Rod London

Rod London

MSc, B.Ed.

UKCP Registered Gestalt Psychotherapist

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I am a UKCP Registered Gestalt Psychotherapist and BACP Accredited Counsellor with over 15 years’ experience of working therapeutically with adults in various settings. These have included schools, the NHS, Higher Education and voluntary sector. This broad range means I have the breadth and depth of experience to help with many life issues.

The approach I take is humanistic with Gestalt as the therapeutic core of my practice. I work with the whole person, including the context of your life, exploring the background and repeating patterns as well as whatever is causing difficulty now. I offer a holistic approach – believing that what may seem like isolated symptoms often reflect broader difficulties in our lives. Therapy sessions will usually include talking but sometimes also creativity with artwork, objects and movement, and occasionally can take place outdoors.

I offer both short and longer-term counselling and psychotherapy to individual adults. I am experienced in working with a range of issues that may cause anxiety and depression, stress and panic attacks, trauma and relationship difficulties. I have an interest in working with clients who have experienced losses of various kinds. With a background in education, both as a teacher and therapist, I also have experience around issues arising from working with children and childhood experiences.

Supervision is available both individually and in groups for qualified and trainee counsellors/psychotherapists as well as others in the helping professions.
I also provide a range of bespoke training and consultancy to groups and teams – in particular, developing reflective practice within schools and working with headteachers in Birmingham schools.

Training, qualifications and experience
  • MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy
  • Diploma in Counselling
  • Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Diploma in Supervision (working towards accreditation)
  • B.Ed. (Hons)
  • Tutor of Counselling certificate/diploma training; assessor for Welsh Psychotherapy Partnership
  • Gestalt Approaches to Learning in Organisations
  • Traumatic Attaching
  • Relational Mindfulness
Location

My practice is based in central Kings Heath, B14. There is on-street parking and it is close to the numbers 35, 50 and 76 bus routes. The location makes it accessible to most of south Birmingham including Edgbaston, Moseley, Shirley and Solihull.

Other current work
  • Senior Counsellor and team leader of the Counselling and Mental Health Service, University of Worcester
  • Counsellor/therapist for several employee assistance programmes
  • Group Supervisor for Carrs Lane Counselling Centre, Birmingham
  • Consultant to a firm of legal Chambers, Birmingham
Professional memberships
  • UKCP Registered Psychotherapist – United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy
  • BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist – British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • UKAGP (United Kingdom Association for Gestalt Practitioners) member and former Secretary
  • GPTI (Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute) Accredited member

Contact Rod

07980 931 754

rod@gestaltbirmingham.co.uk

Chris O'Malley

Chris O'Malley

MSc, BA

UKCP Registered Gestalt Psychotherapist

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I’m a widely-experienced psychotherapist (registered with UKCP), accredited counsellor (registered with BACP) and supervisor with over 15 years’ experience. I’ve worked privately, for the NHS, with staff in a University setting and as a therapist for serving officers in West Midlands Police.

My therapy practice reflects my lifelong interest in health and healing and is an integration of my personal experience, along with aspects of philosophy, psychology and clinical theory. I’m constantly developing my interest in therapy and write around clinical themes for professional journals. I bring my experience from working in education and music as well as influences from Buddhism and am generally experienced as a patient person with a sense of humour and a balanced viewpoint. I offer long and short-term therapy and personal development work to individuals.

My core modality is Gestalt, a creative, holistic approach which supports working at depth with the therapeutic relationship and embodied process and includes uncovering the influence of past and present situations on current difficulties. I’m sensitive to cultural differences and individual preferences and aim to help clients in developing enough support and awareness to grow into the choices and changes which, outside of therapy, have proved elusive.

I’ve particular interests in abuse, shame, low self-esteem, anger-management and depression but have experience in all areas.
I supervise from a pan-Humanistic perspective and have long experience with individual and group supervision for both students and qualified practitioners. I have provided Team-Building consultancy to organisations and CPD workshops for practitioners and welcome contact with regard to this.

Location

My practice is located mainly within the Zellig building, part of the Custard Factory complex in B9, Digbeth, Birmingham. This is near to main bus routes, has easy car parking and is accessible from New Street or Moor Street stations via foot (12-15 minutes) bus or taxi.

