See also: Register of Psychotherapists
The counsellors in this directory are professionally qualified with a Diploma in Counselling and have undertaken all or part of their training at the Gestalt Centre London. All are members of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or the Association of Humanistic Psychology Practitioners (AHPP). BACP members are bound by its Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and subject to the Professional Conduct Procedures therein. AHPP members work in accordance with AHPP’s Codes of Ethics and Practice and are subject to their Complaints Procedures. All members are committed to client confidentiality and continuing professional and personal development.
The counsellors are covered by professional indemnity insurance and work under regular supervision. Members offer a broad range of services to address a variety of client difficulties and concerns. Many practitioners bring additional skills and training to the therapeutic relationship and have developed expertise in particular ways of working.
Julie Andrews MA. Registered MBACP (Accred) Qualified in 1993, Julie believes that everyone can benefit from a session of counselling. Julie trained at the Gestalt Centre (Post-Graduate Certificate Gestalt Psychotherapy Theory) onto a Masters in Counselling at Goldsmiths University and Clinical Supervision – Certificate at Regent’s University London. Offers: counselling, ‘walking therapy’, individual & group supervision plus freelance training at City Lit offering ‘Introduction to Gestalt Counselling’ and facilitating their therapeutic Personal Development Diploma groups. Working with: high achievers, burn-out, bereavement, trauma, parenting, relationships, plus ongoing personal development.
Practice: EC2, EC1, WC2 and SE12.
Mob: 07986 589689
Samantha Arditti is a Registered MBACP Counsellor. Prior to training at the Gestalt Centre Samantha worked for over 25 years as a campaigner for environmental, animal welfare and human rights organisations in the UK and also internationally. She has experience of working with a wide range of issues including: anxiety, depression, sexual abuse, relationships, bereavement, pet bereavement, body image, ADHD, trauma, menopause and fertility issues. Samantha offers concessionary rates for students and people on low income. Her therapy room is less than 5 mins walk from Fulham Broadway tube station.
Practice: London SW6
Mob: 07815 778798
Susan Atkins Registered MBACP (Accred), offers long- and short-term individual work with adults and children around a variety of issues. As well as talking, she also draws on creative methods such as the use of sand and art materials to enable greater awareness of difficulties and challenges faced by both adults and children. She holds Diplomas in Gestalt Counselling and Play Therapy. She is an accredited member of BACP and accredited by PTUK.
Practice: on borders of Surrey and South London.
Mob: 07789 094893
Vivienne Barnett BSc(Hons), Reg.MBACP(Accred) is a Gestalt therapist, supervisor and coach – in practice since 1994 – with considerable experience in psychiatric and educational settings. Her personal style is warm and supportive – whilst challenging unhelpful assumptions and unhealthy ways of being in the world. She is a Gestalt Centre qualified supervisor and has an interest in working with trainees who are beginning clinical work. Vivienne is also a Gestalt coach. With a background in business, her emphasis is on working with those in positions of responsibility, which can feel isolating.
Practice: Camden, London NW1
Mob: 07722 177366
Anna Beckmann MBACP has a diploma in holistic counselling, a diploma in Gestalt counselling and an MA in Gestalt Psychotherapy. Anna has been counselling for 8 years, working with a variety of issues from shame, personality disorders, depression, burnout, addictions, self-esteem, grief, anxiety, PTSD and developmental trauma. She provides a nurturing, focused and non-judgemental space in which to explore inner patterns and behaviours while cultivating meaning and encouraging self-expression and awareness.
Practice: Ongea, Willen House, Old St, EC1V 9DX
Mob: 07592 835346
Andy Brett is a Registered MBACP with a Diploma in Humanistic Counselling from the Gestalt Centre in London. Andy has worked as a counsellor with Brighton and Hove LGBT Switchboard and the As You Are Centre in Shoreham. His experience covers stress, anxiety, anger, bereavement, separation, depression or low mood, lack of motivation, eating problems, self-harming behaviours, identity & sexuality issues, relationships and work-related issues. Andy offers private practice counselling for anyone wanting to create change, whether that’s in terms of how they approach the future, feel in the present or regard their past.
