Hugh Waterson UKCP Gestalt Psychotherapist, Counsellor and Supervisor MSc MBPsS
Hello. My name is Hugh. I am a UKCP registered Gestalt psychotherapist with over 15 years counselling experience. I aim to offer a safe and confidential space within which you can explore your current life concerns and challenges.Talking to an trained professional can help you address whatever difficulties you currently need support with.
You may be seeking professional help in order to discover more about yourself. You may feel your life is good but have a sense that something is missing, you are unable to relax with others or be fully yourself. Boredom and an emptiness has set in and you have a yearning for more joy, enthusiasm and connection with others. At times, you feel out of control and struggle with anxiety or depression and experience intrusive emotions such as panic, rage, shame or despair. This leaves you feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope with normal daily life tasks and opportunities.
I am able to explore with you a wide range of issues that include early attachment experiences, relational trauma, relationship breakdown and conflict, physical and sexual abuse, anxiety, depression, loss and bereavement, workplace stress, bullying, self-confidence and self-esteem issues, isolation and loneliness, sexuality and gender difficulties and ongoing life transitions.
- If you are struggling with an aspect of your life that is causing you considerable pain and distress.
- Or you are repeating familiar patterns that leave you feeling lost and stuck.
- Or you are finding it difficult to make decisions that result in feelings of confusion and fear.
Your next step is to:
1. Get in touch with me by phone or email and leave a brief message stating when I can contact you.
2. We would have a brief conversation to discuss any questions you may have about starting therapy and how we would proceed.
3.You would let me know of your availability during the week agreeing to a day and time convenient to both of us.
4. We would arrange to meet for an initial assessment to detemine what you want from therapy and how best we would achieve it.
5. I would send out a letter confirming details of our first session.
How we would work:
Gestalt therapy encourages a creative attitude towards life and personal growth with a focus on present experience, contact and awareness by addressing the whole person both mind and body. Therapy requires a delicate balance of safety and risk to heal and grow.
In working with you, I would be supporting you to pay attention to your current thoughts, feelings and physical sensations in order to increase your self-awareness and enable you to achieve clarity and understanding of what your needs and wants are. In colloboration with you, we would explore both your strengths and blocks to growth and change in living a more fulfilling life. We would work towards helping you make clearer choices when deciding upon what actions you might take in the future. Where appropriate, we might also work experimentally and creatively in ways that provide you with just enough support and challenge to explore your willingness to try new behaviours and enter into novel situations.
In offering you a confidential service, I abide by the Metanoia Institute and UKCP code of ethics.
Training, qualifications & experience
Having undertaken a variety of courses and workshops during my professional training, below is a summary of my main qualifications and accredited courses.
- MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy (Metanoia Institute, London: validated by Middlesex University)
- UKCP Registered Gestalt Psychotherapist
- Clinical Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy (Metanoia Institute, London)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Supervision (Relational Change)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Sunderland University)
- Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling (Insearch, Newcastle-upon-Tyne)
- Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS)
- BA (Honours) Psychology (Cape Town University)
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
We would be able to discuss fees when I first make contact with you.
I am able to negoitate lower fees if you are a student or on a low income.
Fees are payable by cash or cheque at the beginning of each session.
Until October 2014, I worked full-time as a Counselling Lecturer in a local Further Education college where I gained considerable experience in developing and teaching on a range of Higher Education counselling degree programmes. I have trained a large number of students in the North East of England who now work as qualified practitioners.
I occasionally organise and deliver one day and/or weekend workshops on a wide range of theoretical and personal development topics relevant to trainees and practitioners seeking CPD (Continued Professional Development).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer both daytime and evening sessions at my home in Burnopfield.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|