Rhonda Gibson Long - Gestalt at Mullumbimby
Rhonda Gibson Long: Masters of Gestalt, B Sc, Dip Ed, RSA, Cert Supervision was Director of Sydney Gestalt Institute for 15 years (1996-2011) as well as a long experience of teaching (since 1975) and practicing and training in Gestalt (since 1994). She has her Masters in Gestalt therapy from Brisbane Gestalt Institute 2008 and is a clinical member of PACFA and GANZ and is a PACFA accredited supervisor.
Rhonda’s Counselling Specialties
Rhonda’s counselling specialties include working with adolescents, adults, couples and groups with those who suffer from depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, grief reactions and sexual dysfunction. Her methods include process work, mindfulness, dream work, art therapy and sand-play. She makes every effort to create a safe, non-judgmental and supportive environment. Rhonda emphasises the importance of the relationship between therapist and client, which she believes is the source of all healing.
Integrating Gestalt With Developmental Psychology
In building this therapeutic relationship, attention is paid to the person’s whole life experience, integrating Gestalt with relational and developmental psychology. The whole field as well as the physical well-being, intellectual interests and spiritual awareness and practice may also be included in the work. Interpersonal skills are developed in sessions which can then be extended into the client’s world.
A Message From Rhonda
“Each time I sit with another human being in their inner work, I am privileged to be allowed access to more of what makes us tick –- what gives us joy, what hurts, how we handle our pain, how we heal and how we yearn to be whole. I offer my knowing about the stuff of being human, given to me by thousands of hours of being present to thousands of ordinary and extraordinary human stories. I have learned that we can open to change when we feel safe. If we feel threatened, unloved or unheard, we shut down. Our survival instinct takes over and we become defensive. So my passion is to be a loving guide. I know that, no matter what has transpired in your life you were responding to your situation and probably felt very alone. I know that by being truly met and understood and resonated with, healing occurs. My job is to assist you on that journey.
I am guided and deeply nourished by the natural world. Nature is my greatest, wisest and most beloved teacher. My guidance, teaching and healing work is constantly informed by this relationship. I look forward to working with you.”
Rhonda’s Further Experience
She has attended numerous workshops in developing her ongoing professional development including 5 residentials with Lynne Jacobs and Gary Yontef specialising in relational psychology. Alongside this she practices yoga and meditation having spent 3 years in India learning techniques from various gurus and spiritual groups.