TRIA seeks to create positive change in our selves, our communities and our planet.
Created by an incredible collaboration of like-minded individuals, TRIA aims to educate and collaborate with those who are interested in a Relational Approach.
FOUNDERS & DIRECTORS
Ashleigh Power: CO-Founder & Director. (Master GT, Grad Dip Gestalt, Cert Holistic Counselling, Adv Cert Community Welfare) is a Psychotherapist and Educator with 30 years experience working with individuals, couples and families, groups and organizations.
Ashleigh has substantial clinical experience working with people affected by addictions and mental health presentations. Her previous appointments include a variety of positions in the public and private psychiatric sector and various community based projects including Clinical Manger of South Pacific Private , Coordinator of Therapy programs at Evesham Psychiatric Clinic and Project Manager Lifeline Sydney Personal Counseling Program.
She had held educator positions in both private & university education sectors in the areas of counselling, social work and allied health.
Ashleigh has completed further studies in Somatic therapy and Trauma resolution. She is also an accredited Eco-Therapist and psychedelic integration therapist.
She is available for individual & group sessions and is a PACFA accredited supervisor.
Forrest James: CO-FOUNDER is a psychotherapist, supervisor, educator and organizational consultant. He has twenty years experience as a helping professional in the fields of trauma, relationship and family issues, men’s issues, alcohol and drug dependence, supervision, and management consulting. Forrest has completed extensive studies in Sensorimotor psychotherapy and various body focused approaches to working with trauma presentations.
He has held teaching positions at the three Australian Universities. He has a particular interest in the intersections of gestalt, relational approaches in psychotherapy, current advances in neurobiology, and their application in ‘helping relationships’.
Gina O’Neill: FACULTY, holds a Master of Gestalt therapy and has over 10 years working in a private psychiatric clinical settings treating individuals with various addictions, mood disorders, eating disorders and other trauma-related conditions and 3 years lecturing in higher education. Gina has worked in primary health care as a group therapist, eating disorder program co-ordinator, aftercare co-ordinator and clinical management roles.
She has also held the position of President of CAPA (NSW) for 2 years where she represented the psychotherapy and counselling profession towards governance and industry recognition.
She is known for her work with childhood trauma and it’s link with adult mental health issues. Gina currently has a private practice, is a higher education educator, and holds consultant clinical supervision and advisory roles both within the NGO and government sectors. Gina is both a registered psychotherapist and supervisor with PACFA and CAPA NSW.
As Gina is part NZ Maori her from a multicultural perspective, her interest and increasing areas of speciality is groupwork, cross-cultural and trauma therapy. Gina has a keen interest in the creative arts and plays the piano and designs and makes clothes/objects to satisfy this passion.
Declan Brady:is a qualified Gestalt psychotherapist. He also works in the corporate sector in the area of Leadership Development and
Organisational transformation with over 25 years experience working in the corporate world. He splits his working time between private practice in corporate work.
Declan has also worked as a core faculty member and psychotherapy trainer and is passionate about supporting people to develop and grow more fully into themselves to lead more purpose and values led lives. He has worked in several rehabilitation centres as a psychotherapist helping clients in recovery from addictions and trauma.
He has more recently being specialising in working with trauma using a range of skills acquired through specialised trainings such as Somatic Experiencing, Brain-spotting and Compassionate Focused Therapy.
Declan has been practicing mindfulness meditation for over 25 years. He was previously a qualified senior trainer with the Potential Project who offer Corporate Based Mindfulness Training to organisations looking to enhance performance and well-being in the work setting.
Having two children, Declan also understands the responsibilities, challenges and joys of being a parent.
Gregory Poll graduated from Gestalt Therapy Sydney in 2016, holds a Master of Gestalt therapy & a Diploma of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Resource Therapy. He has experience working in private psychiatric clinical settings treating individuals with various addictions, mood disorders and other trauma – related conditions. Currently, Gregory works as a group therapist running weekly programs for people experiencing childhood trauma related issues.
Gregory also has private practice in Surry Hills seeing individuals and couples who suffer from addictions, anxiety, depression and many relationship difficulties.
Gregory is available to work with individuals, groups and he is a clinical member of PACFA.
Mike Burns holds a master of gestalt therapy and is a psychotherapist, counsellor, educator, trainer and group facilitator. He teaches counselling and psychology undergraduate students and has several years’ experience tutoring master’s students. He also currently works at South Pacific Private Psychiatric Hospital as a group facilitator for both mental health and addiction recovery.
Previously Mike worked with Lifeline for 5 years as a telephone counsellor, supervisor and mentor for training groups.
He has worked for Blue Knot Foundation as a counsellor and as assistant manager of their national trauma counselling team and is still engaged in an ongoing capacity as a trauma workshop trainer.
Mike is a registered psychotherapist with PACFA and has a private practice in North Sydney and the northern beaches. He is an avid surfer, loves reading and values quality contact with family and friends.
Gina Yardley: OFFICE MANAGER is a vital member of the TRIA team, making sure our office runs smoothly by keeping all of our administrative tasks under complete control. She is the go-to girl for any of your general enquiries, questions and feedback.
With a background in science, sales, marketing and bodywork, Gina draws upon her organisational experience and varied skills to undertake her role at TRIA.
Inspired by the relational approach that TRIA works by, she is glad to be part of the team aiming for social impact and change.
