Jacqui Lichtenstern UKCP & EAGT Reg. Psychotherapist, MSc Gestalt Psychotherapy
70 Borough High Street
1 Castle Mews
07947 163 902
I am a UKCP registered Gestalt psychotherapist working flexible hours at two practices in central and north London, both easily reached by public transport.
I offer the following therapy arrangements with adults as below:
- Individuals: 50 minute weekly sessions (6-12 weeks, 3-12 months and longer term)
- Counselling & psychotherapy trainees: 50 minute weekly sessions as required
- Couples: 50, 60 or 80 minute sessions - weekly/fortnightly/monthly as needed
You are welcome to book an initial 'taster' consultation at a reduced rate - see Fees section below
What situations can I help you with?
There are many situations that can feel overwhelming when struggling with them alone. Meeting with a professional therapist can be a significant first step in finding ways to support yourself in facing challenges in your life, such as:
- Major life events i.e. becoming a parent; starting a new job; moving house; ‘mid-life crisis’; migration and bereavement.
- Past events troubling you in the present i.e. coming to terms with childhood experiences; unresolved relationship issues and loss.
- Ongoing issues i.e. a sense of feeling ‘stuck’; unhelpful patterns of behaviour; issues of identity & belonging; mixed heritage issues; cultural clashes in relationships.
- Relationships i.e. couples struggling to feel heard and understood and wanting professional support to improve communication; looking to re-connect with love and passion; needing extra support during specific situations; or needing help in facilitating a respectful separation or divorce.
- Personal Development an interest in increasing self-awareness; developing your potential; moving towards living a more meaningful and fulfilling life.
What can you expect from therapy sessions with me?
- A safe, contained space for you to share your experience and to be heard in a non-judgmental way.
- We will explore together the situations that are troubling you and focus on increasing your awareness of present moment to moment experiences and any repeated patterns that have become unhelpful.
- Gestalt therapy is creative, experiential and experimental; we will work together, fine-tuning a balance between support and challenge in our sessions, developing new perspectives and choices with the potential for change.
- I work with integrity and compassion, and my intention is to 'walk alongside' you using my experience, skills and presence to support you on this part of your life's journey.
What is a taster session?
- This is an opportunity for you to get a sense of how I work before making a longer commitment.
- You will have the opportunity to talk about what brings you to therapy; what help you're looking for and to ask me questions.
- We can discuss my standard therapy agreement, clarify details regarding fees, holidays, cancellations and confidentiality, and discuss which arrangement might be most suitable for you.
- We are likely to have an initial sense of whether or not I would be the right therapist for you, but I encourage us both to take a few days to reflect on our session, and for you to meet another therapist if you wish, before making a decision.
- If we decide to work together, I will usually offer an initial 4 week contract, after which we review again about ongoing work.
It is widely acknowledged that it is the quality of the therapeutic relationship which is key to the process of healing, growth and change, so it makes sense to take time to choose a therapist who is the right 'fit' for you.
What is the Gestalt approach?
The Gestalt approach acknowledges the inter-relatedness of all life, recognising the uniqueness of every human as existing in the context of their historical experiences, family, culture, present situations and physical environment.
Encompassing a holistic perspective means that a person is viewed as a complex whole, where all aspects are valued; physical, emotional, psychological, intellectual, social, spiritual etc.
My particular areas of interest & experience include:
- Couples Relationships
- Identity & belonging
- Inter-cultural relationships
- Loss & bereavement
- Migration & refugee experience
- Mixed heritage
- Transgenerational trauma
My Professional Engagement
I am committed to my own ongoing personal and professional learning and development, (more details below). I am actively involved in the wider UK and European Gestalt community and was Chair of the UK Association for Gestalt Therapy and UK representative of the European Association for Gestalt Therapy from 2013-2017.
I work within the UKCP Ethical Principles & Code of Professional Conduct and the Metanoia Institute Code of Ethics and Professional Practice.
Training, qualifications & experience
- European Certificate of Gestalt Psychotherapy
- MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy
- Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy
- Certificate in Integrated Counselling Skills (Person-Centred, Psychodynamic & Psychosynthesis)
- Certificate in Couples work
- Certificate in Group work
- The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) - Registered Psychotherapist
- The European Association for Gestalt Therapy (EAGT) - Accredited Member (UK Representative: 2013-17)
- UK Association for Gestalt Practitioners (UKAGP) - Full Member (Chair: 2013-17)
- The Black, African & Asian Therapy Network (BAATN) - Directory Member
- Psychotherapists & Counsellors for Social Responsibility (PCSR) - Member
- Chartered Institute for Library & Information Professionals (CILIP) - Ordinary Member
- Mindfulness Practice
- Introduction to Systemic Constellations in Organisations
- Bodymind certificate course
Continued Professional Development (CPD)
I actively engage in ongoing learning and professional development through regular involvement at workshops, seminars and conferences focusing on a wide range of areas, these have included intergenerational trauma, diversity & inter-cultural issues, ecopsychology, relational Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, art & creativity, body process, spirituality and Gestalt Interactive Group Therapy.
Other areas of interest include: Oral History, post-Holocaust Generations, mixed heritage experience, refugee experience, ecological sustainability, and library & information science.
Psychotherapy and counselling - with adult individuals and couples
Mentoring - psychotherapeutic mentoring to university students (under-grads & post-grads)
Group Facilitation - on mixed heritage exploration (Identity & Belonging) and inter-generational dialogue (Echoes of the Holocaust)
Workshop facilitation - on anxiety and low self-esteem
Conference presentations - on prejudice and identity & belonging
Tutoring - counselling skills to prisoners and assisting tutoring psychotherapy trainees
Social care & support work - with adults and children with wide range of disabilities and mental health issues.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Asperger's syndrome
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Pregnancy and birth
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Fees on request
An initial reduced rate 'taster' session is offered as a trial appointment for you to decide if counselling/therapy is right for you without any obligation to continue.
- My room in Tulip House is on the third floor and the lift is available during office hours.
- My room at Aashna is on the first floor via a spiral staircase; a ground floor accessible room is can be booked if available upon request.
Please email me with any additional queries, to make an initial appointment or to arrange a phone call, and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client