Introduction to Gestalt counselling

"Lose your head and come to your senses", recommended Fritz Perls, founder of the Gestalt approach. The emphasis is on being fully present in the here and now using role play, movement, body awareness and more.

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1 week

10:30 - 17:30

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Full fee: £59
Senior fee: £59
Concession: £26

KS - Keeley Street

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Course outline

What is the course about?

The course will introduce students to the philosophy and approach of Gestalt therapy and counselling.

What topics will we cover?

The history and background of Gestalt.
The importance of awareness: living in the Here and Now.
Finishing unfinshed business: closure and completion.
Responsibility, choice and freedom; being response-able .
Contact and relating; I and Thou, and the need for clear boundaries in our relationships.

By the end of this course you should be able to:

Describe some of the main concepts of Gestalt.
Explain how Gestalt ideas can be applied to everyday experience.
Explain how Gestalt principles can be applied to counselling.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Introductory. No significant prior knowledge is expected, although some awareness of the world of counselling would be helpful.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Through a mix of :
Tutor input.
Class discussions.
Small group exercises.

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What feedback will I get?

You will receive regular feedback from your tutor throughout the course, as and when appropriate. At the end of the course you and your tutor are asked to assess the progress you have made. Feedback from the tutor, discussions with other students, and from a growing internal understanding within yourself.

How will I be able to give my views on the course?

Please complete the evaluation form at the end of your course. These are monitored and help us to continually improve our courses.

How do I find out if I can get some support for my learning?

You may be interested in: education and careers advice; financial and childcare support; disability support; support for Deaf and hearing-impaired students; dyslexia support; English and maths support; counselling, and library services (supported learning centre). To find out what may be available to you, and how to apply, see page 340 of the 14/15 course guide, or visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may be interested in one of our other counselling courses:

Introduction to cognitive behavioural therapy (PC401/PC408)
Introduction to Gestalt counselling (PC412)
Introduction to drama therapy (PC410)
Introduction to existential counselling (PC404)
Mindfulness and the person-centred approach (PC413)
Introduction to psychodynamic counselling (PC402)
Introduction to Jung (PC409)
An introduction to the unconscious (PC414)
Introduction to transactional analysis (PC406)
Introduction to psychosynthesis (PC407).

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Who can I contact for further information?

Tel: 020 7492 2530

Drop-in course advice (term-time only) Tuesdays 13.30 - 14.30 (please ask at the Department Enquiry Desk).

To enrol on a course, call 020 7831 7831.

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29/11/14 Sat 10:30 - 17:30 1 weeks KS - Keeley Street £59 £59 £26 PC403 Available » Select
14/06/15 Sun 10:30 - 17:30 1 weeks KS - Keeley Street £60 £60 £60 PC412 Available » Select

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Tel: 020 7492 2530

Drop-in course advice (term-time only) Tuesdays 13.30 - 14.30 (please ask at the Department Enquiry Desk).

To enrol on a course, call 020 7831 7831.