Years in Practice

25 years +


Burbank CA 91502 - United States


M.Psych, Other

Additional Expertise

Author, Career Coach, Career Counselor, Counselor/Therapist, Marriage/Couples Counselor, Sex Therapist

I Practice in

All areas, please inquire



I Believe

'Prayer and love are learned in the hour when prayer becomes impossible and the heart has turned to stone' - Thomas Merton

About Steve Vinay Gunther

My interest and study of psychotherapy spans 40 years. I have been in private practice for 30 years, working with individuals, couples and families. My training includes the following:

• Gestalt therapy

• Family therapy

• Career coaching

• Narrative therapy

• Family constellations

I have also trained in NLP, somatic psychotherapy and relational therapy.

My background includes theatre and clowning, street theatre, community activism, meditation philosophy and practice. I have run several businesses including a vegetarian cafe, a sign writing business, and a food coop.

I founded the Northern Rivers Gestalt Institute in Australia – a four year post graduate program that achieved registration with the education department. I was director of the program for 17 years, and responsible for all aspects of school including curriculum development, supervision, training and assessment.

I have developed a unique process called Career Decision Coaching™, which integrates a number of approaches in one focused session, and helps people find their ideal career path. I offer a training program for people who want to learn this coaching method.

I regularly teach in the US, Mexico, China and Japan. I am currently launching a Gestalt Therapy training program in China. One of my specialisations is in the area of psychotherapy and spirituality. I am director of Spiritual Psychology at Ryokan College, Los Angeles.

I am the author of a book for men called The Woman In Your Life – A Man's Guide to a Happy Relationship. I am in my second marriage, so this contains my accumulated learning, from my past mistakes!

I enjoy my work, and find a great deal of satisfaction from helping people move through their challenges, towards self discovery and empowerment. I find teaching and training particularly rewarding, and I integrate theory and experiential approaches in my educational approach.

I have 5 grown children and 4 grandchildren, and currently am based in Hobart, Tasmania. I am fascinated by systems theory and cybernetics, and am currently a doctoral student, working on a thesis about the interpersonal dimensions of power. I have written a number of published articles on the topic of professional ethics.