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, is registered UKCP psychotherapist and MBACP counsellor. She offers individual and couples’ therapy as well as individual and group supervision. Her prior background was in sociology as a researcher and lecturer, working mainly with ethnic minorities. Currently she works part time in the NHS and also has private practice. She has extensive experience working with trauma recovery, addiction, domestic violence/relationship difficulties, depression, anxiety, gender related issues, low confidence. 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
Hayley Anderson-Walsh, Registered MBACP Counsellor, Supervisor, Workplace Mediator and graduate of the Gestalt Centre. Hayley does both individual and group work, working predominately with people seeking to be free from addiction. She also supports people with less stigmatised but equally derailing introjects from the world of sports, entertainment and the Professions, to remove the emotional blockages that prevent them from being their best selves and performing at their highest level.
Practice: The Gestalt Centre, Camden
Mobile: 07508 394216
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 also 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 issues. Samantha offers concessionary rates for students and people on low income. Her therapy room is less than 5 mins walk from Fulham Broadway tube station.
Practice: London SW6
Mob: 07815 778798
Karen Badby, Registered MBACP Counsellor. Karen is a qualified counsellor, graduating from the Gestalt Centre. The pace of modern life and living can sometimes be hard to navigate. Karen offers a safe and confidential space for clients seeking to be supported in many areas such as – anger, anxiety, bereavement, confidence, depression, loss, marginalisation issues, self-esteem, shame, stress – for example. She offers both short and long-term client sessions at the Gestalt Centre London NW1. For those who are more restricted for time, Skype sessions are also available.
Stations: Camden, King’s Cross/St Pancras, Mornington Crescent.
Mob: 07522 862 087
Jon Blend MA is a joint UKCP registered adult and child psychotherapist, counsellor, supervisor, trainer and musician, with forty years’ experience of working with people. He is published and specialises in arts -informed approaches to Gestalt (visiting tutor: UK and Poland). Jon believes that all effective therapies require a trusting relationship from the beginning. His interests include: anxiety, assertiveness, canine therapy, bereavement/ loss, bullying, diaspora concerns, Haredi matters, identity, play, ‘stuckness’, Shoah, stress, intergenerational difficulties, trauma, under-confidence and wellbeing. Overground rail nearby.
Private practice: 17 Myrtle Road, Acton, London W3 6DX
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
Juliette Clancy, MBACP (Accred), Accredited Member of COSRT, is a Counsellor, Psychosexual & Relationship Therapist as well as a Trauma Therapist. She offers individual and couple counselling both long and short term. She works with a wide variety of issues that include: anger, shame, self-esteem, depression, grief, anxiety, relationships, sexual issues and abuse to name a few. She is empathetic, committed and passionate about her work understanding the importance and value in the client/therapist relationship to facilitate change. Her practice is in SW10 with the closest tube station being Gloucester Road.
Mob: 07969 787355
Claire Clark is a registered MBACP Counsellor. She trained at the Gestalt Centre and has also completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Gestalt Therapy which she believes allows her flexibility to work with a wide variety of clients and issues. She combines her private practice with her work as a bereavement counsellor. Her areas of interest are loss, relationship difficulties, depression, trauma, self-esteem and body image issues and particularly eating disorders. She offers short and long-term counselling and some concessions are available.
Practice: NW1, EC2M and Skype session
Mob: 07768 825349
David Darvasi is a Registered MBACP counsellor who works from Shoreditch and Camden. He has trained at the Gestalt Centre and was part of ELOP for a number of years where he worked with LGBTQ clients as both a counsellor and initial assessor. Outside of private practice, he is currently involved in research. He is passionate about seeing people becoming who they are and integrating parts of themselves they previously haven’t accepted. He welcomes and responds to any enquiries.
Practice: E1 and NW1
Mob: 07507 443568
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 ethics and standards. 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 difficulties you may be experiencing. He offers counselling face-to-face from his practice near Liverpool Street station (EC2), and over the telephone if more suitable for clients. 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
Sharon Cecilia Gilbert is a fully qualified counsellor and Registered MBACP. Sharon provides a safe and confidential space for clients to consider how to deal with what is troubling them. Sharon has experience of working successfully with individuals seeking counselling for a range of difficulties, including: low self-regard, anxiety, anger, depression, relationship difficulties, loss and bereavement.
