Key People


Tine Mueller

Tine Mueller

MGestTherapy, MEdSc (Pedagogy), BSW, BEdSc (Pedagogy), AMHSW

Managing Director, GTB and Year 1 Coordinator

Tine migrated from Germany to Australia after completing her education in Hamburg and extensive travels 17 years ago. She received her Gestalt Therapy training at the Brisbane Gestalt Institute and her Master of Gestalt Therapy at Gestalt Therapy Brisbane. Tine has a background in social work. Her work experience includes working with women who experience domestic violence in Arnhem Land, drug and alcohol counselling, working with women and children who have experienced sexual abuse as well as counselling women in prison. Tine is now a director and year 1 coordinator at Gestalt Therapy Brisbane. She also runs a private practice and is provider in the EAP sector. She works with individuals, couples and families.


Dr Greer White


Director, GTB and Graduate Entry Coordinator

Greer is an experienced Gestalt therapist, supervisor, group facilitator and educator. She received her Gestalt training with the Gestalt Association of Queensland Inc. Greer has an education and welfare background with experience in working with young people at risk and those who have been abused or suffered trauma. She also worked as a contracted consultant and educator to teachers and leadership teams within schools. Her doctoral studies focused on adolescent masculine development. She works with individuals, couples and groups in therapy, supervision and group facilitation.

In 2008 Dr Greer White and Maria Vogt merged the Gestalt Association of Queensland Inc and the Brisbane Gestalt Institute and created Gestalt Therapy Brisbane Pty Ltd (GTB).

Administrative Staff

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Tina Schilg

DipMgmt, CertIVT&A, CertIVBus

Administration Manager

Tina provides support for our business in all areas and is the person you’ll speak to about administrative requirements, course entry, workshop registrations, accounts and room hire. Tina has 15 years experience in the education sector, with key roles in compliance, continuous improvement, communications and systems development.

Tina has been a part of GTB staff since mid-2018.

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Josephine Calman

MGestTherapy, AdvDipAT, DipFA

Library Assistant

Josephine provides support for the function of the GTB library on a part time basis.

Education Staff

The Directors are supported by academic staff who provide support for the delivery of our Graduate Certificate in Gestalt Therapy and Master of Gestalt Therapy programs which may include teaching, supervision of practice, writing support and grading of written or practical work. GTB also invite local and international guest presenters to support  and deliver specialised topics over the education programs.

Sharon Gray

Sharon Gray

MGestTherapy, MEd (Adult), BTh, MGANZ, PACFA Reg. Clinical, PACFA Accredited Supervisor

Education Manager

Recognising the interconnectedness of all life Sharon is passionate about working for transformation, equity and sustainability for all.
She loves contemplating situations and ideas deeply, critically, creatively and in the fullness of their nuanced complexity. Her roles as mother, friend, community member, therapist, supervisor, educator, consultant and facilitator ground her with the breadth, depth, tears, laughter and wisdom she brings to her work. She has a Bachelor degree in Theology and Ministry and Master degrees in Education and Counselling. Her career includes outdoor education, pastoral care, school and tertiary education and senior management.

Sharon was a GTB director from 2015-2018 and has been a part of GTB since 2010.

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Rosemary Bower

MGestTherapy, MGANZ, PACFA Reg. Clinical

Year 1 Coordinator

Rosemary was born in Tanzania and has lived and travelled extensively overseas. This lifestyle has greatly influenced and shaped her style of working and being in the world. She graduated from Brisbane Gestalt Institute and completed her Master of Gestalt Therapy at Gestalt Therapy Brisbane.
Rosemary now lives in Maleny and has a great passion for working with culturally diverse groups and with groups engaged in creating social change. She is a founding member of W2M Refugee Support Group and has facilitated group processes for several community groups such as Maleny Pride, land care groups and educational institutions. She facilitates for EPICC, exploring anxiety and life issues with individuals who are non-verbal and have special needs. Rosemary wrote and taught several modules at Quest College Maroochydore’s counselling program for 10 years.
Rosemary recently developed and taught clinical communications skills programs in Taiwan. This work continues in the form of group supervision. She has worked with communities decimated by HIV/AIDS in Tanzania and currently works with local NGO’s in Nigeria to develop and facilitate programs to assist women recovering from human trafficking.
Rosemary has been in private practice for over 25 years and works with individuals, couples, groups and as a supervisor.

