EGI core team

Graham Colbourne

Graham Colbourne

BSc., Dip YCW, Dip GPTI, UKCP reg., Dip Sup., GPTI TSM

Course director

Graham Colbourne has been in full time gestalt practice since 1996 doing therapy with individuals, couples and groups. He is a supervisor and trainer of counsellors, psychotherapists and supervisors and has also worked in the field of management development. He served on the GPTI Ethics Committee and the Training Standards Committee for some years. He worked for many years in community development, youth work and community education, drawing on group work, counselling, field theory, existentialism, and various models of learning and social/community change. Creativity and spirituality are important to him, practised through music and dance. Graham is a keen cyclist and father to a grown-up son.

Kirsteen Greenholm

BA (Hons), Dip GPTI, UKCP reg., Dip Sup., GPTI TSM

Course director

Kirsteen has a background as a practitioner and manager in the addictions and mental health fields, in the voluntary and statutory sectors. She trained in gestalt psychotherapy at Edinburgh Gestalt Institute, and now works in private practice as a qualified psychotherapist, trainer, supervisor and consultant. She has been a member of the GPTI Training Standards Committee and the GPTI Executive Committee. She has a strong interest in the themes of attachment and trauma, in particular how therapy can best support connection with self/others, and through this, enable more vitality, creativity, wellbeing and healing. Kirsteen’s first degree is in english literature and philosophy, and she weaves her interest in metaphor, images, poetry and ideas into her work and everyday life. Connecting with nature/spirit, attending to body process and playing her flute are particularly important to her. She enjoys bringing her synthesis of verbal and non-verbal interests and skills (left/right brain) to her working life and relationships. She is currently interested in how best to support the experience of joy.

Jill McClure

MA (Hons), Masters SW, Dip GPTI, UKCP reg., GPTI TSM

Course director

Jill’s background is in social work, spanning social care, education, the voluntary sector and practice teaching. She has extensive experience of working with sexual abuse and trauma, and with new parents struggling with transitions. Jill is currently completing the process of becoming a teaching and supervising member of GPTI. As a trainer Jill is particularly interested in individuals’ experiences of learning, and the issues of shame that are frequently present in traditional approaches to education. She has a commitment and passion for her work, and believes strongly in the possibility of transformation and growth through relationship and deepening awareness. Jill is a keen yoga practitioner and is currently learning more about mindfulness. She is actively discovering how to integrate more of her spiritual and physical practice into her daily life and work. Jill is a mum to an 13-year old daughter and a lover of being by and in the sea.

Laurence

Laurence Hegan

MSc. Diploma Gestalt Psychotherapy, UKCP reg., RMN. GPTI TSM

Course director

Laurence has more than 30 years experience in the NHS and in private practice as a therapist, trainer and group facilitator. He has specialised in work with addictions, trauma and a broad spectrum of distressed psychological presentations including psychosis. Until recently he was a primary tutor on the gestalt psychotherapy training at Metanoia Institute in London. He has a special interest in group work and in relational gestalt practice, teaching and learning.

Mary Turner

Mary Turner

MSc (Gestalt Psychotherapy), Cert. Ed., Dip GPTI, UKCP reg.

Course director

Mary was originally trained as a teacher and worked as a lecturer and manager in adult education. Her subsequent work as an independent trainer and group facilitator has taken her into the NHS, social services and voluntary organisations. She has been working as an independent practitioner in Lancaster since 1990 offering therapy to individuals, couples and groups, and providing supervision for a wide range of organisations and individual practitioners. She is a primary tutor in the gestalt department at Metanoia Institute, London and is a member of GPTI’s Training Standards Committee. She is particularly influenced by the relational approach within gestalt and a current area of exploration is in working with and enhancing our understanding of the way gestalt supports the moment to moment emergent process at the edge of experience by staying with not-knowing and uncertainty.

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