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My philosophy is that we are all unique and perfect people but we may not know or believe that we truly are. As a Gestaltist, my focus of work is to achieve greater awareness (which in and of its self is transformative) and for me is simply remembering. Not what happened years ago, but who we truly are: “That we are enough, whole and complete”. My work is in helping others to own, integrate and fully assimilate every aspect of themselves. There is always a basic human need to seek resolution and closure (a gestalt) that at some level (of sadness, anger, frustration, confusion or longing) clamours for attention. This is very difficult to do on our own, hence the service I provide as a counsellor.
I work in the here and now and may often ask my clients “What is being experienced right now?” in the moment.
There are many reasons people seek counselling or therapy. You may be going through an acute and distressing experience such as bereavement, relationship or work difficulties. You may have a more general issue such as stress, anxiety, depression or just feeling something’s not quite right in your life. You may have a desire to understand yourself better, or to feel more in control and change patterns of behaviour. Being able to talk through your thoughts and feelings in a safe setting, without fear can be a tremendous relief. Should you feel unsure whether counselling is for you, please do give me a call: 01329 282582 to explore your questions.
I am usually asked what Gestalt therapy is and how does it work? This is not easy to explain because Gestalt therapy is about the human experience and so the best way to understand what it means is “experientially” – doing it yourself. It is also a therapy that would need so many words to describe and explain (there are hundreds of books and web sites on this matter but I have given some pointers below). It is also unique to each moment experienced between two or more people.