Gestalt Coach Training
Next program cohort begins: January 3, 2024. See below for more details.
The Gestalt Coaching Program™, the flagship training from the Gestalt Center for Coaching in Istanbul, is an ICF Accredited Coach Training Program. It presents the Gestalt-based approach to coaching that incorporates cutting edge coaching theories from thought leaders worldwide. This program provides the path towards ICF certification.
This program, founded on core Gestalt values, holds that it is the awareness of self and others, in the context of aware possibilities, that supports choice for intervention and success. We believe it is the nature of the coach’s support and presence which assists the client to do the desired work in service of goals that are achievable, believable, concrete, and deliverable. Additional skill development is recommended to support coaching mastery.
This gestalt coaching program outlines and offers support for effective coaching interventions with individuals, groups, and complex systems. Participants also learn how to design their coaching practice to stimulate and support sustained learning, development, creativity, and intentional and transformational change. Additionally, at the completion of this program, we offer an approved ICF process that supports the ICF certification process. We hold ourselves as partners in this process.
The Gestalt Coaching Program™ is conducted primarily in English, with Turkish language translation as needed.
Participants should have professional work experience or executive or organizational coaching experience and be able to work cognitively and experientially at a university level.
What the Program Offers:
- Four sessions over 6-7 months
- Monthly tele-classes (8)
- A student-mentor faculty ratio of 4-1
- A faculty mentor assigned to each student
- An online experiential learning environment that is designed for learning & integration
Next Program Dates:
- Session 1: Jan 3-7, 2024
- Session 2: Feb 13-16, 2024
- Session 3: April 2-5, 2024
- Client Day: May 1-2, 2024
- Session 4: June 25-28, 2024
Chairpersons and Lead Faculty
Dorothy E. Siminovitch, PhD, MCC
Director of Training
Dost Can Deniz, MBA, MCC
Gila Seritcioğlu, MA, CAGS, MCC
Zeynep Evgin Eryilmaz
Yeşim Özlale Önen
Payment of Tuition & Fees
Payment must be in US dollars by personal check or money order drawn from a US bank, or by credit card through PayPal invoicing (an additional 5% administrative fee is assessed for this option). Scholarships and alternative payment plans must be requested, reviewed, and approved by the Chairpersons prior to the program start date.
Withdrawals & Refunds: No refunds are given for withdrawal after the start of the program.
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Dorothy has had a positive impact on my life. She brings a style, grace and competence as a coach, and the spirit of ‘being of service’ to making the world a better place. I felt myself grow and mature in her presence and look forward to more development experiences with her.
— Brian Buckley | President, Mindful Leadership Consulting
I’ve studied with well-known world teachers. Dorothy Siminovitch has become one of those important teachers in the world of Gestalt thinking, coaching, and system development. She supports thinking, teaching, and training in what matters for clients and training groups, and then becomes the embodiment of what she has taught others. I recommend her expertise to others, with gratitude for what she has inspired in my own development.
— Tuli Or | CEO, Tav-Or Organizational Development, Consulting and Training, Ramat Hashron, Israel
Dorothy E. Siminovitch, PhD, MCC
Dorothy E. Siminovitch, PhD, MCC, a Master Certified Coach, is founder and president of Gestalt Coaching Works, LLC. She is an international coach, consultant, group facilitator, presenter/speaker, and author. She is founder, co-owner, faculty, and Director of Training for the Gestalt Coaching Program in Istanbul and Toronto, both ICF-ACTP coach training programs. She is also co‐founder of the Gestalt Center for Coaching, which delivers ICF-accredited coach training workshops and extended programs internationally.
Dorothy is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University’s prestigious Department of Organizational Behavior. She envisioned the application of Gestalt theory in the service of coaching in 1995 and has been delivering Gestalt coach training since 1996. The Gestalt Coaching Program in Istanbul was her second Gestalt‐based coach training program to garner ICF-ACTP certification. Dorothy honed her rich teaching, coaching, and consulting skills while serving in leadership and teaching roles at several Gestalt centers and through coaching thought leaders.
She provides world‐class training in and transformative human development through Gestalt-based coaching and holistic approaches, leading to outstanding results for individuals, groups, and organizations. Her specialties are coaching for signature presence, leadership presence and peak performance, overcoming derailment, and working with high performance groups and teams. She presents additional training and development opportunities at the International Coach Federation conferences, the Hudson Alumni Learning Conference, and by invitation worldwide.
She is evolving an integrative Gestalt-based practice though the Awareness Intelligence™ project which influenced the Awareness 20/20 assessment instrument. Her evolution of gestalt theory is occurring through the articulation of the Awareness Intelligence Model.
Dost Can Deniz, MBA, MCC
Dost Deniz, MBA, MCC is the first Master Certified Coach, as accredited by International Coach Federation in Turkey and Southeast Europe. He is the head coach and founder of MareFidelis Coaching and Consulting, the premier coaching company in the region, serving leaders from all walks of life. Dost has extensive experience coaching C-level, high driving executives and leaders. He specializes in coaching the top leader and his/her executive team, a high impact intervention.
He has coached Managing Directors, CEOs, General Managers, SVPs, AGMs of top 500 Turkish companies and Turkish subsidiaries of Fortune 500 global companies. He is a co-owner and faculty of the Eurasian Gestalt Coaching Program (EGCP). He coaches in English and Turkish.
