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Gillian Allan PhD
Therapists Information
Therapist Member Level:
  • Level 2
Counselling / therapy models / approaches:

Gestalt therapy

Special Interests:

Dream work
Working with creativity

Face to face training:

Edinburgh Gestalt Institute

Online training:

OCST training course

Professional organisation memberships :


Code of Ethics adhered to:


Description of my therapy services: Compassionate and creative gestalt therapy

Video or voice only


£55 per session

Additional Information
Membership Number: 0831

Would you like to move away from painful patterns to find more emotional and relational freedom?

It’s not always easy to know what the best way forward is. And, it’s not always easy to take time and space to look at difficult experiences or emotions. That’s why it’s important to find the right kind of therapy for you.

Gestalt therapy offers the chance to explore ways of finding more wholeness, authenticity, and self-worth. We do this by creating a space for you to uncover your own creative resources to deal with life’s difficulties and support your healing and growth.

I have experience of working with people with:

  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Blocks to creative expression
  • Unresolved painful childhood experiences

How we approach this is very much up to you. It depends on what you feel comfortable with and interested in.  We can talk things through and look at ways of connecting your words with your emotional experience, we can work with movement, explore the hidden resources which appear in dreams, or work with drawing or writing. The important thing is to go at your pace and find out what works for you.

I find working online to be effective and fruitful for clients. There are many benefits, including convenience in terms of not having to travel and choosing whether you want to do face to face work or voice only. It also offers the chance to open up an exploration of how to be more present and how to feel more alive when online. Conversely maybe you feel more alive online, in which case we can take that as a starting point to consider how you might develop more of this offline.

For ethical reasons therapists don’t ask clients for testimonials: my colleagues describe me as a compassionate, attuned, ethical and engaged practitioner. I've always been interested in relationships and emotions. Before training as a therapist I gained a PhD on the topic of friendship. I know it can feel difficult to reach out and start therapy so I aim to make the process of beginning as easy and welcoming as I can.

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