Magda Powell M.Sc., Dip. Couns., MBACP (Accred)
If you are looking to explore what feels problematic, painful or unclear in a confidential setting through words, imagery, physical sensations then I might be the right therapist for you. I offer a a whole mind and body approach, which can be particularly beneficial to those suffering from anxiety, PTSD, dissociative disorders and eating disorders.
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 Gestalt practitioner with over 13 years' experience 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 and also young adults having worked as a counsellor for a University.
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.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
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.