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The Leadership Team

Marie-Anne Chidiac - Co Founder of Relational Change

Marie-Anne Chidiac, DPsych, UKCP Registered Psychotherapist, Gestalt Practitioner in Organisations, EAGT. Co-Founder and Director of Relational Change.

Marie-Anne is an experienced change and OD consultant, coach, trainer, psychotherapist and supervisor. She has a background in consulting having worked with board level executives and led major change management programmes both in the UK and Europe. She was also Deputy Head of a Gestalt training where she developed and taught diploma and MSc level courses in psychotherapy and organisational change. Marie-Anne is an Accredited Coach and Associate of Ashridge Business School and holds a D. Psych in Public Works with a focus on the synthesis of Gestalt psychotherapy and Organisational Development. To read an interview with Marie-Anne about her new book, please follow the link to the March 2018 Relational Change Newsletter.

Please contact at or on +44 (0)20 8398 9384

Sally Denham - Co Founder of Relational Change

Sally Denham-Vaughan, DPsych, Gestalt Practitioner in Organisations, EAGT. Co-Founder and Director of Relational Change.

Sally works as an Organisational Consultant, Accredited Coach/Coach Supervisor, Trainer and Facilitator with Public, Private, Academic and not-for-profit organisations in the UK and Internationally. She has a background in Clinical Psychology and Gestalt Psychotherapy with over 25 years’ experience in senior leadership positions in the NHS in the UK. She is an Associate with the Taos Institute and is chair of the committee for Gestalt Practitioners in Organisations, (GPO), within the European Association for Gestalt Therapy. Sally's work is grounded in a passion for ecology and co-emergence which she supports by regular long walks with her dog. Read more about Sally in the September 2018 Newsletter.

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Kate Glenholmes

Kate Glenholmes BSc.(Hons), RMN, Gestalt Practitioner in Organisations, EAGT.

Kate Glenholmes has over 25 year experience in healthcare settings, both operationally and strategically, having worked in variety of roles as a senior leader in the NHS. She started her gestalt career over 30 years ago and has trained in psychotherapy, coaching and organisational consulting. Kate currently works independently offering a range of OD/coaching services and has a particular interest in bringing a relational OD approach to complex and challenging systems.

Working with Relational Change gives me the opportunity to express my commitment to a relational way of working and the positive impact this can have for organisations and individuals.

Lynda Osborne

Lynda Osborne, DPsych, UKCP Registered Psychotherapist.

Lynda has been involved in counselling and psychotherapy for 30 years. After thirteen years in post she retired as Head of the Gestalt Department at the Metanoia Institute in London in 2012. Her doctorate addressed the senior management role in a psychotherapy training context. Lynda was the founding Chair of the UKAGP: the United Kingdom's National Gestalt Organization. She is a Teaching and Supervising Member of the Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute and a member of the UKCP HIPC Training Standards Committee. Lynda travels internationally training therapists, attending and presenting at conferences, visiting her family and enjoying new countries. Read more about Lynda in the June 2016 Newsletter

Lynda's interest in Relational Change is because, in her experience, the way we create/adapt to change is fundamental and relationships are at the heart of that process!

Miriam Taylor

Miriam Taylor, MSc., UKCP Registered Psychotherapist.

Miriam Taylor is a British Gestalt psychotherapist (UKCP registered), supervisor and international trainer who has been in private practice since 1995. Her background was in adult education before training as a counsellor and psychotherapist. She was clinical lead of a young peoples' service and for several years worked in a specialist trauma service. Miriam's particular interest is in the integration of trauma and the role of the body from a relational field perspective. She teaches in the UK and internationally, has been a trainer, Academic Consultant and examiner for Metanoia Institute, London, and is on the Leadership Team of Relational Change. Publications include "Trauma Therapy and Clinical Practice: Neuroscience, Gestalt and the Body" and several peer reviewed and invited articles. Read more about Miriam's work in the October 2016 Newsletter

Why Relational Change? Because I believe fundamentally that meaningful change happens from the bottom up. I have been drawn to the grass roots throughout my career - with individuals, in groups and in organisations. The skills we have as therapists are too valuable to be limited to those who can pay; I strive to make them more accessible to those who need them.

