A Gestalt Therapist, Family Constellation Facilitator and Addictions Counsellor working with individuals, couples, families and groups Maria worked for more than a decade in various capacities, including Clinical Supervisor, at South Pacific Private Hospital. Previously co-director at Gestalt Therapy Sydney, she now devotes her time to doing what she loves which is Constellations work. Maria has studied Family Constellations with many world leaders in the field and conducting workshops and practitioner training on this work both locally and overseas regularly over the last few years. She has been instrumental in bringing Family/Systemic Constellation to Sydney as well as being part of
the organising committee for the first three Australasian Constellation
For the last 4 years she has been using Constellation work with clients
dealing with addictions, depression etc at Byron Private Treatment
About Maria Dolenc
‘Life for me started near Ljubljana, Slovenia. As the seventh of eight children, born into a 3rd generation farming family I developed a
preference for nature rather than school. In my early twenties, my husband, myself and our 2 year old son arrived in Australia, intending
to stay for two years. That was thirty five years ago. Two years later we had our second son. Speaking no English, having no family support,
and believing there was no way to return home, my life became smaller and darker until it was totally black with what I now understand as
being a depression. This continued for the next fifteen years before I experienced my nervous breakdown / through. Then my life took a
dramatically different direction. It began with participating in twelve steps groups, then exploration into my family of origin moving to
complete formal Gestalt Therapy training. It was at this point that I began to comprehend and see the gifts of my earlier depression.
For the next twenty years I applied my direct experience and training, working initially with youth in refuges and supporting families in crisis
as a family support counsellor. Since 1995 my focus has been on workshop facilitation, teaching and training along with providing
supervision for other therapists and students.
I continue to enjoy nature, living close to the beach and lake where I swim and walk regularly. I believe in living in harmony and balance,
which often incorporates playing with my 6 beautiful grandchildren. And oh yes, I very much enjoy a good coffee with my friends.”
Maria is a clinical member of GANZ, PACFA, ISCA as well as an accredited PACFA Supervisor.
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