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.
Milena Alinčová-Zakri, Milena Alinčová-Zakri, is a registered UKCP psychotherapist and MBACP counsellor. She offers face-to-face (South London) as well as on-line therapy/supervision. Her background was in sociology as researcher and lecturer working with ethnic minorities. Currently, she works in a specialist sexual violence service in NHS and also has a private practice. She has extensive experience working with trauma, addiction, domestic violence/relationship difficulties, depression, anxiety, gender related issues, confidence, spiritual emergency and psychedelic experiences. She believes that effective therapy involves trust, respect and dialogue and in her work, she embraces the creative, relational and embodied aspects of Gestalt.
Mob: 07985 779327
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 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. Samantha offers in person and online counselling, and concessionary rates for students/people on low income. Her therapy room is 5 mins walk from Fulham Broadway station.
Practice: London SW6 & online
Mob: 07815 778798
Karen Badby, Registered MBACP Counsellor. Karen supports clients with issues such as anger, anxiety, bereavement, bullying, change, disconnection, feeling stuck, finding your voice, grief, identity and difference, loneliness, loss, low mood, marginalisation, parenthood, post-natal difficulties, shyness, stress. I am also particularly interested in supporting clients in coping with the legacy of a difficult start in life. I offer online sessions via Skype and Zoom and telephone sessions, offering a free initial telephone session.
Face-to-face sessions offered at the Gestalt Centre and in Surrey.
Mob: 07522 862087
Ksenia Belash is a Reg. MBACP counsellor, qualified in Gestalt, body art therapy, Circling™, authentic relating and bereavement support. Having experienced the transformative power of therapy in her own life, she is passionate about supporting others with their process of healing and reclaiming the joy of life. Ksenia works with a wide range of issues including loss, shame, guilt, anxiety, feeling lost or stuck, depression, relational challenges, self-worth, creative self-expression and empowerment. With a strong focus on somatic experience and inner child work, Ksenia’s approach is gentle, compassionate, relational and intuitively creative.
Mob: 07480 228859
Private Practice: online
Jon Blend MA is European, a UKCP registered adult, child & adolescent psychotherapist, counsellor, international trainer and Lifemusician with forty years’ counselling experience. His practice draws inspiration from Violet Oaklander’s arts approach (www.vsof.org). Jon believes effective therapy involves respect and relational trust; a compassionate mixture of support and gentle challenge helps people discover richer life choices. Jon’s interests include: anger, bullying, creativity, depression, developmental issues, diversity, identity, love and loss, parenting, performance anxiety, play, shame, trauma, transcultural concerns, under-confidence.
Private practice: (f-2-f, Covid secure), London W3. Acton Central Overground. Also outdoor therapy/supervision.
Tel: 020 8992 1982
Peter Cartwright, Registered MBACP (Accred), trained at the Gestalt Centre and works in south-east London, a minute’s walk from Forest Hill station. Peter has worked as a counsellor since 2000 in various settings including the NHS and prisons, and in private practice since 2006. Peter has a wide range of experience, including working with trauma, depression and bereavement. He is also an author, trainer and group facilitator in the counselling, substance use and bereavement fields. Previously he worked in prison education and project management.
Mob: 07939 402691
Claire Clark is a registered MBACP counsellor and Gestalt Centre graduate. Life and people can be challenging, overwhelming and stressful. Mostly we can find our way through life and find solutions but sometimes we need a little help to make sense of it. That’s where Claire comes in. She works with people with issues such as relationship difficulties, loss, depression, body image, self-esteem and eating disorders to look at things differently so you can move forward. Currently she is accepting new clients online with some concessions available.
Practice: NW1 and online
Mob: 07768 825349
Howard Davis, Registered MBACP (Accred), trained at the Gestalt Centre and has worked in private practice since 2014 as a mindfulness-based gestalt counsellor providing face-to-face counselling in London Bridge and outdoor counselling in various parks and woodlands across London.
Practice: Wild Mind Counselling, indoor practice – Borough High Street SE1, outdoor practice – Hampstead Heath, Regent’s Park, Battersea Park, Greenwich Park, Brockwell Park, Dulwich Woods, and other open spaces across London
Mob: 07518 216226
Jonathan Easton-Crouch is a Registered MBACP and trained at the Gestalt Centre. He has over 25 year’s professional experience of working in the field of mental health and emotional well-being in the NHS and other settings. He uses his knowledge and experience of counselling to support a wide range of people at different stages on life’s path including those experiencing mental illness, anxiety, self-identity, sexuality and gender identity issues. He offers face-to-face counselling in south west London as well as “walk-and-talk” sessions in local green spaces.
