About Me

Registered Gestalt Psychotherapist Marina RikerI am a registered gestalt psychotherapist recognized by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and the European Association of Gestalt Therapists.

My career began in Croatia, working as a psychologist in occupational health and vocational rehabilitation. A curiosity about human behaviour sparked my interest in assessments, and my love of people guided me to the field of psychotherapy.

In Toronto, for over three decades, I have provided counselling and psychotherapy to women and gender-fluid populations who come from marginalized and diverse cultural communities.  My task has been to create the security and opportunities they needed in order to handle problems that emerged from their situation, experiencing dismissal, ignorance, division, disempowerment and inequality.

As a psychotherapist, I have an appreciation for the whole person in her/their life context. I create space for people to explore what they need when facing change freely. In doing so, I apply gestalt therapy and integrate it with somatic therapy, mindfulness, and compassion-based interventions. I intend to offer an atmosphere of authenticity, empathy and equanimity. This atmosphere supports the person to engage in a moment-to-moment experience with tenderness and ease and ultimately to respond effectively to emerging life circumstances. My strengths as a relational gestalt psychotherapist lie in providing a safe and supportive one-on-one or group environment in which individuals are inspired to discover a greater capacity for satisfaction and passion in living. They develop richer and deeper relational capabilities.

I have a home-based private practice in Etobicoke.

My articles have been published in Psychologica Magazine.


 Professional Qualifications:

Registered Psychotherapist, Certificate of Registration – College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario
H. BSc. in Psychology – University of Rijeka, Croatia
MA Program in Clinical Psychology – University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Post-Diploma Certificate in Psychometrics – York University, Toronto, Canada
Post Graduate Certificate in Gestalt Therapy – Gestalt Institute of Toronto, Canada
The European Certificate in Gestalt Psychotherapy – EAGT, The Netherlands
The World Certificate of Psychotherapy – WCP, Vienna, Austria

Professional Associations:

College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OAMHP) – Certified Member
European Association of Gestalt Psychotherapy (EAGT) – Ordinary Member
World Council for Psychotherapy – General Member