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I'm a Gestalt therapist with a practice in Double Bay, which I share with my wife Amanda Gruhn. I come from a background as an engineer, business analyst and artist. I have a long-standing interest in Jung and depth-inquiry, and completed a MA (Hons) thesis on the imaginal (James Hillman's term) and landscape. I'm interested in creativity, energy, Taoism, Zen, the experience of Eros in life, and how we can live lives that are soulful.
I'm interested in what can be revealed in the therapeutic encounter and how this can help us recover a more real sense of ourselves... In finding out how we sometimes block ourselves from our own sources of creativity and aliveness. I'm interested in how we can strengthen our relational bonds.
My relationship with my wife has been central to my learning & understanding, and is a practice and gift that I use in my work with both couples and with individuals.
My approach is Gestalt, influenced by Depth Psychology & the work of James Hillman and other post-Jungians. I also learn from my own art practice.
More on my web site
Art Therapy, Dream Work, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Existential, Experiential, Gestalt, Jungian, Marriage and Family, Mindfulness, Soul Centred Psychotherapy
For individual and personal clients, my general approach is regular, 1 hour sessions (either once per week or once every 2 weeks). This provides the structure and therapeutic container within which deep exploration can occur.
For couple clients, my approach is weekly or every two weeks at the beginning, then reducing after 4-8 sessions to perhaps once per month or less frequent.
I work with here-and-now dialogue, dreams, fantasies, artworks - whatever is suggested by the deeper, uncensored levels of the psyche.
With couples, I use Gestalt approaches; I am also strongly influenced by attachment theory and PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy), as well as by Imago and EFT.
I also offer mediation for separating couples.
I undertake regular supervision. As a bonus I enjoy an ongoing, corrective, living and breathing inquiry into the essence of the relational, in the form of my relationship with my therapist wife!
Service Quality is for me about living my own life well, and letting that flow into my practice. Taoism speaks of the Watercourse Way, and how to stay true to it...
After knowing the sons, keep to the Mother.
Thus one's whole life may be preserved from harm.
I've worked with couples and individuals since 2006, and completed my Gestalt Graduate Diploma in 2008.
I commenced my practice at the GLOO project in Woolloomooloo, working with clients in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. This experience has continued to inform my practice. Since 2009 I have worked with my wife in Knox Lane, Double Bay, as well online and by phone.
Prior to this I studied a Bachelor of Fine Arts at COFA and completed a Master of Arts (Hons) thesis in an imaginal depth inquiry into landscape, using the work of James Hillman. I had three solo art exhibitions in Sydney before experiencing a strong desire to study Gestalt.
I've also worked as an engineer and business analyst, holding degrees in Engineering.
To make an appointment, phone, email me or fill in the contact form at Therapy Duo.
Train: Take the Eastern Suburbs line to Edgecliff Station and walk from there. (It’s about an 8 minute walk.)
Bus: Routes include 323, 324, 325, 326 and 327.
Ferry: The trip from Circular Quay takes about 12 minutes.
Car: Cross Street car park.
Please contact me for my fee scale. I offer some reduced rate places for people who are experiencing financial hardship.
Sessions are usually 1 hour in duration, but can be 1.5 or 2 hours.
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I work with individuals and with couples and hold relationships as central to the work.
I help my clients investigate the here-and-now experience that unfolds in the therapy room, in the deep service of greater awareness of their processes.
I delve below the surface, questioning areas that have become fixed, so they can more easily flow and allow the client to creatively unfold to the next step.