WELCOME TO THE GESTALT CENTRE

We are the UK’s foremost provider of training in Gestalt: an enlightening and life-changing approach to counselling, psychotherapy and organisational development.

As an established centre of excellence for over 40 years, we offer UKCP/BACP accredited professional training in counselling and psychotherapy and CPD programmes for therapists as well as professionals working in organisations. Alongside training, the centre is also a vibrant hub for a range of therapeutic practices that enhance mental and psychological wellbeing and a welcoming space for professionals and organisations to meet, learn and work.

Our vision is a world where meaningful and fulfilling relationships lead to wellbeing and positive change in people’s lives.

Our purpose is to promote the mental and psychological well-being of individuals, groups and organisations through Gestalt education, training and practice.

We draw inspiration and energy from Gestalt practice and our valuing awareness of ourselves and other, collaborative working and openness to diversity of voices, and the view that we are all connected and therefore together responsible for our communities and organisation.

Based in Camden, London, our part-time programmes and short courses can prepare you for a career in counselling or psychotherapy, accelerate your professional development as a therapist or person centred professional working in/with organisations or simply inspire a positive new perspective on people, relationships and life.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES WITH US

Keep up to date with information about career opportunities at The Gestalt Centre – from administration and finance to faculty and management – by visiting the Join Us section of our website.

EQUALITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

At the Gestalt Centre we value equity and inclusion and welcome diversity and difference in backgrounds, identities, cultures and voices. It is integral to who we are and how we work.

We recognise the existence and impact of racism, discrimination and oppressions in our society. Living and working within it, we continuously pay attention to our practice for self-awareness, awareness of intersectionality and strive for anti-discriminatory action, as people and as an organisation.

For us, equity and diversity go beyond inclusion. We know the more diverse we are, the better we can be as an organisation – better decisions, training and work grounded in collective experience and insight.

We strive to create a working and learning environment reflecting the diversity of our society, where colleagues, students and practitioners feel they belong, can be themselves and do their best work.

We strongly encourage suitably qualified and /or experienced applicants from a range of backgrounds, experiences and skills to apply and join us. We work hard to accommodate any particular needs of colleagues, students and practitioners working with us.

Our accessibility provisions include:

  • Step-free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms.
  • Provision of hearing loops
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats
  • Accessibility support across recruitment, training and working with us

If you would like to attend a course with us or therapy at the centre and would like to discuss accessibility, please get in touch for a confidential chat on how we can best fulfil your needs.

GESTALT CENTRE STATEMENT ON CONVERSION THERAPY

At the Gestalt Centre, we believe that the practice of conversion therapy, whether in relation to sexual orientation or gender identity, is unethical and potentially harmful.

We support the work to ban conversion therapy in all settings.

“’Conversion therapy’ is an umbrella term for a therapeutic approach, or any model or individual viewpoint that demonstrates an assumption that any sexual orientation or gender identity is inherently preferable to any other, and which attempts to bring about a change of sexual orientation or gender identity, or seeks to suppress an individual’s expression of sexual orientation or gender identity on that basis.”Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Conversion Therapy in the UK

“The MoU (Memorandum of understanding) is a joint document signed by over 25 health, counselling and psychotherapy organisations which aims to end the practice of conversion therapy in the UK. The primary purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is the protection of the public through a commitment to ending the practice of ‘conversion therapy’ in the UK.

The 2017 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) makes it clear that conversion therapy in relation to gender identity and sexual orientation (including asexuality) is unethical, potentially harmful and is not supported by evidence. It updates the 2015 version released at the Department of Health, which focused exclusively on sexual orientation.

The MoU also intends to ensure that:

  • the public are well informed about the risks of conversion therapy
  • healthcare professionals and psychological therapists are aware of the ethical issues relating to conversion therapy
  • new and existing psychological therapists are appropriately trained
  • evidence into conversion therapy is kept under regular review
  • professionals from across the health, care and psychological professions work together to achieve the above goals”

Extract from the BACP statement, Memorandum of understanding on conversion therapy in the UK (bacp.co.uk)

The UKCP statement can be found at UKCP statement: Conversion therapy (psychotherapy.org.uk)

As Gestalt Centre, we urge the government to progress with the publication of the draft bill, without further delay and ensure that it bans conversion therapy of all forms for all LGBTQIA+ people and in all settings. The ban of Conversion Therapy is essential to protecting millions of LGBTQIA+ people across the country, from unethical and inhumane treatment.

BLACK LIVES MATTER

We at The Gestalt Centre add our voice to the condemnation of racism in all its manifestations. As a therapy and training organisation, we strive to keep recognising the depth to which racism exists, in each of us and in our institutions and social structures. We work to support the undoing of the impact of racism for all communities. We understand that this undoing is an essential component in promoting the mental and emotional health of all peoples. We strive to develop our capacity to instil through training and practice the essential right to self-determination. We believe that therapy must include supporting people to live life to the fullness of their capacity and to enable fulfilment of their potential – by choice.

CALLING ON GESTALT PRACTITIONERS INTERESTED IN RUNNING SHORT COURSES FOR THE GESTALT CENTRE

This has been an extraordinary year, with the pandemic giving rise to a growing need for emotional and psychological support. At the Gestalt Centre, we are expanding our professional development programme of short courses, for practitioners working in the field emotional and psychological health, to further support them and their clients.

If you are Gestalt trained and are interested in delivering a short course or workshop on any of the themes below:

Working with:

  • children
  • adolescents
  • experiences of domestic violence and related power/abuse issues, heightened anxiety, fear and distress.

or any other subject that could be equally helpful for practitioners, please do get in touch by contacting Archibald Rotap at assistant.admin@gestaltcentre.org.uk or on 020 7383 5610

 

GET IN TOUCH WITH US

Our staff team is available and can be contacted by email to answer your questions and discuss Gestalt Centre training programmes and room hire opportunities in greater detail.

 

General Course Information and Enquiries –
Angela Jordan, enquire@gestaltcentre.org.uk

Room Hire Information and Enquiries –
Lynn Major, info@gestaltcentre.org.uk

Get in touch

“The whole is other than the sum of its parts.”

Gestalt psychologist, Kurt Koffka

GET IN TOUCH

Questions on courses, timings or fees? Ready to book your place? Want to know more about room hire or finding a counsellor? We have the answers you’re looking for.

Add your name plus a contact email address or telephone number to the contact form and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. Alternatively, you can call us (8.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday) on the number below.

CALL US ON 020 7383 5610