Gila Ancel Seritcioğlu, MA, CAGS, MCC
Gila Seritcioglu is a Master Certified Coach (MCC) based in Turkey, accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF). With a diverse background as a Gestalt coach, expressive arts therapist, educationalist, and trainer, she brings over three decades of experience in developing human potential and enhancing performance. Gila’s passion lies in helping individuals discover their inner strengths, transcending limitations, and leading more fulfilling lives. As the founder of Gila Seritcioglu Coaching & Consulting, she works locally and internationally, specializing in coaching C-level executives, teams, leaders, and organizations. Through her coaching, Gila empowers leaders to embrace change, gain new perspectives on challenges, and unlock their full potential, ultimately making a positive impact on the world.
Apart from her coaching expertise, Gila is also involved in designing and implementing tailor-made experiential trainings and workshops using creative techniques. Her commitment to transformational leadership is reflected in her initiative, ‘Coming Back To Center,’ a workshop series in Tuscany, Italy, combining horses, expressive arts, and somatics in nature. Gila’s dedication to the coaching field extends to her role as a visiting faculty member in the HEC Global Executive Coaching program in Paris since 2019. Married and the mother of two girls, she resides in Istanbul.
Zeynep Evgin Eryilmaz, MA, MCC
Zeynep Evgin Eryilmaz, MA, MCC is an ICF‐accredited Professional Certified Coach, a psychologist, and a coach and consultant who supports individuals, executives, teams, and organizations through coaching and group process. She works in the areas of self‐awareness, communication, conflict management, change management, and creativity. Zeynep has worked in the creative departments of major international advertising agencies as a copywriter for over 10 years. She is a visiting lecturer at Istanbul Fashion Institute (IMA), Bilgi University, and Mimar Sinan University where she delivers Creative Process classes.
Belkis Kazmirci, MA, MCC
Belkis Kazmirci, MCC is an ICF‐Professional Certified Coach, executive coach, and trainer. She is experienced in the banking, technology, and FMCG sectors. Before steering her career towards professional coaching in 2006, Belkis worked in the Finance and Information Technology (IT) sector for 20 years, where she led a number of large‐scale and international projects covering all banking operations. She transfers her analytical skills, business knowledge, and wisdom derived from her 20 years of experience in multinational organizations to her coaching work. She currently delivers coaching services to high‐level executives, teams, and organizations, and leads training and experiential workshops for organizations in the areas of mentoring and leadership development.
Cahide Akkuzu, MCC
Cahide graduated from Boğaziçi University. Her professional career started in 1989 at Bilkom/Apple Computer. She was General Manager of Xerox Turkey and also spent 2 years in London managing marketing operations for Xerox MEA & India & Russia regions. At mobile operator Avea, she managed sales to corporate and public customers. She was General Manager of Turkey’s leading systems integration company Datateknik. At Yıldız Holding she was General Manager for Corporate Strategy and in this role she was responsible for developing strategic plans for the businesses like Chocolate, Beverages, Godiva, and Ülker International.
Towards her aim to support organizations, she went through an intense self-development growth path while at the same time serving her clients to break past their own limits. She is an accredited Master Certified Coach (MCC) of the International Coach Federation, and she has 3500+ hours of coaching experience. She is a Mastery graduate of the Gestalt Coaching Program, and has also completed various other coaching programs towards coaching organizations, relationships, groups, and executives. Besides the formal coaching training, she has attended various workshops and trainings in Spain, Italy, South Africa, Greece, and Turkey.
She designs and delivers leadership and organizational development programs, and delivers coaching services in Turkish, English and German.
Yeşim Özlale Önen, MA
Yeşim Özlale Önen, MA is a Gestalt certified coach, a clinical psychologist, and a management consultant who supports individuals, senior leaders, top teams, and organizations through change. Yeşim has extensive consulting and HR experience in local and global companies delivering projects for different industries. She currently works as a management consultant in a global company, working with senior leaders to understand their challenges and support them for higher performance through leadership. She works in the areas of executive coaching, organizational transformation, leadership development, and talent management. Yeşim has her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Middle East Technical University.
Leslie Virag, TC
Leslie Virag a Cross-Cultural Awareness Coach with over 20 years in global coaching, consulting, communication and linguistic training and teaching. She brings a unique, multi-dimensional perspective as she has worked with all levels of a professional organization, from the C-suite to the shop floor. Her mastery lies in the ability to access patterns and bridge intercultural aspects to foster awareness and cohesion across borders and cultural boundaries. Her coaching philosophy encompasses neuro- science, psychology and organizational development in service of the Stages of Acculturation. Her clients often grapple at the intersection between their Original Self and their New Self, facing the challenge of how to ground themselves as a member of a new Social Tribe, learning how to play the game, take ownership for their narrative, ultimately moving from the space of the Other, the marginal to one of belonging. She coaches to the power of the Transformative Self.
Her professional landscape has included providing workshops for the SEO, a joint venture involving the Governments of France, Quebec and Trillium Ontario, facilitating/leading an ongoing Cross-Cultural Support Group for Newcomers and Immigrants, working for global corporations in a variety of industries including The Ministry for the Environment of Germany, SKV/Cargill, Corus (British Steel), Elf Refineries, Sparkasse Bank, The Max Planck Institute, Unilever, Bayer, The Plan Group, B. Braun, and others.