Tracey Dent-Brown, Gestalt Psychotherapist, MSc. BACP member.
I am a Gestalt Psychotherapist with thirty years’ experience of psychotherapy and counselling work in private practice, NHS and third sector settings. I offer therapy and supervision from my home between Beverley, Bridlington and Driffield in the East Riding of Yorkshire. I am a BACP member and was trained at Metanoia Institute in London, graduating with an MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy from Middlesex University in 2002.
I have worked in mental health and similar settings since 1989, first as an Occupational Therapist working in mental health before training as a Counsellor, and ultimately becoming a registered Psychotherapist following my Gestalt training. I am currently an Individual member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, adhering to their strict codes of conduct and ethical guidelines.
I am also fully trained trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) levels 1-4.
What is Gestalt Psychotherapy and how might it help me?
Gestalt therapy is a Relational, Humanistic, Existential psychotherapy. What this actually means in practice is that my training allows me to work with you to help you better understand how you relate to yourself and to the world. Human beings are meaning making creatures and the meanings we hold come out of our experiences with other people in our world from the moment we are born.
Gestalt helps us to understand how and why particular thoughts, feelings and behaviours came into being (as a result of even our earliest relationships and experiences) and more crucially how the understanding of these dynamics can help us make new and often healthier choices in the world.
Because ‘being’ and learning through relationship is vital to human growth and development, the client-therapist relationship is crucial to the therapy process. It is in this relationship where it is possible to try and understand old ways of relating and experiment with new ones.
One of the things I love about Gestalt is the accepting, non-shaming stance of the therapy process… the understanding that human beings do what we do with what we have available to us at the time. When more becomes available through our learning in helpful, nurturing relationships we are able to make choices that are richer and healthier and more meaningful for us as beings in the world.
A word about Body
The human body holds a very special place in Gestalt psychotherapy. What sets us apart from the animal kingdom is our ability to use our advanced cognitive and verbal skills to conceptualise, reason and communicate with other people and the body frequently gets forgotten. However, it is through our bodies that we actually meet the world. Through our senses of touch, sight, sound, smell, taste and movement, so every minute interaction comes through the body and has an impact on the body. It is the place we experience and store our internal and relational experiences and even when our thinking brain has forgotten these experiences our bodies remember them. Therefore, noticing what happens in the body in the therapy process is vital.
EMDR is a psychological treatment for intrusive images and thoughts such as occur in PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). It aims to address the beliefs and feelings which are triggered by distressing thoughts, images and memories. It is a short-term therapy of typically 8-10 to sessions depending on the person and the trauma. EMDR sessions are usually between 60-90 mins depending on the particular stage in the EMDR process.
Areas of specialism
Over the many years I've been working in this field I have worked in most sectors of the mental health services these include NHS 'Severe and Enduring' mental health in-patient settings and community based Psychological Therapy services as well as an NHS Staff Counselling Service. I've also worked at Hull University in their Staff and Student counselling service (as well as teaching on their Foundation Degree in Counselling run in conjunction with Focus Counselling in Hull). I've also worked as an expert practitioner working for organisations who's employees experience trauma as a result of their work.
So as you can imagine I've worked with many, many different therapy issues, each one of them unique to the individual experiencing them. I guess the work that I am most frequently called on to work with as a therapist and offer training around are in the areas of trauma and abuse and it's work that I feel committed to doing. Alongside this I have developed a specialism in working with OCD (Obsessive -Compulsive Disorders) and anxiety issues. In particular I offer work around Dental Anxiety/Phobia. I use a mixture of EMDR and talking/creative therapies to work with these issues.
Supervision and teaching
Over the years I have both written and taught counselling training courses from certificate to foundation degree level. I have also run shorter stand alone workshops on a range of therapy subjects. I love teaching and supervising! I absolutely believe that the learning process should be rich, enjoyable and meaningful for both teacher and learners. And I have been lucky enough to do the thing I love across many years and in many different settings.
In terms of the therapy process good supervision is vital. It is the place where we can take our fears, concerns, mistakes and triumphs. It should be both nurturing and challenging, a place of support and growth. That is what I require from my own supervision and it is what I commit to giving to my supervisees whether they are trainees or qualified practitioners and just as with the therapy process it is the relationship between myself and the supervisee that is the vital ingredient.
For more about my supervision practice, see the page at: https://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/supervisor_64879.html
Training, qualifications & experience
- 1989 Diploma of the College of Occupational Therapists
- 1990 Clinical Supervision levels 1 and 2 (College of Occupational Therapists)
- 1993 Diploma in Advanced Counselling and Therapy Skills (Jesmond Centre for Humanistic Therapy)
- 2002 Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy (Metanoia Institute)
- 2002 MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy (Middlesex University with Metanoia Institute)
- 2012 Level 1-4 EMDR training (EMDR Europe)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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Individual Psychotherapy £42-£50 per 60 min session depending on household income and personal circumstances.
Where funding for individual therapy comes from a third party I ask for blocks of three sessions to be paid in advance. This is so that if funding is withdrawn at short notice there is still time for a satisfactory ending to be made.
Workplace Counselling £60 per 60 min session (for individual referrals funded by employer)
EMDR Therapy £50 per 60 min session. Longer EMDR sessions pro rata.
Group supervision by arrangement. Individual Supervision £50 per 60 min session for qualified practitioners (£45 for trainees)
Please note because when we commence ongoing counselling or supervision together I commit to maintaining a space for you in my caseload, I cannot easily fill that space should you not attend. Therefore, I operate a cancellation fee policy. This means that I charge for all sessions missed unless previously agreed together before hand (in the case of planned holidays, medical appointments etc).
Fees can be paid by cash, cheque or direct bank transfer.
I work from a purpose-built therapy room in the garden of my home in a small tranquil village in the East Riding. It’s a setting that my clients and supervisees tell me helps to bring a feeling of calm when the rest of the world can feel like it’s in chaos!
Driving time to Beverley – 20 minutes, Bridlington/Driffield – 25 minutes, Hull – 40 minutes.
Off street parking available. Sadly, I am not able to offer full disabled access into my consulting room however the steps up from the driveway do have handrails.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I work weekdays up to 6pm, subject to availability.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
Supervision and teaching.