This is the second year of our Psychotherapy Programme and the first year of our three-year MA in Gestalt Therapy. It offers students an in-depth assimilation of Gestalt therapy – in both theory and practice.

Applications for intake in academic year 2024/ 2025 are open

Who takes this course?

Most students come to this course directly from Year 1 of the Psychotherapy Programme (the Dipploma in Professional Development) – our Gestalt Foundation Year). Others join from our Gestalt Counselling Programme. It is possible to enter the programme at this point with a degree (or equivalent experience) plus prior understanding of the Gestalt approach.

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 course, please get in touch for a confidential discussion about how we might be able to help.

What the course offers

This course develops your understanding of Gestalt; experientially in individual therapy and group work, through the study of key texts, and by preparing essays and presentations. Further explorations of inclusion, equity, and diversity, as part of deepening understanding of the context for therapeutic work, is integral to this training year and to the rest of the training.

There is a focus on:

  • Developing awareness of individual contact styles and how this affects dialogue
  • Deepening understanding of the actuality of group phenomenology (the whole is different from the sum of the parts)
  • Understanding the above in Gestalt theoretical terms

There are 2 modules for this year:

  1. Module PY7103GS provides theoretical development with a focus on core Gestalt therapy principles and concepts.
  2. Module PY7090GS focuses on personal and practical development. In the second half of the year, students begin skills practice and consider issues in relation to working with clients.
  • Course structure

    Weekly term-time meetings: Tuesdays 5.30pm – 9.00pm, starting in September.


    • 28 tutor-led evenings
    • 3 self-resourced evenings
    • 2 apprentice-led evenings
    • 34 peer study sessions
    • 5 weekends
    • 4-day large group event
    • 3 half-hour tutorials per year
    • 1 skills practice day
    • Weekly personal therapy
    • Personal study time
  • Assessments

    You need to complete:

    • 1 essay of 3000 words
    • 1 essay of 4500 words
    • 2 presentation reports of 1500 words each
    • 1 x 15-minute recorded session with a peer
    • One self-reflective essay of 1500 words
    • Participation in shared-learning study groups and presentations


    • Intermediate Gestalt Therapy Theory 15
    • Foundations of Gestalt Therapy Practice 20
  • Entry requirements


    Successful completion of our Diploma in Professional Development (Year 1 of the Psychotherapy Programme) OR of our three-year Counselling Programme.


    A degree (or equivalent professional experience) plus:

    • A high level of communication both oral and written
    • Professional experience in mental health; social work; counselling; health; education or a similar field
    • Previous individual and group therapy
    • At least 150 hours’ experience of Gestalt group work and an understanding of Gestalt theory
    • Emotional maturity and life experience with a capacity and openness for personal exploration and ability to respond appropriately to feedback
  • 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

Completion of this year satisfies the requirements of a Postgraduate Certificate from London Metropolitan University but does not provide an award in itself.  Students continue in the training and progress from this year to the Postgraduate Diploma, where they continue to work towards the MA.




“I enjoyed the groupwork as a constant element, central in the course.”



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