Jacqui Lichtenstern Verified Professional Verified Professional
Verified Professional

Every professional displayed on Counselling Directory has been independently verified by our team to ensure they have suitable credentials to practise.

UKCP & EAGT Reg. Psychotherapist, MSc Gestalt Psychotherapy

About me

I am a UKCP registered Gestalt psychotherapist working with individuals and couples in north London, easily reached by public transport.

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.

My particular areas of interest & experience include:

  • Couples Relationships
  • Eco-therapy
  • Identity & belonging
  • Inter-cultural relationships
  • Loss & bereavement
  • Migration & refugee experience
  • Mixed heritage
  • Transgenerational trauma

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.

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.

Who do I work with?

I work with adults and have a particular experience in working with people from mixed heritage backgrounds and in mixed relationships, those from immigrant and refugee families, and university students.

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.


I work with adults who are familiar with therapy and counselling, trainee therapists and those for whom it is the first time to seek psychological support. You may be looking for support because of:

  • 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.
  • Personal Development an interest in increasing self-awareness; developing your potential; moving towards living a more meaningful and fulfilling life.


I offer relationship work to couples in many situations. You may:

  • be in a new relationship and recognising that challenges will arise in any relationship, and would like to explore constructive ways to approach them, maybe doing things differently from previous relationships.
  • have become stuck in old unhelpful patterns and are looking for help in finding new ways to communicate with each other;
  • be unhappy together and contemplating separation or divorce and want to be sure that this is the right step to take;
  • have decided separate or divorce and want guidance on doing so respectfully and minimising hurt to each other and/or any children.

Groups in N12

  • Identity & Belonging;
  • Mixed Heritage and relationships
  • University Student Mentoring Support

Taster Session

You are welcome to book an initial taster session, which is:

  • A first step into exploring therapeutic support.
  • Time for you to experience how I work before making a commitment.
  • An opportunity to talk about what brings you to therapy, what your hopes and expectations are, and to ask me any questions you may have.
  • Space to discuss my fee structure, holidays, cancellations and confidentiality, and discuss which arrangement might be most suitable for you.
  • Although we are likely to have an initial sense of whether or not I would be the right therapist for you, 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.
  • We can then agree an initial short term contract after which we will review about further work.

Training, qualifications & experience

My Professional Engagement

I am committed to my own ongoing personal and professional learning and development.


  • 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

Accredited & Registered Memberships

  • The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) - Registered Psychotherapist
  • The European Association for Gestalt Therapy (EAGT) - Accredited Member (UK Representative: 2013-17)

Professional Memberships

  • 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

Additional Training

  • 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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.


UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


European Association for Gestalt Therapy (EAGT)

The European Association for Gestalt Therapy (EAGT) was founded in 1985, with the aim of fostering a high professional standard for Gestalt therapy and encouraging research. Today over 1000 members (institutional and individual) from more than 20 European Nations are already part of the association. Ordinary Members must have either trained at an EAGT Accredited Training school or completed a training programme comprising at least 1450 hours. Members of this body must adhere to their Code of Ethics, and there is a complaints process to allow members of the public to bring concerns to the body's attention.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

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.

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Personal development


Additional information

Therapy Agreement

An agreement to work together is a relational venture that requires a personal investment of your commitment, time and money.

I offer a range of fees according to location, time and financial circumstance.

Taster Session

You are welcome to book an initial taster session to get a sense of how I work.

Type of session

In person

Types of client


Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.