Mob: 07939 121252
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. Her practice is in Stratford E15 and at the Gestalt Centre. All sessions are 50 minutes and cost £70.
Tel: 07947 811501
Vicky Eugenio, MA, UKCP Registered 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.
Mob: 07916 910272
Kevin Foster is a Registered MBACP (Accred.) counsellor, who abides by their ethical framework. A graduate from the Gestalt Centre in 2006, he offers counselling online, by telephone, and face-to-face. 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 a safe and confidential space to explore and talk about the problems or concerns you may be experiencing. Further information is available on his website.
Mob: 07989 279294
Katerina Georgiou, Registered MBACP (Accred) sees clients in a GP surgery and privately. She’s published in The Times and The Guardian, and is host and producer of Sound Affects, a music and mental health podcast featured in NME’s Podcast for the People series. She appears in national press and radio on therapy issues, including BBC Radio and Psychologies. Before this, she was a Samaritans helpline listener, and later worked for Samaritans during their research into male suicide. Her approach is warm, creative and empathic.
Practice: Highgate, London
Mob: 07980 814645
Dean GoldfarbRegistered MBACP Counsellor. Dean has a full-time private practice in Hackney. His main areas of work are anxiety, stress, trauma, relationship issues, and gender & sexuality. His practice is LGBTQIA+ aware and inclusive and he welcomes clients however they may self-identify regarding their sexual orientation and gender. His approach allows his clients to tap into a more fulfilling present awareness via the body and the senses. He offers a free 10-minute phone consultation prior to the initial session.
Location: 450 Kingsland Rd, Hackney & remote (phone/video)
Mob: 07720 825961
Nina Grant is a UKCP Registered Child Psychotherapist and graduate of the Gestalt Centre Counselling Diploma. She works therapeutically with adults, young people and children, exploring issues which might be getting in the way of living and learning. She has a private practice which 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 7686 7094
Natsu Hattori, DPhil MA, is a BACP and UKCP registered Gestalt counsellor, psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor. She works with individuals and couples and facilitates groups at a school of clown. With a background in the arts and academia, her therapeutic philosophy is grounded in individual and collective creativity and a commitment to social justice. She brings an embodied, cross-cultural and existential approach to working with relational difficulties, anxiety, early life trauma, depression and self-harming, eating disorders, addictions, and issues of identity and difference.
Practice: central/south London, and online.
Languages: English, French, spoken Japanese.
Mob: 07766 708379
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.
Mob: 07790 330514
Lorraine Angela King, registered MBACP, qualified in Gestalt, executive coaching, CBT and bereavement. Lorraine works with clients on mental wellbeing, change, loss, loneliness, perfectionism, disconnection, anxiety, stress, procrastination, ‘stuckness’, co-dependency, depression, repetitive cycles, overwhelm and the recovery journey. Clients experience increased awareness, acceptance, resilience, self-care and practical solutions. Sessions are online; some in person (Clapham, Balham, Shoreditch and Chelsea).
Mob: 07903 675125
Sachiko Kishi is an experienced registered MBACP Gestalt counsellor and UKCP psychotherapist with a background in the Arts and in mental health in the community. She works collaboratively with a diverse client base –1:1, couples and groups – on issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, transition, difficulties in relationships, loss, disabilities, third culture, identity, belonging and difference. Sachiko is also a tutor at the Gestalt Centre. She offers creative clinical supervision for therapists, trainees and for professionals in charities and in the NHS.
Practice location: Gestalt Centre NW1, Old St EC1, online
Mob: 07912 649100 (voicemail)
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: SE26, Gestalt Centre and online sessions
Mob: 07721 903903
Languages: English and French
Matt Martys MA, Registered MBACP (Accred), BAAT, HCPC. Matt is a member of faculty and teaches at the Gestalt Centre. He offers individual, couple and group therapy, online and face-to-face. Working as a therapist since 1992, he has many years of experience including in 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-development and self-exploration. Therapy qualifications include Gestalt counselling & psychotherapy (Dip & PG Dip), Art Psychotherapy (MA), Psychodynamic theory/practice and Clinical Supervision (Dip).
Piotr Mierkowski MA Dip Psych is a gestalt psychotherapist, supervisor and 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) and online.