All members of the Relational Change Leadership Team provide their services on a wholly voluntary basis as a commitment to developing relational theory, praxis and the Relational Change Community.

Administrative Support and Website

Sally Taylor

Sally Taylor

Sally’s background is sales and marketing in a variety of industries. She has organised and run training courses and been publisher and editor of a very successful community magazine. She also provides a range of support services, such as digital marketing and website creation to therapists and small businesses.

I’m a passionate advocate for an holistic approach to mental health and well-being and firmly believe that nourishing relationships are key to this.

Jim Denham-Vaughan

Jim Denham-Vaughan, MSc. PGCE.

Jim’s background is as a Biomedical Scientist and Senior Manager in the British National Health Service. He has worked with various ICT, information and quality systems and has extensive experience of data quality monitoring and audit. Jim has tended the Relational Change website since set-up.

Relationship and context are vital to a holistic worldview. For me this means celebrating complexity and diversity; valuing each individual as unique, yet set within a wider world.

Research Advisor

Michael Clark

Mike Clark, PhD, Research Manager, NIHR School for Social Care Research at the London School of Economics.

Michael’s experience spans academia and health and social care.  He has worked at local, regional and national levels seeking to build stronger ties between research, policy and practice for them to better inform each other.  He states that sometimes this can feel like being sandwiched between different worlds, but always the way to make progress is through good relationships with people which brings their different knowledge and perspectives to a much more informative whole.

It is this primary interest in relationships that underpins his interest in working with Relational Change

Researcher in Residence

Helena Kallner

Helena Kallner, MA (Public Health and Ethnology), MSc (Gestalt Psychotherapy), UKCP Registered Psychotherapist.

Helena practices Gestalt psychotherapy in Stockholm and is a senior teacher and supervisor of Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy™, presenting workshops and trainings internationally. She is presently a doctoral student at Metanoia Institute/Middlesex University, researching psychotherapists’ use of movement and Kinesthetic Resonance. Helena works closely with Ekskäret Foundation (Sweden). Read more about Helena in the April 2017 Newsletter

I am involved with Relational Change simply because I believe that compassion and our ability to relate and resonate with each other is essential for our survival, and necessary in order to create a sustainable future.

Doctoral Researcher

Mickie Wing Yin Yau

Mickie Wing Yin Yau, PhD Scholarship Student, University of Divinity/Patrick and Anthony Wright Foundation, Australia.

Mickie works as a spiritual director, ministry supervisor and psychotherapist in Asia and Australia. She completed the Gestalt training through Gestalt Therapy Australia (Melbourne) in 2019. With her interest in psycho-spiritual growth, Mickie was awarded a PhD scholarship that is co-funded by the University of Divinity and the Patrick and Anthony Wright Foundation in Australia. The research project is an interdisciplinary study looking at how contemporary neuroscience research on meditation practices can dialogue with the practice of spiritual direction. She has chosen the concept of ethical presence in Christian spiritual direction as the focus of her research.

I am delighted to have support from Relational Change as I deeply believe in the impact and potential of relationships. I am interested in exploring how our developing relationship with non-human others and the interpersonal dialogue that emerges around these relationships through spiritual direction might impact well-being.

Supervisor: Sally Denham-Vaughan

Research Project (NGV/RC Bursary Award)

Leonie McCarthy

Project Manager: Leonie McCarthy, MBE

Leonie is the CEO of Peterborough Council for Voluntary Services and Communities East. She has a stunning track record in raising funds to support community-based initiatives. She set up and managed Peterborough's award-winning asylum and migration project, New Link. This was the UK's first integration project for Migrant Workers and local communities. In 2006 she was appointed to the Department of Communities and Local Government's Commission on Integration and Cohesion, the findings of which led to a £50m investment in bringing communities together. In recognition of this work she received her MBE in the New Year’s Honours List in 2009. In addition to her executive responsibilities Leonie is studying Gestalt Psychotherapy at The Gestalt Centre and is passionate in exploring how and in what ways the 'magic' of Gestalt, can be applied in community development and for wider social change. She can be contacted at

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