this idea early in my career: it is an important part of how I practice.
Humor is also important to my practice, and I am fascinated by how it works. Most people agree that humor can facilitate communication, and I also believe it can be a powerful therapeutic tool. It can help people flip their understanding of a situation and move into other dimensions. I'm very interested in how paradox, creativity, and humor are connected.
David is in private practice with GKSW/Crystal Group Associates in Wyndmoor, PA, where he works with individuals, couples, families, and groups. He also trains and consults in human services for a wide variety of institutions. David received his Master of Social Service from the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, Bryn Mawr College, and is a graduate of the Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training of New York. He has studied Gestalt Therapy for more than 30 years, including study with Sonia Nevis for more than 10 years. David is a faculty member of the Family Institute of Philadelphia and has taught at the Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy-New York City. His current areas of interest include responding to major illness, grief and loss, conflict resolution, the use of humor in therapy, and addictions.
David S. Henrich: 215-233-3994, x21
Valerie Kellom, MSS, BCD
Gestalt Therapy and the existential philosophy behind it, became and remain, a core of my identity. My spiritual beliefs and my dedication to human justice both sit on Gestalt ground as I engage others in therapy. My direct style and ability to articulate clinical issues and treatment strategies satisfy my students. My compassion and ability to connect with the human experience enrich my supervisory relationships. In private practice full time since 1980, my passion is healing damaged relationships: within an individual, between couples or when working with family systems.
Valerie L. Kellom, MSS, B.C.D is licensed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Trained in both Family Therapy and Gestalt Therapy in the mid '70's, Valerie is a clinician, supervisor and trainer in both theoretical orientations. She studied the Stone Center's Relational/Cultural Therapy; and was mentored by Sonia Nevis, Ph. D. She has contributed as faculty, to Jefferson's Medical College, Bryn Mawr's School of Social Work, and GTIP from its inception.
Jennifer Jones, PhD, LCSW
Jennifer is a member of the GTIP faculty. She has practiced and supervised in clinical settings for over 14 years and has a private practice in Center City. She has facilitated numerous workshops and trainings on topics such as: suicide assessment, sexual abuse, trauma and working with people living in poverty from an economic human rights perspective.
Ginny McIntosh, MSW, LCSW, BCD
When I did my graduate studies at the Penn functional School of Social Work, I was trained in the "here and now," "growth through pain," human justice and acceptance of the individual as she or he is within her or his context. After my journeys far away from this through systems family therapy, psychodrama, object relations psychotherapy, and self-psychology, imagine my surprise to discover how closely Gestalt Theory fits my graduate training — now I'm back at home to stay within the Gestalt Therapy theory, philosophy and community when I graduated from GTIP in 1988. It has validated my identity as a clinical social worker and enlivened my sense of self; personally and professionally ever since. It has never failed me nor my need to grow and I also notice that is true in my work with people as well, whether it be in therapy, teaching or supervision. I feel honored to be part of the Gestalt community and excited by the teaching, clinical work, and witness to other people's growth.
Ginny McIntosh has worked in protective services, ten years in mental hospitals and twenty-five in private practice with individuals, couples and supervision. She has taught at St. Joseph's University, Widener University and for many years at Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She has also co-led Gestalt Therapy training groups for therapists for several years. She is a past-president of the PA Society for Clinical Social Work, treasurer of the Clinical Social Work Federation and current Chair of the PA Clinical Social Work Guild.
Cindy Orns, MSS
I came to Gestalt Therapy after practicing as a psychodynamically trained therapist for fifteen years. Gestalt Therapy Theory spoke to me personally and professionally. It's emphasis is on relationship and making contact with the other. It is concerned with helping people figure out what they want and how to get it. Also it allows the therapist to be actively engaged in the process with the client. Finally the social action component is focused on equality, democracy and valuing each persons voice.
Cindy Orns MSS is a licensed clinical social worker. She attended University of Vermont, Boston University and Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work. Cindy has worked in inpatient settings, outpatient mental health agencies and private practice. She currently maintains a private practice in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania and sees individuals and couples. Cindy also supervises clinicians interested in Gestalt Therapy.
Karen Ginsburg, LCSW, LMT
I am a deeply kinesthetic person. I learn first through movement and felt sensation. Early in my life, this led me first to performing and then to bodywork. In both of these practices, I was continually inspired by what happened to people, and between people, when we settled deeply into ourselves. Over time, I came to realize that these moments, more than the work of theater art, or loosening a tight muscle, were the most meaningful parts of my work. In searching for a way to build on the transformational power of embodied presence, I found Gestalt therapy. It is a theory and a practice that described perfectly how I see the world, and gave me the tools to help myself and others to heal and to grow.
Gestalt therapy provides the space to follow both the words that are spoken, and the sounds and movements that run underneath them. In this way, doing therapy is much the same as doing an improvisational dance, my clients and I are thinking, moving and feeling together, creating something new in each moment. This profoundly optimistic and practical theory has taught me to have faith in what will emerge when I sit with another person and we both bring our awareness to the present moment as we concomitantly think, feel, and sense it. In these moments, we are who we know ourselves to be, and we are at the crossroads to become more than we just were. We find support in ourselves and in other people, and we find an intelligence and liveliness that underlies even our deepest struggles. I am grateful to have found this philosophy, practice, and community. And, I am excited to see GTIP expanding our gaze outside of the therapy room and into the world around us. I believe our theory, with its emphasis on dialogue and field, provides both a structure and a mandate for considering our place in the larger field, and for working towards a more equitable and inclusive world.
Karen Ginsburg, LCSW, LMT, has a BFA in Acting and an MSW, both from New York University. She is also a licensed massage therapist in the state of NY and has certificates in Gestalt Therapy, Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy and Somatic Experiencing. Karen has been a student and practitioner of Gestalt therapy since 1999. Prior to becoming a Gestalt therapist, she worked as a performer in experimental theater and as a professional bodyworker, trained Shiatsu, Swedish massage and Craniosacral therapy. She is a longtime student of, and assistant to, Ruella Frank, PhD, the Director of the Center for Somatic Studies and the creator of Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy. She has also been a member of Kachina Myer's analytic supervision group in NYC since 2009. She has had the pleasure of being a supervisor at GTIP since 2012 and Adjunct Faculty since 2014. She has private practices in New York City and Philadelphia.
Janneke van Beusekom, PhD, MSS, LCSW
In my years studying and practicing Gestalt therapy I've discovered that people come to Gestalt through many different avenues. Though I didn't know it at the time, my interest in Gestalt therapy began when I was in college and was introduced to existentialism, epistemology, and Martin Buber's "I-thou." It wasn't until almost 10 years later that I discovered that these ideas didn't just live in my head; they could inform my being and my relating, not just my thinking. For me, it is this wonderful combination of fullness of being (emotional and embodied) and mutuality in relationship – all based on a grounded, informed way of thinking – that continues to bring me to Gestalt therapy over and over. My intention as a faculty member of the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Philadelphia is to support others and me, gently and compassionately, while we create and discover our fullness through thinking and feeling, being and relating.
Janneke is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She is a 1994 graduate of the Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and a 1997 graduate of the Gestalt Therapy Institute. She is co-author (Philip Lichtenberg is first author) of the book, Encountering Bigotry: Befriending Projecting Persons in Everyday Life. Janneke works with individuals, couples, and groups including clinical supervision and personal growth groups for therapists. She also has a special interest in chronic physical illness. Janneke is past conference treasurer for the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy. Prior to entering the clinical social work field, she earned a PhD in Economics and taught at the college level for several years.