A Gestalt therapist will focus on process; what is actually happening and what we can do about it rather than what was, what could have been or should be.
I believe that the more we understand and accept who we are, the more we are able to change.
My task is to help my client find their own solutions by raising their awareness of how their situation is affecting them and how they are responding to it. This highlights to the client how their own internal processes may be influencing the situation that they are in.
I think that it is very important for the client to feel that their therapist is the right therapist for them. I offer an initial consultation session at half my usual sessional fee to see if the therapy is suitable.
I offer therapy on a long or short-term basis, depending on your needs. You can contact me by email, phone or text to book, details are on my contact page.
I gained my Diploma in Counselling in 1999 following which I trained as a psychotherapist at The Gestalt Centre in London where I achieved my Masters in Gestalt Therapy and Psychotherapy Practitioners Diploma.
I have been a registered member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) since 2015 and am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I am bound by the BACP’s Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions and the UKCP’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practice.
I am an associate lecturer at Chichester University, facilitating groups on the BA(Hons) in Humanistic Counselling and welcome enquiries from therapy students.
The aim of Gestalt therapy is to accurately reflect our experience of ourselves and how we relate to others and the world. It believes that humans attempt to make meaning out of their experience, helping them to shape their understanding of themselves within their environment and how they react.
Gestalt is a German word that does not directly translate into English, it means shape, pattern or form. Different elements will form a unified whole that is different to the sum of it’s parts.The therapist views the client holistically and helps them to raise their awareness about what is happening, their thoughts, feelings, physical sensations, body language and voice-tone. This helps the client to make more sense of their experience.
A Gestalt therapist focuses on the present, believing that our past experiences and how they have shaped us will be available to us in the present moment. Any hopes or anxieties about the future will also stem from the present moment.
Gestalt therapy subscribes to a view that the more we try to be what we are not, the more we will stay the same. Paradoxically, the more that we are able to accept who we are, the more we will be able to change. Acceptance and understanding of who we are and what we do gives us more freedom and flexibility in how we respond to events in our lives.