GPTI Gestalt Therapy

Gillian Allan

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I enjoy working as a gestalt therapist because of its focus on people’s potential for growth, healing, and flourishing. I’m particularly interested in research which shows developing self-acceptance and curiosity towards our habits or emotional patterns helps us to move through difficulties and develop new ones (Cozolino 2014: Siegel 2007). This certainly reflects my own experience of dealing with difficulties and finding new strengths and capacities I didn’t know I had.

Sometimes when we are in difficult places, it can be very hard to imagine that any change is possible, let alone flourishing. It’s important to start wherever you are and go at your own pace to find relief from suffering.

I find working with people in person and online to be equally beneficial. Both ways of working open up channels for developing a connection and exploring different elements of your life.

I’ve always been interested in relationships, emotions, and body work. Before I trained in Gestalt, I undertook PhD research on friendship and I also trained as a Feldenkrais movement practitioner. I’ve also worked in community development with adults with learning disabilities for 8 years. This work takes a person-centred approach to developing people’s and communities’ capacities for growth and change.


Gestalt Therapy Training Course Award (4 years GPTI accredited training at Edinburgh Gestalt Institute), Online Counselling Services and Training 4: Online Counselling Audio and Webcam (Distinction), PhD Social Policy, MA Social Policy (with distinction), LLB Law (Hons)

Fees (Therapy)

£55 (Concessions available)

Professional registration
bound by Code of Ethics & Complaints Procedures of:


Extra information

Disabled access


Edinburgh and Online