Supervisees have the option of seeing me at home in B14 where there is on-street parking and easy access from main bus routes such at the 50, 11 and 35 and 76.

Training, qualifications and experience
  • MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy, Metanoia Institute/Middlesex University
  • BA (Hons)
  • PGCE
  • ATCL
  • Dip. Counselling, UKCP Reg. Gestalt Psychotherapist,MBACP (accredited)
  • Diploma in Integrative Counselling 1999
  • Private Practice since 1999
  • Tutor for Level 3 Counselling Course, BCPC 2006
  • Counsellor for Smethwick Pathfinder NHS trust2007-2011
  • Staff Counsellor, University of Leicester 2011-2016
  • Tutor in Mindfulness at University of Leicester
  • Certificate in Counselling Supervision
  • Supervising Member (Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute)
  • Gestalt approaches to Learning in Organisations
  • Traumatic Attaching
  • The Psychopathological Field Co-Created Between Client and Therapist: A Relational Perspective
Other current work
  • Employee Support Case Manager (Therapist) for West Midlands Police
  • EAP Programme therapist
  • Research and publication of papers and letters in gestalt journals (BGJ/UKAGP/NGV)
  • Workshop presentation at International Psychotherapy Conference Toronto 2018
Professional memberships
  • UKCP Registered Psychotherapist – United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy
  • BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist – British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • UKAGP (United Kingdom Association for Gestalt Practitioners) member and former Treasurer
  • GPTI (Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute) Supervising Member

Contact Chris

07795 382 192

chris@gestaltbirmingham.co.uk

Matthew Lee

Matthew Lee

Bsc (Hons). Cert. Counselling

UKCP Gestalt Psychotherapist in training

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I provide a warm, non-judgemental and supportive presence and work primarily with a gestalt therapeutic style, focusing on the ‘here and now’ and present moment of what is happening for you in the session. By raising your awareness of this ongoing process I can help you to understand more fully what you’re bringing to therapy and who you are as a person. Our relationship is at the heart of the work together, i.e. how we relate to each other. So by exploring your experience – your thinking, feelings and emotions, I pay attention to my own experience when I am with you too and use it to inform what may be going on between us. By relating in this manner, patterns of your behaviour and how you are in the world become clearer. These can then be addressed and explored more deeply, and through this process possibilities to bring about change for can then become clearer.

I’ve worked in the higher education sector for over 16 years supporting young adults and as a volunteer counsellor since 2011. I am a registered trainee member of the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP),and abide by their code of ethics. Being registered is an assurance to you that I meet a minimum standard for safe and ethical practice. I am able to offer the reassurance of having an up to date enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check in place, which helps prevent unsuitable professionals from working with vulnerable people. I also have Professional Indemnity Insurance.

Location

My practice is based at the Custard Factory, Gibb Street, B9 4DJ in Birmingham city centre, which is served by good public transport links including a number of bus routes. New Street and Moor Street stations are both within 12-15 mins walking distance and there are also several car parks nearby.

Training, qualifications and experience
  • Advanced Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy (Masters level) Welsh Psychotherapy Partnership (WPP), Cardiff, now in the post-completion, dissertation writing phase
  • 3 years of post-graduate study completed on MSc Gestalt Psychotherapy programme, Metanoia, London
  • Certificate in Humanistic Counselling Skills, The Gestalt Centre, London
  • Working as a counsellor since 2011 at Coping with Cancer, Leicester and at Cedar Counselling, Birmingham
  • Visiting speaker on MSc Health Psychology programme at Coventry University delivering workshops in Key Skills in Gestalt Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy
  • The Living Body in Gestalt
Other current work

In the process of writing a contributory column for UKCP’s ‘New Psychotherapist’ magazine

Professional memberships
  • UKCP (UK Council of Psychotherapy) Trainee Member
  • UKAGP (UK Association for Gestalt Practitioners) Trainee Member
  • WPP (Welsh Psychotherapy Partnership) Trainee member

Contact Matt

07763 681 605

matt@gestaltbirmingham.co.uk