Applications for our Diploma in Professional Development, Certificate, Diploma and Masters in Gestalt Therapy training courses are open. Please see individual course pages for details.

This one-year, part-time course is an ideal introduction to the lively, creative Gestalt approach. It’s taken either by aspiring psychotherapists as the first stage of our Psychotherapy Programme or as a stand-alone course by people-focused professionals keen to develop their relationship-building skills and gain a recognised qualification in the process.

Who takes this course?

  • People who want to train as psychotherapists on our Psychotherapy Programme
  • Existing counsellors and therapists who want to integrate the Gestalt approach into their practice
  • Health Professionals; doctors, nurses, social and care workers, management and consultants – including coaching and mentoring, the prison service, law, media, education, journalists and those in artistic professions who want to gain academic recognition for their professional experience and learn creative ways to enable change with colleagues and clients.

At the Gestalt Centre we value equity and inclusion and welcome diversity and difference in all backgrounds, identities, cultures and voices. It is integral to who we are and how we work. If you have any accessibility requirements for this programme, please let us know how we might be able to meet them.

What the course offers

Students engage in practical and personal learning in the training groups and undertake individual therapy, all of which is supported and clarified by study of the key ideas of the Gestalt approach, seen through exploration of the inclusion, equity and diversity lenses as part of the learning.

You will

  • Develop awareness of how you relate to yourself and to others
  • Gain insight into how you may struggle with communication with some others
  • Learn new skills to enable change with clients
  • Develop the ability to communicate effectively in personal and professional settings
  • Explore new and more creative ways of being and relating
  • Learn to make practical use of key Gestalt ideas.


  • Course structure

    Weekly term-time meetings: Wednesdays 5.30pm to 9.00pm, starting in October.


    • 5 weekends
    • 1-day workshop
    • 4-day large group event
    • 1 tutorial per term
    • Personal study time
    • Individual therapy (1 hour weekly)

  • Assessments

    You need to complete:

    • 2 essays
    • 1 self-reflective essay
    • 1 presentation with peers

    CAT points

    • Introduction to Gestalt Therapy Theory (GTT) 15
    • Introduction to Gestalt Therapy Practice 15
    • Applications of Gestalt Therapy Theory: an Introduction 15
  • Entry requirements


    A first degree and/or evidence of an appropriate level of professional experience or an appropriate level qualification in a related field such as: social work, education, probation or human resources.


    An appropriate level of professional experience in a non-related field with evidence to show how this can be applied to working with people in distress.


    • A high level of communication skills, both oral and written.
    • Emotional maturity and life experience with a capacity and openness for personal exploration and ability to respond appropriately to feedback.
    • The ability to learn in a group situation.
    • The capacity to cope in stressful situations.

  • Fees

    Termly – £1,868 x 3

    Monthly standing order – £467  x 12

    Total Annual Fee – £5,604

    Discounted annual fee when paid in full by a single payment – £5,404


Leads to

On successful completion, you’ll have a thorough understanding and assimilation of Gestalt theory and a Diploma from London Metropolitan University.

You will be eligible to proceed to Year 2 of the Psychotherapy Programme, Postgraduate Certificate in Gestalt Therapy.

“The course has been wonderful: well structured, great support and hugely challenging.”



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