Magda Powell M.Sc., Dip. Couns., MBACP (Accred)
Are you looking to explore what feels problematic, painful or unclear in a confidential setting?
You may want us to focus on what you have identified yourself as a particular pattern of relating in relationships that you are not satisfied with or you may experience your life as meaningless and therefore seek more fulfilment through therapy. It may be that you struggle with your past experience, have a sense that 'something' does not feel right or that you are interested in personal development.
I am a very experienced Gestalt practitioner who offers time-limited and open-ended counselling.
What I find of great significance, is the quality of contact and relating in my therapeutic work. Therefore, you will find me supportive, honest and kindly challenging.
During our sessions we may explore your thinking, feelings or body process. I will not only enquire about what is happening for you but also bring my experience whenever this is relevant.
We may focus on how you hold your feelings in your body, e.g. through constricting breathing ('a lump' in the throat).
We may also look into your past experience and how this affects you in the present moment.
Gestalt therapy is a humanistic therapy that encompasses the therapeutic relationship, creativity, awareness and responsibility.
I am passionate about what I do and how I live. How I am as a therapist is how I am as a person.
My personal interests include walking, yoga, gardening and travel.
Training, qualifications & experience
M.Sc., Dip. Counselling, MBACP (Accred)
I am an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their Code of Practice. I am also a UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor/Psychotherapist. Please note: an Accredited BACP member would have undergone a rigorous process of accreditaton and is a competent practitioner.
I am a Senior Trainee member of the Gestalt Psychotherapy & Training Institute (GPTI) and abide by their Code of Ethics and Professional Practice.
I hold a Certificate and a Diploma In Humanistic Counselling (Gestalt).
I am currently in my sixth year of Gestalt Psychotherapy training (postgraduate level) leading to a Diploma in Psychotherapy, UKCP registration and GPTI accreditation. Having completed the entire taught component of the training, I am now writing my dissertation.
I am a graduate of the Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy Training Programme (2013 - 2015) held in New York, USA.
I have vast experience of therapeutic work with adults.
I recently left my post as a Counsellor within a University Counselling Team to focus solely on my private Counselling & Supervision practice.
I have experience of therapeutic work with depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse issues,dissociation, PTSD, self-harm, relationship difficulties, cultural issues, mental health issues, loss and many more.
Previously, within the NHS, I have worked as a counsellor in Secondary Care (Department of Psychological Therapies), in a Hospital and in an Outpatient setting.
Furthermore, I have experience as a counsellor/assessor in a mental health organisation, in a city centre counselling agency and a Rape and Sexual Violence Project.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
£40 per 50 minute session (individuals) in Birmingham Counselling & Psychotherapy Centre, B68 9HE and in the village of Romsley, Halesowen, B62.
I also offer therapy at the rate of £45 per 50 minute session in the City Centre at The Custard Factory.
Short and long-term work.
If you try to contact me by phone, it is likely that I will be working, therefore your call may be diverted to an answerphone. Please leave your details and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Alternatively, send me an email.
My practice is shared between Romsley (B62), The Custard Factory in Birmingham City Centre and Birmingham Counselling & Psychotherapy Centre in Pottery Road, Bearwood. BCPC is easily accessible by car and local bus network.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I am also available at the Birmingham Counselling & Psychotherapy Centre, 127 Pottery Rd, Bearwood, B68 9HE.
Types of client
Supervision & training
Diploma in Supervision (2012) awarded by the Gestalt Centre London.View supervision profile