Peter Cartwright, Registered MBACP (Accred), trained at the Gestalt Centre and works in south-east London, a minute’s walk from Forest Hill station. He has worked as a counsellor since 2000 in various settings including the NHS, prisons and in private practice since 2006. Peter believes he helps people by enabling them to develop the self-awareness and inner resources they need to create a life more of their choosing. Peter also works as a group facilitator and trainer in the counselling, drugs and social-care fields. Previously he worked in prison education and project management.
Practice: Forest Hill, SE London
Mob: 07939 402691
Juliette Clancy is a Counsellor, Psychosexual & Relationship Therapist as well as a Trauma Therapist accredited by both the BACP & COSRT. She offers individual and couple counselling both long and short term. She works with a wide variety of issues that include: anger, shame, self-esteem, depression, grief, anxiety, relationships, sexual issues and abuse to name a few. She is empathetic, committed and passionate about her work understanding the importance and value in the client/therapist relationship to facilitate change. Her practice is in SW10 with the closest tube station being Gloucester Road.
Practice: London, SW10
Mob: 07969 787355
David Darvasi is a registered MBACP counsellor who works from Shoreditch and Camden. He has trained at the Gestalt Centre and was part of ELOP for a number of years where he worked with LGBTQ clients as both a counsellor and initial assessor. He sees counselling as a collaborative process where he facilitates a person’s attempt to be with whatever is going on for them in a space that is accepting and sensitively challenging. He supports people with a wide range of difficulties. (David also offers counselling in Hungarian.)
Practice: E1 and NW1
Mob: 07507 443568
Howard Davis, Registered MBACP (Accred), is an experienced mindfulness-based gestalt counsellor offering both face-to-face counselling and outdoor walking therapy. With a longstanding passion for the traditions of embodied, mindful and meditative wellbeing practices, his focus is towards the skillful means of bringing compassionate awareness to the causes of our suffering that allow for a greater choosing in how we respond to the circumstances we find ourselves.
Practice: Wild Mind Counselling, indoor practice located in Borough High Street SE1, outdoor practice in southeast London woods and park spaces
Mob: 07518 216226
Olufunmilayo (‘funmi) Ekani Registered MBACP: a black, female Gestalt counsellor who obtained her diploma from the Gestalt Centre in 2001. Her areas of interest include: domestic abuse, rape and sexual assault, self- worth, spirituality, effects of racism, identity & belonging, depression, anxiety, separation/divorce and loss, feelings of dissatisfaction with life. ‘funmi has 20 years’ voluntary sector experience working with victims of crime and women affected by domestic abuse. All sessions are 50 minutes and cost £65.
Practice: Stratford E15 and the Gestalt Centre NW1
Tel: 07947 811501
Vicky Eugenio, MA, UKCP Reg Gestalt Psychotherapist, MBACP (Accred) Counsellor. She studied and worked as a GP in Argentina before starting her counselling/psychotherapy training in the UK. Vicky has over 20 years’ experience working as a counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor for individuals, couples and organisations. She runs a private practice in Crawley and at the Gestalt Centre in London where she is also a Skills Tutor and Supervisor for the Diploma in Counselling Course. She offers Creative Supervision to trainee and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists. She is bilingual: English/Spanish.
Practice: Central London or Crawley
Tel: 01293 873974
Mob: 07916 910272
Kevin Foster is a Registered BACP (Accred.) counsellor, who abides by their code of practice. He has extensive experience working with individuals seeking support in areas, such as: stress, anxiety, work/life balance, relationships, depression, identity, and self-development. He is committed to providing an environment to talk and explore the difficulties you may be experiencing, in a safe and confidential space. He offers counselling face-to-face from his practice near Liverpool Street station (EC2), and over the telephone if more suitable for clients. Further information is available on his website.
