YARO STARAK, B.A., M.S.W, Adv.Dip.SW, Dip.GT.
Gestalt Art Therapist CAT®
Men leadership training
Author of books on Gestalt Psychotherapy & Group facilitation
Co-Director Gestalt Art Therapy Centre-Australia
He finished his undergraduate studies majoring in psychology at the University of Manitoba and later his postgraduate studies at the University of British Columbia, Canada. He continued further studies at the University of Toronto specialising in adult education, group dynamics and supervision.
After training and graduating as a Gestalt Therapy from the Toronto Gestalt Institute, he became a faculty member of the Institute for four years. He later immigrated to Australia in 1978 to lecture at the University of Queensland.
Over the past twenty five years Yaro has been teaching and training various professional groups and Gestalt groups in Brisbane, Tasmania, Sydney and overseas in Sweden, Denmark, Mexico, Germany, Estonia, Italy and Spain.
Yaro has published and co-edited four books in Gestalt Therapy and Group Process, three training manuals and numerous articles in several international journals on group work, Gestalt Therapy, Family Therapy, Alternative Living, Men’s Issues and Deep Psychology.
He is an accredited Values & Leadership Coach and founding member of GANZ – Gestalt Australia & New Zealand – the accrediting body of Gestalt therapy training Institutes.
He is also a regular presenter at National and International Conferences.
Now his passion is Art and he is having annual Art exhibitions, also he enjoys writing monthly news at his blog "Reflections Yaro".
GEMMA GARCIA. Dip. GT., Dip. Ericksonian Hypnosis., Aura Soma Therapist L2., Dip.GT.
Gestalt Art Therapist CAT®
Co-Director Gestalt Art Therapy Centre - Australia
Visual Artist. Art Instructor. Freelance Book Editor
Freelance Curator, Coordinator Art Group Exhibitions.
Director of APE Brisbane (Art Performances and Exhibitions)
Gemma studied Gestalt Therapy at the Gestalt Institute of Valencia-Spain. She worked in the Emergency field for the Spanish government for 15 years - conducting research with groups of Firemen about the emotional impact of high stress situations and combining the use of Gestalt Therapy with Art. Gemma is a trained Ericksonian Hypnotist from the University of Valencia (Spain) and she is an Aura Soma Therapist (L2).
Gemma is also a talented Visual Artist. She uses art as part of her process of personal growth, exploring new forms of expression and therapy across a broad range of art materials & mediums. She moved to Australia and co-founded the Gestalt Art Therapy Centre with Yaro Starak - The only Gestalt Art Therapy Centre known in Australia.
Yaro Starak and Gemma Garcia organized the First Conference of Art Therapy in Bali in March 2011 and are the organizers of the Second Conference of Art Therapy in Bali in July 2012.
Every year they are developing Art Therapy Retreats in Australia and Spain.