Team members

John Gillespie
U.K. | Chief Executive and founder

John founded NGV in 2016 whilst in the third year of a gestalt psychotherapy training. He lives in London, and has a background of working in voluntary and public sector roles and in organisational consultancy. John is a profound believer that those on the margins hold many of the solutions to challenges our societies are only just beginning to grapple with.

As founder of New Gestalt Voices (NGV) I (John Gillespie) came to gestalt via therapy. This helped me see that there was a place for my feelings that did not seem to fit. Gestalt supported me to develop a better connection with my body and emotions, and it helped me to find greater compassion for myself and for others. As I grew, so my consumption patterns changed. I no longer needed the new iPhone as soon as it was released. I eat less meat.

Bernadette O’Koon
US |
Leadership Team

Bernadette (“Bernie”) O’Koon, is a 5th year Clinical Psychology doctoral student at the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University in Dayton, OH and is completing her internship at the University of Pittsburgh Counseling Center. Bernie is a “recovering lawyer” whose chance exposure Gestalt in 2007 was the catalyst for deep personal and professional exploration and an eventual mid-life career change. Bernie trusts in the therapeutic process and believes that profound growth is possible when we understand our personal experience and development within the context of political and social systems and within our own bodies.

Toni Clarkson
U.K. |
Leadership Team

Toni loves chickens, gestalt, coaching, leadership, mountains and gardens. The order of those changes, but they never go away. Toni cares very much indeed about the quality of conversation we are able to have with ourselves and with others, and our willingness to hold our own truths and those of others with kindness. “And you can put I’ve got an international corporate OD background if you want!”

Laura Martinelli
Italy |
Leadership Team

Laura is an innovation expert, founder of ‘IN Innovation and Project Management’, a company focused on innovation management in high tech with both public and private organisations via public funded projects. Facilitation and coaching is an essential component of her job, that brought her in contact with small, medium and large companies/corporates as well as with leading scientific institutions over the last 20 years. Laura has an Msc in Chemical Engineering, she is a graduate Gestalt Practitioner and passionate about organisations, their structure, functioning their ultimate goal and their importance for society as a cradle for the ethical development of individuals and society.

Kamila Bialy
Poland |
Leadership Team

Kamila is a sociologist and gestalt therapist in one! When she works as a therapist, her sociological eye is always present, and often alert/activated/activist -oriented. As a sociologist she applies a relational field perspective. Having lived and practiced on the margins Kamila now also holds formal positions within academic and gestalt therapy worlds. She wonders, does this say more about her, or about the world she lives in?

Ayhan Alman de la Osa
Spain |
Project Director GSRD Book

Ayhan is a Turkish born German who has become a naturalised British citizen after a period of existential Brexit angst. He has an MSc in gestalt psychotherapy and practices therapy online and has an international clientele. Ayhan is interested in culture, identity and belonging. He is editing NGV’s forthcoming book on gestalt approaches to working with GSRD communities.

Sally Taylor
England | Brand developer & Original Webmaster &
Production Editor

Although Sally has moved onto other things, we owe her huge gratitude for her work designing and creating the NGV website and brand. She was also production editor of the journal for its first six issues, and produced the blog posts as well as the newsletters. Sally lives in West Sussex.

Leonie McCarthy
England | Advisory Board

Leonie is Chief Executive of Peterborough Council for Voluntary Service and has led on the development of Peterborough Plus, the City’s first Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Consortium. She is studying as a psychotherapy student at the Gestalt Centre London. Leonie has been working to transform the health and social care system by developing Peterborough’s first Health and Voluntary Sector Wellbeing Service, an integrated model for delivery of Voluntary Sector Support for Admission Avoidance, Delayed Transfer of Care and Prevention Services. She is currently working to implement a new model of “social-therapy”, providing a group gestalt intervention for people working in high pressured voluntary and public sector roles. Leonie was warded Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2009 New Year’s Honours List