A trained Shiatsu Therapist and Contact Improvisation dancer, when Gina is not at TRIA, she is most likely doing one of those two things.
Michael Reed PhD
Michael Reed PhD, is a registered psychologist, an accredited clinical social worker, an authorised supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia and the AASW and a Fellow member of Gestalt Australia and New Zealand (GANZ).
Michael has also been certified as a Gestalt therapist by Gestalt Associates Training Los Angeles (GATLA).
Michael has over 40 years clinical experience of working with individuals, couples, families and groups. Michael has been involved in gestalt therapy training for over 25 years as a Director of Training, a Faculty Member and as a Visiting Trainer with a number of accredited and respected training centres/institutes across Australia and New Zealand.
Michael has run training workshops in Hong Kong, the United States, the Middle East and, most recently, in Japan.
Michael has published in psychology, medical, health, counselling and psychotherapy journals and books. Michael runs a private psychology / psychotherapy practice in Crows Nest, Sydney. Michael is committed to promoting contemporary gestalt therapy practice, education and training and its relevance to present day psychological, mental, relational and holistic wellbeing.
When not ‘at work’, Michael enjoys relaxing with his family, playing with his grandchildren, gardening, trying to learn to strum the ukulele and watching sport.
Curt Mason is a qualified and experienced Gestalt psychotherapist, certified Sexological Bodyworker and Student of ‘The Wheel of Consent’ by Betty Martin. Curt has been a practicing meditator for over 12 years, teaching Jon Kabat-Zinn’s eight-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program (MBSR).
He runs a psychotherapy practice and retreat centre in Sydney, Australia, where he has lived for 15 years.
With over 20 years experience of working in mental health, Curt primarily works with gay and same sex attracted men with a focus on intimacy, sexuality, relationships, anxiety, trauma and group work.
Curt is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience in a style that is simple, fun and easy to understand and practice.
Linda has worked with individuals and groups in traditional therapeutic settings, academia, and within the US prison system. Linda designed and directed “Project Resolve” transitioning hundreds of women from incarceration to community life. It was in this setting that a personal “koan” (question) arose – what elements contribute to fundamental and integrated change? This dynamic and lifelong exploration continues to grow in interest and vitality.
In addition to a private psychotherapy practice, Linda worked for 7 years at South Pacific Private as a therapist with persons impacted by addictions and a variety of mental health concerns. She has also been trained in relapse prevention therapy and domestic violence interventions. In the US, Linda acted as a community based support group leader for women affected by domestic violence.
As an educator and trainer, Linda has designed and facilitated courses on Mindfulness and ACT. At Nazareth University in Rochester, New York she trained Master’s level candidates who had an interest in working in institutional settings – with an emphasis on incarcerated populations. Linda’s current interests focus on the synergies and utility of traditional mindfulness-awareness practices and Gestalt psychotherapy. She has trained for over 40 years in mindful-awareness processes.
Linda’s private practice is in the Redfern/Surry Hills area, she is a Clinical Member of GANZ.
International Faculty (USA)
Mark Fairfield, LCSW, BCD (Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work), is the Executive Director of The Relational Center. He received a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University in 1995. He was the former Clinical Director of Common Ground – The Westside HIV Community Center in Santa Monica, California. Mark has 20 years’ experience in direct practice, program development and administration in community mental health, community organizing and public education. He also consults with other non-profit boards and management teams for strategic planning, leadership development and technical assistance. Mark’s work during the AIDS crisis in the 1990s led him to a revelation about the role of interdependency in human health.
He observed how social movements, with their strong emphasis on collaborative action and systems-thinking, keep people engaged in a common goal and embedded in dense networks of trust and reciprocity that actually make them healthy. So he dedicated his career to designing communication and organizing strategies that help people build and maintain interdependency, improving the conditions of communities and the relationships that constitute them. He continues to publish in books and journals on the subject of confronting individualism in social services and teaches/trains mental health providers and community organizers internationally.
International Faculty (USA)
Lucien Demaris, MA is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais¨ Practitioner (GCFP) and a California Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) with a Master’s degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine and Chinese Herbology (MTOM) from Emperor’s College. He is also a Nationally Certified Bodyworker (NCTMB) trained in Myofascial Release, Craniosacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation. Lucien has been in private practice in West Los Angeles for the last ten years, he served as Director of Wellness at RakSa, and has been teaching movement classes and workshops in California, Mexico and Ecuador since 2007. Lucien grew up in Ecuador deeply connected to the indigenous communities and the mega biodiversity of the land. Inspired by the indigenous devotion to Pachamama (mother earth), as a young adult he found a calling to be a custodian of the Earth.
He began a three-year apprenticeship that began in the Andean highlands with Yachags (healer-shamans) from the Kichwa people, and ended with an eight-month initiation into the mysteries of Ayahuasca in the Amazonian jungle with Uwishins (healer-shamans) from the Shuar people. Upon his return from the forest, he came to Los Angeles to learn from Carlos Castaneda and his associates their teachings of Tensegrity¨. He was engaged in its practice and outreach for 13+ years and served as an Associate Instructor in 2008. While immersed in its practice, Lucien continued studying other embodied healing and therapeutic modalities, and ultimately became fascinated with the conscious movement practice of Feldenkrais¨. He is also a lead trainer in TRC’s Relational Leadership training program.