Practice: Gestalt Centre, Camden
Tel: 07570 376720
Dean Goldfarb Registered MBACP counsellor. Training: The Gestalt Centre and N.S.P.C (existentialism). Dean offers one to one therapy and can help with concerns about anxiety, stress, depression, relationships, sexuality and identity. He believes in offering an open and accepting way of working together without judgement, allowing his clients the time and space to hear their own, authentic voice.
Practice: Seven Sisters / Chancery Lane
*Currently, he is offering remote sessions via video call (Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp) and telephone sessions, until face to face sessions can resume.*
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
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, is Registered MBACP and trained in Gestalt therapy, executive/life coaching, CBT and bereavement. Lorraine works with individuals on life changes, perfectionism, disconnection, anxiety, stress, procrastination, ‘stuckness’, relationships, depression, repetitive cycles, being in recovery and feeling overwhelmed. Clients’ self-awareness and confidence increases, leading to change and greater peace of mind. Lorraine is based in Clapham Junction and Liverpool Street.
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 (higher education and in the community). She works collaboratively with a diverse client base – both 1:1 and group – on a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, transition, difficulties in relationships, loss, disabilities, third culture, identity and difference. Sachiko is also a tutor at the Gestalt Centre.
She offers creative clinical supervision for therapists, professionals in the voluntary sector and in the NHS.
Practice location: Gestalt Centre, Kings Cross NW1.
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, The Gestalt Centre, Ealing Broadway and Skype session
Mob: 07721 903903
Languages: English and French
Matt Martys MA, Registered MBACP (Accred), BAAT, HCPC. Qualifications include Gestalt Therapy, Art Psychotherapy, Mediation and Clinical Supervision. Matt offers private individual, couple and group therapy, supervision and an accredited mediation service. Over 20 years of counselling experience includes 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-exploration. Current employment includes supervising and tutoring in counselling, and a faculty member for various colleges in the London area, including the Gestalt Centre London.
Mob: 07804 786966
Piotr Mierkowski MA, Dip Psych is a gestalt psychotherapist, supervisor and international 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). UKCP, Reg. MBACP(Accred).
Tel: 07779 506412
Den Patrick Registered MBACP, offers long and short-term individual work with adults. Den holds a Diploma in Gestalt Counselling and has experience of working with anxiety, depression, relationships, trauma, bullying, and support with eating disorders and recovery from addiction. Den is available at the Gestalt Centre near Kings Cross St. Pancras and The Flame Centre near Waterloo Station. Den has a background in the creative industries and aims to provide a warm and supportive style that doesn’t shy away from challenging the client.
Practice: Kings Cross and Waterloo
Mob: 07872 450534
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
Dennis Rice MBACP. Dennis is a BACP-registered counsellor offering one-to-one therapy in Bow, East London, and Clerkenwell in the City. He offers help with anxiety, stress, depression, relationship difficulties, addiction, and loss. Dennis also helps companies and individuals to develop coping strategies and add more resilience. For more details of his approach and how to find him please see his website.
Mob: 07492 404599
Carole Simpkins is a Registered MBACP (Accred) Counsellor, having obtained a Diploma in Counselling from the Gestalt Centre, and more recently a Postgraduate Diploma in Gestalt Therapy. Carole works with a wide range of issues, including bereavement, workplace bullying, domestic violence, stress, 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 (EC3V) and in Muswell Hill (N10). Concessions available.
Practices: NW1, EC3V, N10
Mob: 07527 233980
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 Registered MBACP (Accred) trained at the Gestalt Centre to Post Graduate Diploma level and has worked in a range of therapeutic organisations and in private practice since 2016. Holly welcomes adult clients from all age groups and backgrounds. Her interests include grief and loss, struggles in relationships, personal growth, times of transition, parenthood, anxiety, issues of identity and ‘finding a voice’. Long- and shorter-term work is offered in SE London locations and online.
Mobile: 07982 199403
Umaa Thampu Registered MBACP (Accred) trained at The Gestalt Centre and brings to her practice over 10 years’ experience which includes working in social services, youth charities and bereavement organisations. She is currently in private practice and her passion lies in raising body awareness and supporting others to work through their unfinished business. Umaa’s key skills are an ability to blend intuition, creativity whilst utilising Gestalt theory to enhance self-care. She can help create meaning when life hits you with a ‘curve ball’. For more information please go to www.talkingwithUmaa.com
Mob: 07751 589667
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. She is an accredited member of BACP.
Practice Leatherhead, Surrey.
Tel: 07789 094893
Sussex – East and West
Vicky Eugenio (see entry under LONDON)
Tel: 07916 910272