Joe De Paula currently practices as an Organization & Human Systems Development Consultant, conducting organizational change interventions , small group facilitation, personal development group as well as life coaching services. He received an M. A. in Organization & Human Systems Development (OSD) at Antioch University, Yellow Springs, Ohio. Joe began his training as a Gestalt Therapist at the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Philadelphia from 2003 to 2006; He then trained as a member of Bud Feder’s Gestalt Group Therapy Training and Supervision group from 2007 to 2012. He also trained at the Gestalt International Study Center on the Cape Cod Model in 2009, where Dr. Edwin Nevis served as one of primary mentors. His M.A. thesis was on the Buddhist influence in Gestalt Therapy, comparing the Gestalt Continuum of Awareness to the Buddhist view of Awareness. He has trained in Mindfulness Meditation since 1999, including Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Self-compassion and other Mindfulness related methods such as “Mindful Focusing,” and he is still actively involved in his own mindfulness practice.
Since 2004, he has been a member of the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy (AAGT) and served on the Board for 3 years and served on the AAGT Ethics Committee, He has been a member of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy for 5 years and is the current Treasurer of NYIGT. He has also trained at the Coaches Training Institute in 2011-2012 in Life Coaching. Joe conducted a workshop presentation on a Gestalt Group Work Model at the AAGT Conference in Puebla, Mexico. (May 2012) He also conducted a Gestalt Training Workshop on, March 15 and 16, 2013 at CESIGUE Gestalt Institute, Xalapa, Mexico, where he worked with students and graduates of the Institute on applying the Gestalt view of Awareness, the Paradoxical Theory of Change, Gestalt Group Process and Mindful Focusing to Gestalt Personal Development/Gestalt Therapy Groups. He has also led Gestalt Personal Development groups at other Gestalt training Centers such as the Appalachian Gestalt Training Institute (AGTI).