Psychotherapy in Liverpool

Most, if not all, of us experience personal difficulties at some stage in our lives. It is quite normal to struggle with such issues, and to need some help.

Gestalt therapy is highly effective with a wide range of emotional, behavioural and psychological problems, including anxiety, depression, stress, bereavement, loss, relationship issues, phobias, eating difficulties, self-harm, mood problems, childhood trauma, abuse, anger, guilt, low self-esteem, and lack of confidence.

What I offer

I am an experienced psychotherapist and counsellor trained in the Gestalt therapy approach, accredited by Gestalt Psychotherapy & Training Institute, and registered with UK Council for Psychotherapy and British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. I work with individuals, couples and groups.

My practice is on the outskirts of Liverpool, at the Natural Health Clinic in Prescot, Knowlsey, and I also see clients from home. I work with clients with various presenting problems, preferring not to specialise in any particular issue, and maintain regular clinical supervision to ensure I continue to work effectively and ethically.

Therapy may be long-term or short-term, depending on the person, or couple, and their individual issues. As with all types of psychotherapy and counselling, Gestalt therapy is not a cure-all. However, clients usually know after one or two sessions whether this approach will help, and I review progress regularly to ensure they are continuing to experience benefit.

Finding a counsellor or psychotherapist who suits you is important but not always easy. To aid with this, I provide a short initial consultation free of charge. There is no obligation, but if you do wish to make further appointments after this initial meeting, I require you to sign a contract outlining the service I provide and the limits within which I work.

Please follow these links for more information regarding individual therapy, couples therapy and group therapy. If you’d like to know more about me, have a look here. And if you’re wondering what the difference is between a psychotherapist and a counsellor, please see below.

Our aim as therapists is to increase human potential through the process of integration. We do this by supporting the individual’s genuine interests, desires and needs.Fritz Perls

The difference between psychotherapy and counselling

Many people ask me about the difference between counselling and psychotherapy. And it’s not easy to answer this simply as it’s a somewhat contentious issue. The lack of clarity in identifying differences is mostly due to varying standards among the many psychotherapy and counselling training courses on offer.

The aim of both counselling and psychotherapy is to improve the quality of living and relating, and so help the person lead a more satisfying and fulfilling life. The terms are often used interchangeably, not only because the word ‘counselling’ can seem less intimidating and more socially acceptable than ‘psychotherapy’, but also because some organisations and professional bodies do not perceive any difference between the two.

However, in my personal experience of having first completed an accredited counselling course and then gone on to train in Gestalt psychotherapy, I found substantial differences in the depth and demands of each.

To gain entry to Gestalt psychotherapy training I had to be qualified as a counsellor first. With the counselling course it was necessary to have just 20 sessions of personal counselling, while on the Gestalt psychotherapy training it was a requirement to have weekly therapy for the duration, which took me seven years. It was also a requirement to complete a substantial psychiatric placement at a mental health unit, and at the end of my Gestalt training I completed a viva during which I had to demonstrate my readiness to qualify.

The bottom line is, when choosing a practitioner, it’s important to ask about their qualifications and the extent of their training and experience. Read about mine here.