For many students, our Psychotherapy Programme is a huge personal journey – as challenging as it is satisfying. You’re not just learning how to do something – you’re learning how to be something.
Hands-on and highly effective, this programme is delivered by staff with many years of clinical practice, supervision and teaching experience. You’ll learn through a combination of group work, personal study, therapy – and many hours of practice.
As you progress, you’ll develop your self-awareness and understanding of yourself as well as acquiring a wealth of practical and creative skills to improve the way you relate to others and help them to effect life changes. You’ll work towards an MA in Gestalt Psychotherapy (awarded by London Metropolitan University) and professional registration with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) – everything you need to embark on a successful career as a Gestalt psychotherapist.
Who takes this programme?
We attract a range of interest. Some people view this as a five-year commitment: a means of achieving their goal of working as a professional Gestalt therapist. Others sign up for the first course – the Diploma in Professional Development – and see where it leads them. We always recognise prior learning so in some cases, you can join the Psychotherapy Programme at Certificate, Diploma or MA level
How the programme works
The easiest way to understand the programme structure is a foundation year (Diploma in Professional Development), followed by a three-year MA (awarded by London Metropolitan University) and finally, a year gaining the practical experience required to achieve UKCP accreditation. Many of our trainees proceed through these five courses together, forging new friendships and forming a supportive peer group along the way.
Year 1: Diploma in Professional Development
An essential introduction to the concepts and methodology of Gestalt therapy. Successfully completing this year – a mix of group learning and study of the key ideas plus individual therapy – gives you a Diploma from London Metropolitan University and admission to the MA section of the programme. View full course details
Year 2: Postgraduate Certificate in Gestalt Therapy
The start of a three-year Masters in Gestalt Psychotherapy (awarded by London Metropolitan University) beginning with an in-depth assimilation of Gestalt Therapy theory and practice. View full course details
Year 3: Postgraduate Diploma in Gestalt Therapy
During the second year of the MA, you’ll begin to translate theory into practice and develop your facilitation skills by carrying out Gestalt therapy in individual settings. View full course details
Year 4: MA in Gestalt Therapy
The third and final year of the MA. Here, you’ll intensively sharpen your therapeutic skills and insight as well as building up your skills and experience through work with clients on a placement. In this year, you will complete your portfolio dissertation, combining case studies and theory, to gain your MA. View full course details
Year 5: Psychotherapy Practitioner Diploma
After gaining your MA, you’ll concentrate on developing your practice receiving referrals via the Gestalt Centre’s low-cost therapy scheme and running a personal development group. Success in your final case studies will lead to professional registration with the UKCP as a Gestalt psychotherapist ready to work with both groups and individuals. NB This stage may take more than a year to complete. View full course details
Our phenomenal experience of teaching and practising Gestalt means that you won’t find a more practical, rigorous or rewarding route towards your professional qualification. Here are some of the features of the Psychotherapy Programme that you can look forward to.
Experiential group work
The core of the training are the weekly group and weekend intensives. These offer the opportunity to immerse yourself fully in Gestalt process, method and skills alongside your peers and course tutors. The idea is to foster a supportive and challenging learning community, so it’s important that everyone on the programme makes a commitment to consistently attend.
Lectures, seminars & peer study groups
Theoretical study is via a programme of lectures, seminars, peer study groups, trainee presentations and on-going commentary on group experience. This is supported by reading recommended texts. You need to submit written assignments throughout the training, culminating in an MA dissertation.
Personal study time is an important element. Whilst working towards your Masters, you’ll need to allow around four hours a week in Year 2, six to eight hours in Year 3 and eight to ten hours in Year 4.
Bringing skills to life
This isn’t textbook learning. Our staff have vast practical experience of bringing Gestalt skills to life. Wherever possible,we tap into trainees’ creativity and intuition so that interventions feel fresh and alive in terms of the dialogue between the client and therapist.
You’ll need to undertake weekly individual Gestalt therapy yourself for the duration of the training. This is beneficial for personal development but also to experience the Gestalt process from the client’s perspective. Later in the programme, some students opt to gain experience of other therapy approaches.
From Year 3 (PG Diploma level) onwards, supervised clinical practice becomes a key part of your learning. Supervision is a proven way to give a safe, supportive educative space for you to discuss your work with individual clients. This happens both in a one-to-one setting and in groups.
During the latter part of Year 2 (PG Certificate), students who aren’t already working with clients, arrange their own counselling placement in conjunction with the core tutor. This is when you can really begin to put theory into practice.
Mental health placement
Students without experience of psychiatric mental health work must arrange a placement – usually during Year 4 (the final year of your MA) or Year 5 (the Psychotherapy Practitioner Diploma).
PSYCHOTHERAPY TRAINING: SELF FUNDED STUDENTS
|Termly||Monthly standing order||Total Annual Fee||Discounted annual fee
when paid in a single payment
|Y1 (DPD)||£1,768* x 3||£442 x 12||£5,304||£5,104|
|Y2 (Certificate)||£1,768* x 3||£442 x 12||£5,304||£5,104|
|Y3 (Diploma)||£1,768* x 3||£442 x 12||£5,304||£5,104|
|Y4 (MA)||£1,823* x 3||£455.75 x 12||£5,469||£5,269|
|Y5 (PPD Diploma)||£1,586* x 3||£396.50 x 12||£4,758||£4,558|
*Fees include £4 per term/£12 per year UKAGP membership. This is an optional payment.
It is a requirement that psychotherapy students are in individual therapy for the duration of their training. The fees for individual therapy are paid by the student directly to their therapist and may range from approximately £55 to £75 per session and are additional to the training fees quoted here. Students from the PG Dip year onwards must undertake individual supervision with a qualified supervisor whose fees are also paid directly by the trainee and are additional to the training fees quoted here.
The full fee for the year is discounted by £200 when paid in one single payment.
Spreading the cost
Students may benefit from interest-free credit by setting up a standing order for 12 x monthly instalments commencing 1st July.
Fees are due during the following months:
- Autumn term and the year: July
- Spring term: November
- Summer term: February
Fees paid after the end of the named months, or a monthly standing order not paid by the end of the month it is due, unless a prior arrangement has been made with the Finance Manager, will incur a £50 charge for additional administrative costs.
Acceptance of a place on the training course will be a one-year contract renewable in July for commencement in September of each year and it is a condition of the contract that fees are paid in accordance with the above schedule. Should a trainee leave before the completion of a year’s training, the fee for the year will be payable.
For details of fees for sponsored students, get in touch with us.