The members of Faculty of the Gestalt Institute of Toronto are each leaders and therapists in their own right and specialists in their respective fields. All four women maintain private practices in the GTA and are actively involved in groups within the community.
JoAnne, Jay, Carolina, Fran and Tony are committed leaders, dedicated to the practice of Gestalt Therapy and their own ongoing personal and professional development. Individual bios outline the specific training and experience that each member brings to the Faculty of the GIT.
JoAnne Greenham has been Executive Director of the Gestalt Institute since 1995. She studied with Harvey Freedman and Jorge Rosner and graduated from the GIT in 1977. She has been a faculty member for the past twenty-five years, and for eight years was a guest faculty member at Gestalt training programs in Sweden and Denmark. In 1963, JoAnne graduated from Physical and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto and has worked in many Toronto hospitals and treatment centres, including The Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, The Addiction Research Foundation (now the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health), the Toronto General Hospital, and for the Employee Advisory Service, Government of Ontario. She has had a private practice in Toronto since 1979. JoAnne is known for her use of art, dreamwork, and clowning in Gestalt Therapy; her approach is funny, poignant, and powerful.
Head of Faculty
Jay works at the growing edges of Gestalt Therapy and has made major contributions to the Gestalt Institute of Toronto since 1990. She is an international trainer and has worked with leadership groups across North America. Jay’s special gift is her ability to bridge psychotherapy and spirit, which she calls “Gestalt Shamanism” based in the contribution of Jorge Rosner under whom she trained at the GIT. Her background includes 20 years of Tibetan Buddist practice, Sufi studies, and Religious Studies at Columbia University, NYC. She is also currently a Faculty member of The Institute for Contemporary Shamanic Studies in Toronto where she has co-created a highly successful intensive program for the healing of underlying causes of addictive patterns. Jay has had a private practice in Toronto since 1992.
Faculty, Assistant Executive Director
Carolina graduated from the Department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Western Ontario in 1976 and has worked as an audiologist for the past twenty-six years. She directs an educational audiology practice in southwestern Ontario and provides consultation to school boards, public health units, and the hearing aid industry. She offers her workshops across North America and has written a number of publications in the area of educational audiology. Carolina also completed an M.B.A. in 1990 at the University of Toronto and graduated from the Gestalt Institute of Toronto in 1994, joining the faculty in 1996. She has a private practice in Toronto. Her particular interest is in bringing Gestalt to the field of rehabilitation.
Fran Battista Khanna
Fran graduated from the Gestalt Institute of Toronto in 1997. She is a Registered Educational Psychologist with a Ph.D. in Applied Psychology from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She has worked in education as a consultant to teachers and parents for the past twenty-five years. Her clinical work with infants, children, teenagers, and adults addressing cognitive, behavioural, and emotional issues has been influenced by Gestalt since the 1970′s. She has a special interest in the treatment of anxiety disorders. In 1999, Frances joined the faculty of the Gestalt Institute of Toronto. She has a private practice in Toronto.
Tony graduated from the Gestalt Institute of Toronto in 2004. He has been in private- practice since 1999, working with individuals, couples and groups. Over the last few years, Tony, has been apprenticing at the GIT as assistant faculty. Working in the here and now, Tony assists individuals in rediscovering their creativity and spontaneity. Tony’s background includes graduate and post-graduate work in philosophy and political theory at the University of Western Ontario.