Gay Bucknall counselling and psychotherapy specialises in the provision of high quality and strictly confidential services in counselling and psychotherapy to individuals, couples and families. Gay addresses a wide range of relational and psychological concerns including trauma, adolescent health, relationship issues, self-esteem, depression, grief, life adjustment concerns and anxiety arising out of everyday life. Gay’s base modality is Gestalt Therapy but, as indicated by the situation, she also utilizes Family Constellation and Brainspotting approaches.
What is Gestalt therapy?
Gestalt therapy is a strand of the humanistic and relational approach to psychotherapy, it involves a sensitive, understanding, caring, supportive, and authentic two way engagement between client and therapist that has the potential of expediting personal discovery and learning. Its foundations lie in philosophy, specifically existentialism, phenomenology and Eastern thought; in psychoanalysis; and in Gestalt psychology and theory. Gestalt therapy owes its beginnings to Frederic and Laura Perls who initiated the first Gestalt therapy training institute in New York in 1952.
- Gestalt therapy is an holistic model that considers that a person and their behaviour cannot be understood as separate to their personal world so Gestalt therapists respectfully work with the client while holding awareness of the client’s broader field.
- Gestalt therapists pay attention to what is seen, heard and sensed as it emerges, noticing every aspect of the therapeutic encounter, including the clients embodied reactions both in and out of the clients awareness.
- In the relational therapeutic encounter Gestalt therapists engage with clients to make sense of the issue together.
- Gestalt therapy is an experiential process that uses interventions/experiments (with the consent of the client) to provide opportunities for clients to explore new data in the safety of the therapeutic situation.
- Gestalt therapists are mindful of being:
- fully inclusive of clients;
- fully present throughout the encounter; and.
- Willing to work with whatever may arise during the therapeutic encounter.
What is Family Constellations?
Family Constellations is a philosophy and methodology that was developed by Bert Hellinger in the late 1970’s- mid 1990’s. It is a field sensitive, phenomenological approach that explores relationships from either the perspective of the family of origin or the present family. We all come from family systems and are both individual and also part of our family system. Family Constellations offer the opportunity for clients to experience their situation by seeing it from another perspective through sight, hearing and feeling that often reveals unconscious patterning. Finding a healthy place in the family system can help all other aspects of life to fall into place particularly the sense of belonging, connection, self esteem and worthiness which are the roots for being in the world in a healthy way in relationships, success and in wellness.
What is Brainspotting?
Brainspotting (BSP) is a psychotherapeutic methodology that was discovered by David Grand in 2003. He came to understand that “Where we look affects how we feel”. BSP utilises the body’s natural self-scanning, self-healing ability. BSP is particularly useful in addressing and alleviating trauma symptoms that often overpower the mind and nervous system and prevent satisfactorily assimilated of the trauma.
Furthermore, BSP can also be used to enhance performance and creativity.
BSP is a useful tool for:
- resolving PTSD and alleviating trauma symptoms;
- alleviating anxiety associated with study and examinations;
- breaking down creative blocks;
- overcoming performance impasses for athletes; and,
- addressing negative belief patterns.