Rosemary has been a part of GTB staff since the beginning of 2018.

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Tanya Field

MGestTherapy, CMGANZ

Year 2 Coordinator

Tanya graduated from the Brisbane Gestalt Institute in 2002, whilst under the Directorship of Maria Vogt & Yaro Starak. Since then, she has been on the faculty of numerous Gestalt institutes across NSW & Brisbane and has delivered introductory courses in Gestalt therapy in various contexts. Tanya co-founded the Terrigal Gestalt Institute in 2005 with Yaro Starak, where she later went on to become the Director of Training. In both educational & therapeutic contexts, Tanya’s passion for the Gestalt process is expressed through a deep commitment to relationship and a capacity to hold complexity.
Tanya has been married for 17 years, has 3 children & 3 grandchildren and currently resides in Mullumbimby, in Northern NSW. Her interests include building strong & sustainable communities, and fostering hope for the future through joy-filled adventures & mindful action.

Tanya rejoined GTB at the end of 2019.

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Zjamal Xanitha

BDance & Somatic Studies (Hons), MGestTherapy, CMGANZ, PACFA reg

Year 3 Coordinator

Zjamal has worked internationally for over 30 years in professional, academic and community settings, as a group facilitator, somatic educator, creative process lecturer and community arts leader. In her faculty positions in Amsterdam and San Francisco and on teaching tours throughout several continents, she has presented her integration of personal development and psychosomatic education. Zjamal is also in private practice as a Gestalt Psychotherapist and is regularly invited to facilitate professional level counsellor training. For the last seven years she has provided Clinical Supervision for practitioners in the field and those in social work and counselling organisations. She is a graduate of BGI and joined faculty there in 2004, and completed her masters at GTB. She is passionate about the intimate theatre of one on one work, and the creative potency of the group setting.

Zjamal has been a part of GTB staff since 2009.

Angela Shaw

Angela Shaw

BCouns, MGestTherapy, PACFA Reg. Clinical, Member of GANZ, ISCA

Year 4 Coordinator

Angela’s adventuring spirit and wide range of interests influence both her approach to life and her therapeutic work. With a background as a retail pharmacist, Angela entered into the Gestalt world with GAQI in 1991. For many years she lived and worked in the Wide Bay area in a variety of community situations including private practice, Lifeline, Palliative Care, Vietnam Veterans & Sexual Assault. Angela has a small private practice, including individual and group supervision and she incorporates Family Constellation work, having accessed training in Australia & Europe. She finds these concepts provide a useful medium for revealing larger system dynamics and supporting individuals & students to find a stronger sense of their place, in their family system, with clients and life in general.

Angela has been a part of GTB staff since 2012.

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Michael Pitt

DipTeach, MGestTherapy

Academic support

Michael originally worked in primary school education and then moved into IT where he worked for over 20 years in a variety of roles. He graduated from the Brisbane Gestalt Institute in 2006 and since then has had experience working in private practice offering individual and couple therapy, mediation and clinical supervision.  He has also worked for a number of NGO’s facilitating rites of passage programs for adolescent boys, groups for men pertaining to relationship, anger management, communication, and loss and grief, and for NSW govt. facilitating restorative justice conferences for young offenders.

In 2013 he completed his Master of Gestalt Therapy at GTB with a focus on effective ways of working with emotions, and particularly shame, in psychotherapy. He has worked at Interrelate since early 2016 as a relationship counsellor and group facilitator.

Michael has been a part of GTB staff since 2011.

