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14th December 2018 

My approach to clinical practice is Gestalt Therapy

" Health is foremost a matter of being wholly one with whatever circumstances we find ourselves in. Even our death is a healthy event if we fully embrace the fact of our dying….
The issue is awareness, of living in the present."

Joel Latner, The Gestalt Therapy Book (1973, p.51)

Gestalt theory and practice is based on many areas of thought and study, including radical insights of psychoanalysis, humanistic and existential philosophies, Gestalt psychology, Eastern spiritual traditions, sensory awareness practice and psychodrama. In this sense it is a true integrative approach.

Gestalt is a German word meaning "whole" and points to the central theme of gestalt therapy, which is our tendency to see and act in unified wholes, instead of the parts. Hence the famous statement made by Kurt Koffka (1921) that 'the whole is other than the sum of its parts' - when the perceptual system forms a gestalt, the whole thing has an independent existence in the perceptual system.

As a gestalt therapist, I see each individual as an integration of mind-body-emotion-spirit and believe that each of us possesses all the necessary ingredients for healthy living. We are born whole and full of possibilities. In the process of ongoing interaction with others and events in our lives we create adjustments as a way of coping with adversity.

Healthy functioning does not prevent people from feeling vulnerable. In an ever-changing world, people are constantly faced with new challenges, decisions and difficulties. Relying on the old ways of coping in new situations is not effective and often prevents us from fulfilling our potential. To be fully satisfied, we need to develop new ways of relating and being in the world.

My task as a gestalt therapist is to support the clients to increase their awareness of what they do well and how they get stuck. Awareness is in itself curative and growth producing. It enables the individual to understand the ways in which they contribute to their own circumstances.

Therapy sessions offer clients a breathing space where they are free to experiment with being themselves and with relating spontaneously. Having a fresh look at their situation allows clients to see more clearly the possibilities for developing creative solutions to their difficulties.

I respect my clients - whether individuals, couples or groups - as the best experts on themselves. I am interested in finding out more about their unique perception of reality and their subjective experience - be it body sensations, feelings, thoughts or behaviour. My aim is to support my clients' vivid experience in all these dimensions.

The therapeutic relationship acts as an instrument of diagnosis and healing. I see my role as an active participant in the interaction with clients and often share with them my awareness of my own experience. I promote experiential learning and experimentation over interpretation or cognitive insights. In doing so, I help my clients to access and use their own self-knowledge.

In my work with couples, my aim is to support both partners as they work through their difficulties. Again my focus is their relationship with each other and their environment. I facilitate verbal and non-verbal communication between both partners that gives them an opportunity to resolve old disputes so they are free to make choices about the future of their relationship. I work with couples whatever their sexual orientation.

As a gestalt therapist I am open to influences from other disciplines, in particular the intersubjective psychoanalysis, integrative Body Therapy, anarchism, post-structuralist theory and Buddism. My clinical practice is inspired by poetry and the wider arts field including theatre, dance and movement.

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Below, I have listed some links that may be of interest:

  • Gestalt Centre London

  • AAGT

  • British Gestalt Journal

  • Research on the advantages of bilingualism

  • Gestalt Therapy Kairňs Journal

  • Malcom Parlett video: My Adventures with Gestalt

  • Listings of Gestalt Therapy Institutes & Journals

  • Introduction to Gestalt Therapy

  • Is there a difference between psychotherapy and counselling?

  • Human Nature Review

  • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

  • Gestalt News and Notes

  • Center for Somatic Studies

  • UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

  • Rory O'Neill aka Panti Bliss - an astounding speech on oppression and discrimination

  • Dean Atta - "Revolution awaiting warriors" - a great poem

  • Desperately Seeking Eternity: essay by Peter Owen-Jones

  • Being a Black Man – a panel looking at the ideas around Black masculinity

  • LGBT rights have come a long way but mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato believes there's still work to be done as she takes stand at Stonewall

  • Colonial history and economic power - Akala, academic and hip-hop artist addressing Oxford Union

  • Mother Foucault's Reading Group

  • Patter - the must-read blog on writing by Pat Thomson!

  • Narek Hakhnazaryan - the cellist and his cello are partners in this lament by Giovanni Sollima

  • Taiye Selasi: Don't ask where I'm from, ask where I'm a local

  • ”Jonas who will be 25 year old in 2000” – John Berger & Alain Tanner masterpiece depicting mid 70s anxiety, so very relevant in our current times

  • The Real Prayers Are Not the Words, But the Attention That Comes First – poem by Mary Oliver

  • Brigitte Engerer plays Chopin’s Nocturnes

  • Akram Khan: “When you tap into what it is like inside you my art become richer”

  • For love of music - Raga Piloo by Anoushka Shankar & Patricia Kopatchinskaja

  • Loving Men - adventures in intimacy for gay and bisexual men

  • Akram Khan's Giselle: Katja Khaniukova's favourite moments

  • Manu Delago - 'Wandering Around'

  • Moonlight's Tarell Alvin McCraney: “I'm still that vulnerable boy”

  • Contemporary issues affecting gay men & those working with them

  • The Middle of the World by Nicholas Britell (Moonlight Soundtrack)

  • Alan Watts Discusses Nothing

  • Jacob Lang performs Max Richter/Dinah Washington 'This Bitter Earth' - BBC Young Dancer 2017

  • ”In Therapy” - psychotherapist Susie Orbach explores the relationship between therapist and patient

  • “Murmur” - Aakash Odedra’s moving expression of his experience of living with dyslexia

  • The newest RSC production of Salomé by Oscar Wilde marks 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales

  • You are not a therapist until you have made your first one thousand mistakes!

  • Judith Hemming talks about couples therapy from the systemic perspective

  • Our world as seen through the eyes of a Bharatnatyam dancer Mavin Khoo and singer Os Arun

  • Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle – play for our uncertain times at Wyndham’s Theatre

  • "How you live your life is your business. But remember, our hearts and our bodies are given to us only once." ― André Aciman, Call Me by Your Name

  • Watch the unthinkable happen - academia and poetry comes together: BANG!!!

  • "It wasn't a mistake, it was just an event" - Herbie Hancock reminiscences on his learnings from Miles Davis

  • Eddie Izzard perfectly explains his gender – while getting his nails done

  • Mohsin Hamid on the importance of embracing our basic impurity

  • Karnacology – talking about the Talking Cure - blogs from leading voices in the field of therapy and analysis

  • Ian McKellen reads Harvey Milk's “Hope Speech” (1977) encouraging people to celebrate their differences and offering hope for the future

  • Carlo Rovelli transforms how we see time and the universe

  • "Humanistic Psychology in the 21st Century: The Next Revolution We Need" ― Dr Peter Hawkins’ Marianne Fry Lecture 2015

  • ”Now is a good time to be alive” - says Alex Dickinson in his speech “How the light gets in”

  • Cult of information – a fascinating interview made in 1986 with Theodore Roszak, author of "The Making of a Counter Culture"

  • Sculpting Body Movements workshop by choreographer Dimitris Papaioannou

  • „On Consciousness” - Riccardo Manzotti in conversation with Tim Parks

  • and lastly…
  • a cup of chai