Manchester Gestalt Centre
Manchester Gestalt Centre has been in existence for over 20 years. It is one of the main centres in the UK providing gestalt therapy and training. There are 5 therapists working at the centre who are all experienced and qualified psychotherapists. They are: Joy Appleby, Alessandra Meriz, Peter Philippson, Danny Porter and Shirley Summers.
Gestalt therapy is creative and experimental and challenges and supports the person to look at and expand their potential through becoming more aware of how they get or don’t get, their needs met in their lives. Gestalt has an experiential approach to counselling and psychotherapy which aims to help the individual discover their own ways to manage difficulties and live more effectively. Gestalt has many different influences and strands and works with the body as well as with the mind. It is an approach to therapy which looks at how a person can function more effective in the present moment in order to get their individual needs met. Gestalt therapy emphasises developing a better way of relating to ourselves, others and the wider environment and is a therapy which explores many life issues including: relationship problems, stress, anger, anxiety, depression, sexuality, work issues, confidence, low self esteem and bereavement.
Training, qualifications & experience
All the psychotherapists are registered through the UKCP which means they have a professional post graduate qualification in gestalt psychotherapy. They are also very experienced practitioners who have all individually been working in the field for more than 20 years each.
Member organisations *
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
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.
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling we deal with
Fees range from £45 - £55.00 per session, depending on the therapist.
Some concessions are offered.
Sessions are 50 – 60 minutes long
The Tuesday evening therapy group 7 - 9 is £25.00
It is worth checking with the individual therapist for precise fees and availability.
The therapists at the centre work with individuals, couples and groups.
Introduction to Gestalt courses are run regularly throughout the year.
The Centre also offers longer training courses, see the website for more information www.mgc.org.uk
Contact the centre for further information