Mob: 07989 279294
Katerina Georgiou, Reg MBACP, works in a GP surgery and privately. She writes for The Guardian and The Times and, before becoming a counsellor, was a Samaritans helpline listener for 4 years. She also worked for Samaritans during their research into male suicide and is a trained life coach for MIND. Her approach is warm and empathic – her aim is not to define who you are, but to support you to define yourself, getting to the crux of underlying feelings and what you want when you remove society’s expectations.
Practice: Highgate, London
Mob: 07980 814645
Sharon Cecilia Gilbert is a Registered Member of BACP. Sharon obtained her BACP-accredited Diploma in Counselling from the Gestalt Centre after successfully completing a Certificate in Person-Centred Counselling. Sharon provides a safe and confidential space for clients to look at what is troubling them. Sharon has experience of working successfully with individuals seeking counselling for a wide range of difficulties, including: low self-regard, stress, anxiety, anger, depression, relationship difficulties, loss and bereavement. Sharon has worked as a volunteer with Mind in Camden, the Samaritans and Brent Bereavement Services.
Practice: Gestalt Centre, NW1
Tel: 07570 376720
Nina Grant is a UKCP registered Child Psychotherapist and graduate of the Gestalt Centre Counselling Diploma. She works with adults, young people and children, exploring issues which might be getting in the way of living and learning. She provides a safe and supportive space for thoughts and feelings to unfold and be explored. She has worked successfully with issues of anxiety, bereavement and loss, relationship difficulties, stress and low self-esteem, learning difficulties. Low-cost counselling available for students and low income.
Practice: North London and the Gestalt Centre.
Tel: 020 76867094
Helen Hayes is a Registered Member MBACP (Snr Accred) and UKCP Registered Psychotherapist. She has practised for over twenty years and is qualified as an existential psychotherapist and integrative supervisor as well as a Gestalt counsellor. She has worked in women’s voluntary sector services, NHS primary care, and student counselling services. She has experience of working with people affected by a wide range of difficulties, including anxiety, depression, relationship problems, domestic violence, sexual issues, abuse, bereavement/loss, low self-esteem, work problems, trauma, identity crises.
Helen offers counselling, psychotherapy and supervision at the Gestalt Centre.
Practice: The Gestalt Centre
Mob: 07790 330514
Lorraine Angela King, Registered Member (BACP) trained at The Gestalt Centre. Lorraine also has training and experience in life coaching, CBT, systemic therapy and bereavement. She works with individuals both long and short-term, on issues including anxiety, procrastination, being stuck, relationships, grief, depression and coping with overwhelming feelings. Working with Lorraine, clients have fed back that they feel more aware, confident and better equipped to move forward in their lives. Her private practice is in Shoreditch High Street, E1 and Clapham South, SW12.
Mob: 07903 675125
Sachiko Kishi is an experienced registered MBACP Gestalt counsellor and UKCP psychotherapist with a background in the arts, mental health in higher education and in the community. She works collaboratively with a diverse client base in both 1:1 and group settings on a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, transition, difficulties in relationships, loss, disabilities, third culture, identity and difference. Sachiko is a tutor at the Gestalt Centre. She offers creative clinical supervision for therapists, professionals in the voluntary sector and in the NHS.
Practice: Kings Cross/Camden.
Mob: 07912 649100
Valerie Lemetayer Registered MBACP, trained at the Gestalt Centre. She believes that every client she works with is unique and her approach is therefore flexible and sensitive to each person’s individual life experience. Valerie works with clients from many walks of life, supporting them to face personal, emotional and behavioural issues that are adversely affecting their lives. She has experience in helping to resolve issues around different areas, including difficulties in relationships, anxiety, depression, loss and bereavement, self-confidence issues, loneliness.
