Dorothy E. Siminovitch, PhD, MCC, a Master Certified Coach, is founder and principal of Gestalt Coaching Works, LLC and 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 the Gestalt Coaching Program in 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. Her third ICF-ACTP coach training program, the Gestalt Coaching Program in Toronto, launches in 2017. Dorothy honed her rich teaching, coaching, and consulting skills while serving in leadership and teaching roles at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and through her affiliation with other Gestalt centers and 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 and by invitation worldwide. She is evolving an integrative Gestalt-based practice though the Awareness IQ™ project.

  • Dorothy is a master — elegant, simple, provocative, deep and fully present to the moment and the opportunities at hand. Our leadership team gathers for a retreat and new learning each winter and last year we spent two magical days with Dorothy. Each leader on the team spends so much time teaching, coaching and consulting with individuals, teams, and larger scale organizations -- the power of our presence in the months to come was profoundly impacted through our work with Dorothy — what a gift to any leader!

  • Dorothy's presence transformed yet another repetitious day of mediocre slides and accepted wisdoms - to one of thought provocation, engaging purpose and inspiring hope.
    —Peter Fisk - The Genius Works /
  • I worked with Dorothy when she facilitated a group for Management Center Turkey. At the time I was providing personal development services for their faculty team and we all came together to do some group work with Dorothy. I have to say that Dorothy's skill at holding a group, facilitating their journey through areas of both business and personal lives and gently, yet firmly, moving everyone forward was nothing short of awesome. As an NLP Trainer, I'm used to elegant language and building effective relationships with groups - this lady is a true Master of both. What can I say? If you ever get the chance to work with Dorothy, grab it with both hands - in fact, I strongly urge people to MAKE the chance to work with her. You will never regret one minute of it!
    —Ralph Watson, Founder and Principal Consultant / Dynamic Communication Ltd
  • To spend time with Dorothy is to give yourself the gift of time with a warm, deeply caring, honest and direct person. She'll gently push buttons no one has pushed before in you, building awareness of your most pernicious patterns, then hold and support you while you work yourself out of your own way. Dorothy uses her mastery of these gifts and skills in many venues: as an executive coach, organization development faculty member and consultant/practitioner.
    —Mark Hollern, Organization Development Consultant
  • I was expecting an ordinary training workshop. It was not … This workshop has given me the power to [make] contact with myself, and more than that, the power to change myself.
    — Didem TEKAY, OD & Talent Management, Management Center Turkey
  • As a consultant, educator and facilitator, I am always inspired by Dorothy’s intuition , skill and her attention to the tiniest details in the moment. She spontaneously uses what the moment brings as a teaching point and creates a culture of constant learning. There is a lot more to learn from her wisdom. I always look forward to having new opportunities to meet Dorothy and learn from her. Just tell me the location, I’ll buy my ticket!
    —Zeynep Evgin Eryilmaz, PCC, EGCP Faculty, Coach, Consultant, and Facilitator, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Dorothy is a deep well of knowledge and experience, leaving you yearning for more. For Dorothy it is not about her - but all about you. Dorothy makes you feel honored and dignified in her presence and her unique cultural background enriches your experience as she shares herself with you. Dorothy you are a rare gem.
    —Belinda Maclachlan, Face2Face, Transition Coaching & Strategy Facilitation, South Africa
  • 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, Mindful Leadership Consulting
  • Dorothy is a gifted teacher and coach who facilitates deep learning through behavioral science theory coupled with fun. She creates a positive and open environment making it easy for individuals and groups to explore and find their own answers. Her leadership, collaborative spirit and encouragement inspires strength, learning and change to occur.
    —Joan Starkowsky, Executive Coach and Consultant, Sirocco Coach-Consulting, LLC
  • 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, Coach and OD Consultant, Israel


a gestalt coaching primer: the path toward awareness iq
a definitive guide to the essentials of gestalt coaching from a leading-edge practitioner

Dorothy demonstrates the range, relevance, and power of Gestalt core concepts, models, and practices for coaches, consultants and leaders facing the challenges of today's complex, ever-shifting environments. The elusive but essential concepts of awareness, presence, and strategic use of self are clearly explained and illustrated, supporting readers on a journey to personal and professional mastery. All coaches, whether experienced or novice, will find a wealth of knowledge and wisdom to draw from. Available from Amazon.

Our Mission

To provide excellent and transformative Gestalt-based coaching and consulting services to individuals, teams and organizations.

To provide world-class training in and human development through Gestalt-based coaching and group leadership.

To create a cross-cultural and broad-based forum for conversation with outstanding leaders in coaching, consulting, and Gestalt theory development.

Services Offered


Executive Coaching
Leadership & Management Development
Life Coaching


Teamwork Development
Retreat Design & Facilitation
Strategy Consulting


Consulting & Change Management
Board Development
Retreat Design & Facilitation
Long-range Planning

Gestalt Coaching Works and the Gestalt Center for Coaching reserve the right to change program details as necessary. If a course is cancelled or dates are changed, neither Gestalt Coaching Works nor the Gestalt Center for Coaching assume responsibility for non-refundable airline tickets, travel, lodging, or other expenses incurred. We highly recommend trip cancellation insurance and receiving program confirmation before purchasing non-refundable travel tickets.

Participant Cancellation & Refund Policies
Send your cancellation notice via email to Martha Lannoch, Administrator, at
·         If you cancel up to 30 days before the start date, you will be refunded your course tuition less a processing fee of $75usd.
·         If you cancel between 29 and 14 days before the start date, you will be refunded 50% of your course tuition.
·         Cancellation 13 days or fewer before the start date receives no refund.

If Gestalt Coaching Works or the Gestalt Center for Coaching cancels a program, we will provide as much advance notice as possible, and a full tuition refund will be given.