What is Gestalt Counselling?

The German word ‘gestalt’ means ‘pattern,’ ‘form’ or ‘constellation' and is loosely translated in English as 'the whole picture'. Gestalt psychotherapy is therefore a way of exploring the psyche in a way that sees a person’s feelings, body and mind as a whole – it's a holistic approach.

In gestalt counselling the therapist and the client look at both a person's ‘verbal dialogue’ (they talk about what they are thinking and feeling) and their ‘energy dialogue’ (what they experience in their body and how their body responses unconsciously), making a connection – a gestalt, between a person's mind, emotions and body.  With the Gestalt process, people learn to become more aware of how their negative thought patterns and behaviours are blocking true self-awareness and making them unhappy.

This process requires a lot of thinking, feeling and guidance from a counsellor and is proven to help in several's aspects of one's life.

 
My tailored approach

As a MBACP accredited Gestalt Practitioner with over 20 years of experience, I developed a comprehensive and holistic therapy approach.

I work with and explore every aspect of someone's individuality, from how they think and articulate themselves in their personhood, to the ways in which emotional wounding and trauma can manifest and express itself in the physical body.

Whether the therapeutic journey is explicitly body-oriented, spiritual, experimental or practical – or a combination of all of these approaches, I work differently with each one of my clients as each person is a unique individual. In every case, I completely respect and honour a person's values and beliefs. From my perspective, therapy is about two people engaging each other with their personal experiences and beliefs, their gender, sexuality, age and cultural backgrounds to grow and move together towards peace, aliveness, healing and happiness.

Topics and issues I can help you with

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Crisis/Breakdown

  • Emotional Abuse

  • Identity issues

  • Stress

  • Self-sabotage

  • Low Self-Confidence

  • LGBTQA+

  • Sexual life

  • Relationships problems

  • Anxiety

  • Bullying

  • Depression

  • Spiritual Questioning

  • Addictions

  • Anger management

  • Bereavement (loss of dear ones)

  • Adolescence issues

  • Couples counselling

  • Eating disorders

  • Life Transitions

 
 
What we'll do

Working together, we will explore the following:

  • The essential patterns of your existence

  • The main themes of your life

We will explore the above patterns and themes as origins in your childhood and adulthood, their expression and influence in your current life and ways in which, if needed, they can be modified.

As a Gestalt practitioner, I will aim to continuously promote your awareness by working with body movements, vocal patterns and styles, one-to-one interactions, and where appropriate, through the use of experimentation in a safe, professional and supportive environment. In addition to the development of awareness, I will also take a strong focus on helping you improve your ability to emotionally self-support and strengthen interpersonal contact.

As you become more aware of their body, mind, environment and spiritual self, you will better able to create vivid, meaningful experience, improving the quality of your life and making better, more satisfying decisions.

Location and fees

Location

Sessions takes place in London in the Earl's Court (Kensington) area. The area is easily reached by Underground (District, Central and Piccadilly Line), Overground, National Rail and by several buses.

 

Fees for individuals

A 50 minutes session for an individual is £60.

 

Fees for couples

A 50 minutes session for a couple is £80.

Concessions

I have a few slots available for students and people at lower income. Simply enquire me for slots availabilities. 

 
Getting started

Free assessment

During an initial chat in person, on the phone or via Skype, I can get an understanding of your needs so we can see if I am a right person for you.

 

First session

Here we start analysing your problems and make a plan on how to tackle them, including follow up sessions. Usually it works best to start with weekly sessions though the length of the therapy may vary from a couple of weeks to longer depending on the individual (or on the couple).

Cancellations

If a problem arises for which you are unable to attend, please let me know as soon as possible as other people might benefit from that spot

To get started you can either:

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Get in touch

I'm based in London SW5, UK.

deanaddams@mac.com  |  +44(0)7736 255149

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