Practice: NW1, W13, TW9, SE16 and Skype session
Mob: 07721 903903
Languages: English and French
Matt Martys, MA, registered MBACP (Accred), BAAT, HCPC. Qualifications include Gestalt Therapy, Art Psychotherapy, Mediation and Clinical Supervision. Matt offers private individual, couple and group therapy, supervision and an accredited mediation service. Over 20 years of counselling experience includes the NHS, charitable sector, education and private practice. He specialises in a range of issues including mental-health, anger, anxiety, bereavement, depression, self-esteem and sexuality, as well as supporting self-exploration. Current employment includes supervising and tutoring in counselling, and a faculty member for various colleges in the London area, including the Gestalt Centre London.
Mob: 07804 786966
Piotr Mierkowski, MA Dip Psych is a gestalt psychotherapist, supervisor and international trainer; in practice since 1991. Areas of his clinical expertise include relationships, life transitions, creativity, sexuality, love and loss. Piotr has considerable training in body therapy and works effectively with individuals experiencing various degrees of body-mind disconnection. His approach is gentle and invitational that nurtures a person’s authentic self, facilitates choices and self-expression, and increases capacity for intimacy with others. Piotr is bilingual (English/Polish) and works with individuals, couples and groups in his private practice in North London (N19). UKCP, Reg. MBACP(Accred).
Practice: London, N19
Tel: 07779 506412
Carole Simpkins is a Registered MBACP (Accred) Counsellor, having obtained a Diploma in Counselling from the Gestalt Centre, and more recently a Postgraduate Diploma in Gestalt Therapy. Carole works with a wide range of issues, including bereavement, workplace bullying, domestic violence, stress, anxiety, depression and relationship difficulties. She also has experience of volunteering as a Samaritan. Carole offers both short- and long-term counselling to individuals and couples at the Gestalt Centre (NW1), in Liverpool Street (EC2M) and in Muswell Hill (N10). Concessions available.
Practices: NW1, EC2M, N10
Mob: 07527 233980
Umaa Thampu is a Registered MBACP Counsellor. Umaa brings to her practice over 10 years’ experience of working with non-profit organisations. Her passion lies in working with body awareness and supporting others to tell their stories of life, love and loss. Umaa’s key skills are an ability to blend intuition, creativity whilst utilising Gestalt theory to enhance self-care. She can help create meaning when life hits you with a ‘curve ball’. Umaa’s interests are in relationships, anger, inner child and cross-cultural issues. Please visit her website below.
Practice: North and South London
Mob: 07751 589667
Roxana Wood Reg. MBACP (Accred.) practises at the Gestalt Centre, where she trained. Her background is in education and the visual arts. She has experience in long and short-term counselling covering various issues, including depression, anger, anxiety, low self-esteem, relationships, work/health issues, bereavement (incl. pets), trauma and loss. Roxana is also interested in the use of creative means to encourage personal exploration and in the issues of cross-cultural adjustment: the emotional strains caused by emigrating which may leave us feeling bereft and unsafe, isolated, depressed and create relationship difficulties.
Practice: The Gestalt Centre
Mob: 07866 037479
Sonya Anjari: MA, Registered MBACP (Accred 2007) is a Gestalt Centre trained Counsellor (2005) and Integrative Therapeutic Adolescent Counsellor (IATE 2009)
Sonya works creatively and holistically in the here and now. Building a therapeutic relationship together is key to creating a safe place where you can explore and increase your awareness. Sonya draws on 15 years of counselling experience in a variety of settings; education, drug and alcohol, youth offending, online therapy, charitable sectors, Equine Assisted, colleges and private practice.
Based in West Cornwall Sonya invites you to a phone conversation before meeting face-to-face.
Mob: 07961 816516
Julia Lake BSc (Hons), BSc, Dip. is a Registered MBACP Gestalt Counsellor. Julia has a background in healthcare as a Nurse and a Registered Osteopath. She has a keen interest in health and illness and the interrelatedness of psychological and physical health. She has experience working depression, anxiety, relationships, psychological and sexual abuse, and health related distress. Julia has an interest in working with the spiritual dimension of human experience. Julia offers low cost rates for people on low income.
Practice: Hertford, Hertfordshire
Mob: 07956 518027
Susan Atkins (see entry under LONDON)
Tel: 07789 094893
Sussex – East and West