Steve Vinay Gunther: Director
A 3 minute interview with me:
My interest and study of psychotherapy spans 40 years. I have been in private practice for 26 years, working with individuals, couples and families. My training includes the following:
- Gestalt therapy
- Family therapy
- Career coaching
- Narrative therapy
- Family Constellations
I have also trained in NLP, somatic psychotherapy and relational therapy.
My background also includes theatre and clowning, street theatre, community activism, meditation philosophy and practice. I have run several businesses, including a vegetarian cafe, a sign writing business, and a food coop.
I founded the Northern Rivers Gestalt Institute – a four year post graduate program that achieved registration with the education department. I was director of the program for 17 years, and responsible for all aspects of school including curriculum development, supervision, training and assessment.
I have developed a unique process called Career Decision Coaching™, which integrates a number of approaches in one focused session, and helps people find their ideal career path.
Lifeworks International Program
I regularly teach in the US, Mexico, China and Japan. One of my specialisations is in the area of psychotherapy and spirituality.
I am director of Spiritual Psychology at Ryokan College.
Lifeworks is owned and run by Tierra Administration.
I am the author of a book for men called Understanding The Woman In Your Life – A Man's Guide to a Happy Relationship.
I enjoy my work, and find a great deal of satisfaction from helping people move through their challenges, towards self discovery and empowerment. I find teaching and training particularly rewarding, and I integrate theory and experiential approaches in my educational approach.
I have 5 grown children and 4 grandchildren. I am fascinated by systems theory and cybernetics, and am currently a doctoral student, working on a thesis about the interpersonal dimensions of power.
Masters of Mental Health, Diploma of Gestalt Therapy, Graduate Diploma of Social Ecology, Workplace trainer Cat IV. I hold memberships with EAGT (European Association of Gestalt Therapy) and AACC (Australian Association of Career Counsellors).
My first career was as an early childhood educator. I worked for community preschools, and then long day care centres. I enjoyed the interaction with the children, and the focus of considering and responding to their developmental needs.
I then went on to study somatic and relational therapy with Dr Chris Campbell. During this time I became interested in the somatic approach of Stanely Keleman, and also learned under Dr Julie Henderson.
I went on to further my psychotherapy knowledge and skills by completing a Graduate Diploma of Gestalt therapy. I then studied in the USA with Dr Violet Oaklander who has been at the forefront of child-centred psychotherapy for over 40 years. Currently, I am enrolled in a Masters of Play Therapy.
In my work with adults, my interests are in the application of existential ideas, especially those around authenticity, and responsibility. I see that most problems arise as a result of a lack of self knowledge.
I am oriented towards resilience, and see that the ownership of judgement can have a useful place in relationship and psychotherapy.
My focus is on the empowerment that can come from allowing vulnerability, at the same time as holding clear boundaries. The experiences of hurt and pain tend to be restrictive and limiting. I am interested in finding the mobility that can come out of difficult life experiences.
I have an interest and am experienced in working with clients with DID related issues.
I particularly enjoy working with children and adolescents, finding ways to support them in their growth and development.
Diploma of Childrens Services CBC, Diploma of Interactive Psychotherapy, Graduate Diploma of Gestalt Therapy, Certificate of Child Psychotherapy, memberships with CAPA (Counsellors and Psychotherapists Association of NSW) and the IPTA (International Play Therapy Association).