An ICF Accredited Coach Training Program

The Gestalt Coaching Program in Toronto

The Gestalt Coaching Program in Toronto (GCP–Toronto) is an ICF Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP), is a Gestalt-based approach to coaching that incorporates cutting edge coaching theories from thought leaders worldwide. This program is founded on core Gestalt values, which hold that it is the awareness of self and others, in the context of aware possibilities, that support choice for intervention and success. A central Gestalt coaching belief is that 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.

The program teaches the theory and practice of coaching leadership and management using the fields of Gestalt theory, concepts, and methods. Participants develop a system of ongoing assessment, practice coaching, and receive feedback and guidance in the coaching behaviors needed for individual, executive, and organizational coaching engagements. This program is targeted to support effective coaching interventions with individuals, groups, and complex systems. Participants also learn how to design their coaching practice to stimulate client learning, development, creativity, and intentional and transformational change.

The program:

  • Four 4.5-day sessions over 7 months (18 days of face-to-face teaching)
  • An online tele-seminar series between sessions
  • A student–faculty ratio of 4 to 1
  • A faculty mentor assigned to each student
  • A full-immersion, experiential learning environment that supports participants to embody the teachings

GCP–Toronto satisfies all requirements for the ICF credentialing application for program participants, which differs from the many other ACTP programs that usually ask their participants to attend additional certification workshops or training programs. Graduates of GCP–Toronto need only to take an oral coaching exam with GCP–Toronto faculty after the program ends to receive a certificate of completion, which enables them to apply for ICF credentialing via the ACTP track (the exam entails an additional $300 fee).



Dorothy E. Siminovitch, PhD, MCC is an individual, team, and leadership development coach. She co-introduced and co-developed the International Gestalt Coaching Program (IGCP), the first gestalt based ICF accredited program. The Eurasian Gestalt Coaching Program (EGCP) is the second gestalt based coaching program, worldwide, to achieve ICF certificaton. EGCP delivers training to consultants, coaches, human service providers, and business executives who wish to learn or improve their coaching skills. Dorothy is a co-owner and faculty of EGCP. She delivers workshops and coaching services in the United States, Canada, Bernuda, Turkey, and Israel.


Dost Can Deniz, MBA, MCC-Center Co-Leader

Dost Deniz, MBA, MCC is the first Master Certified Coach, as accredited by International Coach Federation in Turkey and South East 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 is a pyschologist, an educationalist, expressive arts therapist and a Master Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation. She has established her own preschool KIDS and is the founder of Increa Creative Coaching & Consulting. Currently she works with high level executives, leaders, professionals, groups and organisations in Turkey and abroad. Besides coaching, she designs tailor made experiential trainings and workshops using creative techniques. She coaches in Turkish, English and French. She is a part–time faculty member in the Education Department of Bosphorus University. She is a co-owner and faculty of the Eurasian Gestalt Coaching Program (EGCP).

Program Faculty: 

Zeynev Evgin Eryılmaz, MA, PCC Faculty

Zeynep Evgin Eryilmaz, MA, PCC 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, PCC is an ICF‐Professional Certified Coach, executive coach, and trainer 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. 


Elif Suner Biçer, MBA, PCC Faculty

Elif Suner Biçer, MBA, PCC is an ICF‐PCC accredited group and executive coach and trainer. Elif is a partner at Eurosis Consulting in charge of executive coaching, training, and people development services. She has been serving local and international companies in a broad cross‐section of industries in Turkey and abroad, including conglomerates, retail, consumer products, industrial products, energy, telecom, and hospitality services for more than 20 years. She has been leading complex organizational development, change management, human resources transformation, and people development engagements. Elif’s main objective is to design and conduct outstanding coaching, organizational, and people development solutions which will stimulate corporate and individual performance. She is excited to witness executives, teams, and individuals reveal their inner power and develop their own potential during her training and coaching at both corporate and individual levels.


Yeşim Özlale Önen, MA, ACC Faculty

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.

Program dates: (all sessions run Wednesday through Sunday)



Tuition: tba

A limited number of scholarships are available based on need.


Venue: Downtown Toronto


For more information:

Via phone: (+1) 416.935.1554

Via email: 

Dorothy Siminovitch:
Gila Şeritçioğlu:
Dost Deniz:

Also visit: Gestalt Center for Coaching


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