Dianne Markham, Gestalt Therapist, MBACP (Accred)
Near Kelvingrove Park
You may be wondering if therapy is for you and what it is all about.
For the most part it is a conversation between two people with a focus on what you bring. What you bring is up to you but will be a chance for us to give attention to the things that concern you. We can notice what's important to you, what you value, what you miss out and what you dismiss. I may encourage you to concentrate on those areas with an emotional charge or, alternatively, those areas that seem to be ignored. We can pay attention to your history, how you are living just now, how you speak about yourself and how we relate to each other. In doing this we can gain understanding of how you block or inhibit yourself in living more fully. We can become more aware of your patterns and more understanding of your choices.
In general, I offer a space to support you to be curious without judgement. Therapy can require us to be courageous in the face of long-held difficulties and attitudes and for us to experiment with new ways of being. I aim to provide support to enable you to do this and also to be able to find self-compassion, which can allow you to let go of some habits that no longer serve you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I offer Gestalt therapy, which focuses on how you live your situation. It focuses on how you are and how you interact with the world. It is about how you experience yourself and others, how you express yourself, how you hold back and how you interact. Through increasing awareness of your patterns of thinking and behaviour you can decide if you want to make different choices. You may even start making new choices without noticing! You can discover your own way to manage your difficulties, experience more of your joy and live more satisfyingly.
Gestalt has many different influences including, psychoanalysis, existentialism, mindfulness, humanism, eastern spirituality, phenomenology and body work. It is concerned with encouraging awareness in the present moment whilst respecting dignity and self worth. It can be used to focus on a particular problem or to open up awareness to a general feeling of anxiety, depression or general dissatisfaction. It be lively and exciting as well as compassionate and supportive.
I am a registered and accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). I completed my first training (4 years) in 1994 and joined the final year of a diploma training in Gestalt therapy in 2003 at Edinburgh Gestalt Institute (1 year). I am currently undertaking advanced clinical training at Edinburgh Gestalt Institute, leading to accreditation as a psychotherapist. I am also in the middle of a two and a half year course in Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy.
I have experience of working with a broad experience of issues around what it is to be human; issues around loneliness, relationship difficulties, anxiety, fear, personal identity and trauma. I have a particular interest in working with shame and how it is managed in relationship.
I completed my training in supervision in 2012 and supervise skills practice for trainees on the diploma course at Edinburgh Gestalt Institute as well as in my practice.
In my twenties I worked as a research scientist and I hold a Degree and a Masters in Immunology. I became increasingly interested the importance of community and social justice and changed career to complete a post graduate Diploma in Community Education. I have worked in social work since my mid- twenties and have a BA in Social Work. Most of my work has been in the areas of mental health and of supporting social work service users to identify collective issues and improve services. I continue to be interested in these areas, prizing the importance of relationship and belonging and also working with understanding power and vulnerability.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have an interest in how we inhabit our bodies, how we hold ourselves and how we use our breath to support ourselves in relationship with the other. I find that working with body process can be enlivening and open up new aspects of ourselves that had been previously held out of awareness.
I offer an initial introductory session, for which I charge £20. This is chance for us to get to know each other and decide whether we will be able to work well together. Therapy is not just about what you bring, or my training and experience; it is also about the quality of the relationship that we make together. This introductory session gives you a chance to ask questions and find out more about the way I work. If we decide at this stage that I am not the right therapist for you then I am happy to suggest other people.
If we decide to work together I generally ask for a commitment for 6 weeks and then review, giving you a change to consider if this is right for you or what you may need to discuss,change,understand,criticise or appreciate.I charge between £45 and £55 per 50 minute session for individuals and couples and ask that each person finds their place in this scale.
I offer long or short term therapy depending on your needs, your situation and personal preferences. Most of my work is long term but I have also worked for a number of years in higher education counselling and have skills in providing brief therapy.
I have an interest in how our early relationships continue to impact us and emerge in the therapist-client relationship. I am particularly interested in how we inhabit our bodies, how we hold ourselves and how our body holds our journey. I find that working with body process can be enlivening and open up new aspects of ourselves that had been previously held out of awareness.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mondays, Tuesdays and some evening appointments available.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I completed the 'supervision for counsellors and psychotherapists' at Edinburgh Gestalt Institute in 2013 and am currently an assistant supervisor on the EGI diploma course. .View supervision profile