Gary Carr MA (Hons) Psych, Dip Gestalt Therapy, MBACP
The Whole Works
209 High Street
I am a qualified and experienced Gestalt therapist, in practice since 2001, offering long and shorter-term psychotherapy for individuals and for couples. Gestalt Therapy is a deeply relational, embodied and creative approach. It is both compassionate and challenging. I provide a safe, affordable and confidential space for you to explore and to find deeper meaning in your life.
You may be seeking a therapist right now because things in your life are incredibly tough-going and you feel you can't cope. Or perhaps there's something that you know you want to change but are uncertain how to go about it. I believe that we all carry the solutions to really living our life to the full. Often we get confused along the way and may need some help. We will work together to find a way to uncover your own unique path.
In individual therapy or in couple therapy we will explore how you have become stuck in certain areas of your life. Living fully from moment to moment depends on being able to adapt to our constantly changing environmental conditions - the situations and the people we encounter. When we get stuck, it's usually because, for good and creative reasons in the past, we've become fixed or stereotyped in the ways we relate to people and parts of our life now.
Our work together will be to help develop your awareness - about your thoughts, feelings, attitudes, behaviours, actions in many different situations. Along the way, you will find new ways to gain support from your environment; to experiment with doing things differently; to experience greater self-acceptance; to feel your life begin to flow; and to become more engaged in actively choosing the life you really want.
Training, qualifications & experience
Three-year Postgraduate Diploma in Gestalt Therapy (2008-11), working towards UKCP accreditation.
Two-year Postgraduate Diploma in Humanistic Counselling, qualifying 2003
One-year Certificate in Person-Centred Counselling
Certificate in Gestalt Couple Therapy
Two years of Gestalt Therapy training at Manchester Gestalt Centre
MA (Hons) in Psychology from Glasgow University
Childline Helpline Counsellor training with Childline Northwest
Teaching Certificate in ELT from International House, Barcelona
I work with clients from many walks of life and have considerable experience of supporting and helping them resolve issues around many different themes. Our work together includes exploring difficulties in relationships, loss and bereavement, child-related issues, abuse, trauma, post-traumatic stress, sexuality and sexual issues, stress, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, low self-confidence, pain and physical problems, work-related issues, career counselling and anger management. However, my first priority is always to the person, to their life and not just focusing on a 'problem'.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Child related issues
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Individual Therapy - my standard fee is £50; and £55 for higher earners.
Couple Therapy - my fee is £60. I welcome same-sex and mixed-sex couples.
I also hold a small number of lower-fee places. If you are unwaged, on low wages or currently experiencing significant financial difficulty, I am happy to discuss offering therapy, based on what you can currently afford. Please ask me whether I have any low-cost places available and we can then explore this further when we meet.
I am a Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP).
I completed a three-year Diploma in Gestalt Therapy at Edinburgh Gestalt Institute and am a Trainee Member of the Gestalt Psychotherapy & Training Institute (GPTI).
In my work as a therapist, I am bound by both the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and the GPTI Code of Ethics.
I am in regular clinical supervision with two UKCP Accredited Gestalt psychotherapists and I maintain professional civil liability insurance cover.
I currently offer therapy from two centres: from my office in Leith and at The Whole Works on Jackson's Close, off The High Street.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|