My name is Gillian and I qualified as a counsellor at the The Gestalt Centre in London. I have been working with clients for over 6 years with both individuals and couples.
Gestalt looks at the person and their relation to the world as opposed to focusing on cures for specific ills but it has been used to help people suffering from a wide range of issues including; substance abuse, addiction, behavior disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, grief/loss, trauma, sex addiction, compulsive gambling, bipolar, depression and related conditions.
In practice, Gestalt practitioners work with clients to help them focus on self-awareness: on what is happening from one moment to the next or, as we often say, in the Here and Now. Increased awareness and understanding of the present, of one’s immediate thoughts, feelings and behaviour, and of patterns of relating can bring about powerful change and new perspectives. At times of personal difficulty, Gestalt offers people a safe, supportive space to explore difficult feelings, to understand the underlying patterns in personal relationships and to begin making practical changes. Gestalt’s emphasis on exploration and experimentation makes it hugely enlivening and creative; it’s holistic, humanistic and capable of helping people to make life changes.
When starting to work with a new client I use an assessment method based on family constellation theory to find out not only what has brought a person to therapy but also to understand the underlying family bonds and forces that have shaped a person's life, these may have been carried unconsciously over several generations. From there on I use a variety of experimental approaches to explore a clients issues and through understanding effect meaningful and long lasting change.
I offer as many sessions as are needed and as frequently as requested but most clients see me for an hour a week - either face to face or via Skype. If working via Skype I prefer to have at least the first session face to face, but am willing to explore any way of working that suits you the client.