Meet Dorothy


“She represents the strength and wisdom that gives me trust in the process, and the comfort to face the challenges.”

Dorothy is perhaps best known by colleagues, clients, students, and presentation participants as someone whose inviting warmth inspires trust, intimacy, and hope. Engaging and observant, she practices her passionate commitment to being aware in the moment, to bringing her transformational presence to bear in every encounter, and to perceiving and offering new possibilities and choices. In her most recent book, A Gestalt Coaching Primer: The Path Toward Awareness IQ, Dorothy identifies masterful use of self as being able to discern what clients need in the moment. Here are some comments by Dorothy’s students and clients that illustrate her ability to discern their challenges and learning edges:

  • “How Dorothy mirrors me is amazing – I am then amazed with my learning.”
  • “She represents the strength and wisdom that gives me trust in the process, and the comfort to face the challenges.”
  • “Words may not be enough to articulate her wisdom, and in the department of understanding the feelings of people, how impactful she is. Her passion for her work impressed me.”
  • “Miracles happen with her.”

Most importantly, Dorothy is dedicated to sharing her knowledge and wisdom with others in ways that promote their positive learning and development as both individuals and coaches, and in interactive venues that influence and enrich her own knowledge and understanding. Her most profound impact is as a coach, educator, mentor, and coach trainer

She conceived and co-taught the first coaching program at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland (GIC), the International Gestalt Coaching Program, an  ICF Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP), where she served as chairperson, faculty, and Director of Training. Subsequently, she established the ICF-ACTP Eurasian Gestalt Coaching Program, now known as the Gestalt Coaching Program in Istanbul, serving as both faculty and Director of Training. Dorothy continues to create innovative workshops and training programs that serve the coaching community, while working with rising talents and future trends around the world.

Dorothy is an ICF  master coach, mentor coach, consultant, coach trainer, presenter, and author, known for her pioneering and evolutionary work in Gestalt coaching and for promoting Awareness Intelligence (Awareness IQ) as a critical leadership competency for 21st-century organizational and life challenges. She earned her PhD from Case Western Reserve University’s distinguished Weatherhead School of Management in Organizational Behavior. Early on, she embraced the International Coach Federation as the leader in coaching ethics, standards, and certification, earning her Master Coach Certification (MCC) in 2005. She has been invited to work with both international commercial and non-profit public-service organizations, and is a well-received speaker at coaching conferences. She is co-author of the Awareness20/20™ leadership awareness development instrument.

Dorothy lives in Toronto and Cleveland and is at home in Istanbul when she works there.  She teaches in English and is able to speak in French when needed.  Her love of languages is evident in her commitment to bringing in the depth of expressions in Turkish and Hebrew.