Tracy Santos

Tracy Santos

BSW, AMHSW, MGestTherapy, DipST, STAA, ClinMGANZ

Academic support

Tracy works as a psychotherapist, mental health social worker, shiatsu therapist and supervisor in a private practice in the Northern Rivers of NSW. With 20 years of clinical experience, she also educates and trains in a range of contexts including Gestalt Therapy Brisbane, Amitayus Byron Hospice Service and Southern Cross University, where she lectures on grief and trauma informed practices in the human services.
With a strong interest in the areas of death and dying, grief and bereavement, Tracy has specialised in this field for the last 17 years and regularly directs her focus towards educating and facilitating processes whereby people, in both the community and in professional roles, learn to compassionately care for the dying and become informed and practiced in how to be with those experiencing grief. She values the possibility that contact with our mortality may to bring us closer to a deep sense of being alive, and honours Gestalt therapy for its contribution to this potentiality.

Tracy was a Year 3 Coordinator from 2018-2019 and has been a part of GTB staff since 2013.

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Shelley Barlow

MGestTherapy, APAM

Academic support 

Shelley is a qualified physiotherapist with over 35 years’ experience. She works with people with chronic pain, mental health issues and opioid dependency.
She is currently 80% through a PHD looking at the lived experiences of physiotherapists working with people with chronic pain. This is a phenomenological sequential inquiry over three years.
Shelley started her Gestalt training in 2003, after attending a 2002 somatic psychotherapy weekend at the institute in 2002, and completed her Graduate Diploma at Northern Rivers Gestalt in 2009. She then completed her graduate masters in 2015 at GTB. Her interests are the somatic presentations of trauma especially when manifesting as chronic pain.
Shelley works within NSW health and has a small private practice. She is trying to learn to run and does yoga regularly.

Shelley has joined GTB staff in 2020.

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Helen McWilliam

MGestTherapy, BSocSci, AssocDipAdultEd

Academic support

Helen’s passion for art and travel and her experience of community have influenced her life work. She began her working life as a high school teacher, is an artist, mother, grandmother and has worked in child protection and disability. Since graduating from GTB in 2016 Helen has been in private practice.

Now, after living on a community in northern NSW for 20 years, Helen is moving to Brisbane to be closer to her family. In Brisbane Helen will continue her work in private practice and running Gestalt art workshops and her practice as an artist.

Helen has been a part of GTB staff since 2016 and after a short break has re-joined GTB staff in 2020.

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Caitlin Reid

BFA, MATherapy (Supervision), MGestTherapy, PACFA Reg. Clinical

Academic support 

Caitlin lives in Brisbane and completed her training in Gestalt Therapy in 2017. Working in non-government services in the child protection sector for over a decade Caitlin’s interest is in supporting those who care for children and adolescents who have experienced harm. Caitlin has an abiding interest in painting and singing, and a deep appreciation for the solace that both practices and being in nature offer.

Caitlin has been a part of GTB staff since 2018.

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Jonathan Swan

GradDipGestTherapy, MGestTherapy, PACFA Reg. Clinical, ICEEFT

Academic support 

Jonathan obtained his Graduate Diploma in Gestalt Therapy in 2008 from the Northern Rivers Gestalt Institute and his Master of Gestalt Therapy from Gestalt Therapy Brisbane in 2012. He has been in private practice since 2008 and in 2013 opened the Gold Coast Couples Counselling & Psychotherapy clinic ( specialising in Emotionally Focussed Therapy for Couples. He has completed all training offered by the Australian Centre for Emotionally Focussed Therapy (ACEFT) in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and is working towards his international certification in EFT. He is a member of both PACFA and The International Centre For Excellence In Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT).

A passionate, committed practitioner and educator, Jonathan seeks to be relational and engaging, aiming to inspire students and clients alike with hope and possibility. Jonathan shares his passion and knowledge in a quest to open hearts and minds to become more fully aware of their creative potential.

Jonathan joined GTB staff in 2020.