Tel: 07779 506412
Mandy Reid is a Reg.MBACP (Accred) counsellor/psychotherapist and a clinical supervisor. She works with a ‘here and now’ focus and supports her clients to compassionately heal from the source of their suffering. Mandy believes we are all creative beings, with the power to manifest our passions, life-purpose and to live as our authentic selves. Alongside her therapy practice she offers supervision to counsellors /psychotherapists and those involved in the healing professions. Mandy has particular interests in meditations, sexuality, shamanism, trauma and spiritual philosophies, which inspire her working practise.
Practice: London – Edinburgh – Online
Mob: 07940 660609
Carole Simpkins iis a Registered MBACP (Accred) Counsellor, having obtained a Diploma in Counselling from the Gestalt Centre, and an MA in Gestalt Therapy Theory Studies. Carole works with a wide range of issues, including bereavement, 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 Bank (EC2V), Muswell Hill
(N10), and remotely.
Practices: NW1, EC2V, N10
Mob: 07527 233980
Eva Sirp is a Registered MBACP Counsellor, and holds a Masters in Psychology from London South Bank University. Eva has worked extensively in mental health facilities, as well as the NHS Improving Access to Talking Therapies service. She undertakes a range of areas including self-esteem, intimate relationships, family conflict, anger, depression, anxiety, bereavement and struggles with identity. Also, the effects of migration, third culture, sexism, abuse. With a background in theatre and the Lecoq movement pedagogy, Eva uses embodied and creative aspects of Gestalt in her work. Private sessions offered in central London and online.
Jonathan Smith MA AFBPS qualified as a Gestalt Psychotherapist in 1987. He now works with individuals and groups as a therapist, supervisor and trainer. He also works as a lecturer in psychology and runs workshops and training events for a number of other colleges and institutes including the Gestalt Centre. His therapeutic background includes bodywork and psychosynthesis and he is accredited with UKCP.
Acton, London W3 6DQ
Tel: 020 8993 0868
Mob: 07773 937438
Holly Taylor is a registered MBACP (Accred) practitioner with a Post Graduate Diploma in Gestalt Therapy Theory. Holly has worked in a range of therapeutic settings and in private practice since 2016. Currently engaged in integrative advanced clinical training, Holly welcomes adult clients from all backgrounds. Amongst her interests are grief and loss, struggles in relationships, personal growth, times of transition, parenthood, anxiety, issues of identity and ‘finding a voice’. Long or short-term relational work is offered remotely during the Covid-19 restrictions and in SE London and other London locations in due course.
Mobile: 07982 199403
Umaa Thampu Rhas been working in a diverse mix of professional settings for over 10 years. She is currently in private practice and is a Faculty member at The Gestalt Centre. Her interests are in cross cultural themes, shamanic, indigenous practices and working creatively to connect the body with nature and awareness. Umaa’s passion is enhancing people’s well-being and to help cultivate meaning. She offers a space to be curious and creative. Her approach enables clients to connect to their internal wisdom, amplifying mind-body connection.
Practice: Online / Kings Cross
Mob: 07751 589667
Alison Wall Registered MBACP. The 3 most common reasons people are drawn to therapy are ANGER, SADNESS & BS*. (BS* being a Belief System.) She offers safety and support in the unbearable. Guidance in your discovery and unpacking of baggage. She uses creative methods: art, body work, play therapy and nature. Her areas of interest are Childhood Abuse, Authenticity, Identity, LGBTQ. Mixed Backgrounds. Trauma & PTSD.
Practices: Kings Cross & Battersea/Clapham Junction.
Online: Skype, WhatsApp, Facetime.
Walking Therapy: Parks and Thames River Path.
Mob: 07440 129361
(Currently not taking on GC Students.)
South Gloucestershire – Welsh Borders
Rebecca Lacey is a Registered MBACP and qualified with the Post Graduate Diploma in Gestalt Counselling at the centre. She works from home in the Forest of Dean, near the Wye Valley, and also as part of the community of Gestalt Centre Wales in Chepstow. She offers short and long-term counselling to young people, adults and older people and draws on 30 years’ experience of working in the NHS and other public sector organisations where she offered support in leadership development and coaching.
Practice: South Gloucestershire, Welsh Borders, GL16, NP25.
Mob: 07564 062416
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 and a certificate in creative supervision. Alongside therapy, Susan also offers creative supervision. She is an accredited member of BACP.
Practice Leatherhead, Surrey.
Tel: 07789 094893
Karen Badby, (see entry under LONDON)
Face-to-face sessions offered at the Gestalt Centre and in Surrey.
Mob: 07522 862087
Sussex – East and West
Vicky Eugenio (see entry under LONDON)
Practice: Crawley and at the Gestalt Centre in London
Mob: 07916 910272