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Rita Jokay


Rita has been working as an OD consultant, facilitator and coach for more than 25 years. Originally interested in how different HR systems (performance appraisal, competencies, career development) can support human development, Rita then turned to the human dynamics of change including a focus on leadership development, teambuilding and team development. She is experienced in change processes where she uses her energy and genuine curiosity to develop both organizational and individual awareness in order to support better decision making. In her approach she combines structure with support, giving direction while letting things happen, and providing safety while also letting people learn from uncertainty. 

Rita’s work experience spans a variety of industries, such as electronics, finances, manufacturing, IT, telecommunication, pharma and healthcare. She has served numerous multinational organizations, including TetraPak, GSK, Philip Morris, Friesland, E.ON, DHL, Danone, Novartis, Pepsi Americas, IBM, AXA, and Telenor, PWC, Bridgestone, Lidl. She has also experiences with local, self-made business organizations.

She received her BA and MA in business studies at the University of Economics Budapest in 1996, where her major was Organizational Development. She also studied in the Management Program of the Limburg Business School in Belgium in 1994. She became a coach in 2008; her interest to personal development brought her to enhance her studies in that field, therefore she attanded the Norwegian Gestalt Institute’s 4 year Gestalt therapist program, where she graduated in 2014. She is accredited by the Eurepean Associate of Gestalt Therapy and the European Associate of Psychotherapy where she is an ECP holder. Later on she also accomplished the Gestalt Supervision Training of the Norwegian Gestalt institute, where she graduated in 2018. She is now a first year student of the Somatic Experiencing Practitioner Program in Budapest. She has participated in numerous workshops and conferences on how to apply Gestalt methodology to organizational and individual development.

She has a private practice as a Gestalt Therapist since 2014, where she works with individuals and couples. As a supervisor she works with practicing therapists and participates as a supervisor in the Gestalt Therapy Training Program of Budapest Gestalt Institute.She is the founder of Gestalt Center Budapest which aims to provide space for learning in different ways based on Gestalt approach and methodology. As a Gestalt practitioner she always follows her natural interest and curiosity in her work. She can mobilize huge energy and bravery in order to create or to change something.

Rita lives in Budapest but works globally, she works in English and in Hungarian, and speaks basic German. Her husband is also a change management consultant, they together also facilitate off-site workshops on team development. They have three kids: Kristóf, 21; Benedek, 19; and Petra, 13 and looking forward to having a dog.

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