Gerry Gilmartin MBACP (accred)
From a background in bodywork I have trained and qualified in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy. My approach is integrative and relational with a focus on how relating shapes our experience and sense of who we are.
Whatever the catalyst for seeking therapy, the therapeutic dialogue will often connect to the larger issues of meaning and of being, and will be one of depth.Initially, we will explore how and to what end we might work together, establishing a therapeutic framework, in which safety, psychological emotional and spiritual are central.
I work with many issues including recurring difficulties in personal or work relationships; feelings of not belonging; feelings of depression; persistent anxiety; loss; abuse or trauma and psychosomatic illness. Within our relational context there will be opportunity to explore feeling, experience and behaviour in a way that increases personal awareness and insight, leading to the possibility of change. Introspection, reflection and contemplation will be invited as part of this process.
I seek to understand my client/s in the context of the overall matrix of their lives, the narratives that emerge therein, and the systems, familial, social, cultural, religious/ spiritual and political, which inform and frame their reality.
My style is invitational and democratic and my aim is to support you in an exploration of your unique lived experience. This process will contribute toward an expanded understanding of self, from a range of perspectives, cognitive, behavioural, relational and emotional..
Training, qualifications & experience
Before training in psychotherapy I worked for many years as a remedial massage therapist and Iyengar yoga teacher, working alongside other complementary health practitioners in pursuit of a holistic approach to health and well-being. I have studied extensively the Transactional Analysis model of psychotherapy over many years. Most recently a 2yr MSc training, with emphasis on a relational approach at Metanoia Institute.
I have worked extensively with children and young people in a range of organisational settings, both voluntary and private. I currently work in private practice with young people,adults and couples from consulting rooms in Brighton and Hove.
Beyond theoretical orientation, it should be remembered that the therapeutic encounter is essentially a person to person one, underpinned by humanity and defined at all times by respect.I am informed by both the humanistic as well as the psychoanalytic traditions and believe that it is the quality of the relationship that is significant and of fundamental importance to successful outcomes in therapy.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Group therapy
- Humanistic therapies
Differential according to location:
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Type of session
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I currently have some daytime and evening availability. Please contact for further clarification.
Types of client