About Gestalt Groups
We offer a range of different groups: introductory workshops in gestalt therapy, therapy groups, personal development groups and workshops/trainings on different aspects of gestalt therapy and group work.
We offer groups for ‘everyone’ as well as groups more specifically for practitioners and trainees, including psychotherapists, counsellors and people working in the field of mental and emotional health more widely.
Gestalt is a holistic and experiential therapeutic approach which is rooted in the humanistic tradition.
The word gestalt does not have a literal translation into English but it can roughly be translated to mean ‘a whole which is different to the sum of its parts’. This encapsulates the holistic flavour of Gestalt where we pay attention to our thinking, our feelings/sensations, and our behaviour rather than valuing any of these more highly.
The gestalt approach is practiced in work with individuals, couples, groups and organisations.
For more information about Gestalt, we like this summary, written for the United Kingdom Association of Gestalt Psychotherapists.
How we work
All the groups we facilitate have their foundations in Gestalt psychotherapeutic theory and practice.
With this in mind, the groups embody and express the Gestalt principles of Phenomenology, Field Theory and Dialogue.
In practice this means that we:
• use a holistic lens in our work
• pay attention to thinking, feeling and sensations in the ‘here and now’
• include experiential work in all our groups
• lean into description and awareness instead of just interpretation
• pay attention to a group’s relationships and dynamics
• recognise our intrinsic interconnectedness and interdependence
• offer both support and challenge
• offer a collaborative stance
• offer opportunities for experimenting and ‘trying on’ different ways of being and relating
• value and adhere to ethical practice guidelines
• value diversity
See our upcoming events to find out what groups are coming up over the next few months. For more information you can also read testimonials from previous group members and browse through our archive of past groups.
Our groups are primarily based in our home towns of Birmingham and Sheffield. We occasionally run groups in London and are also open to enquiries to facilitate groups in other UK locations.
If you have any questions, or would like to book a place on one of our upcoming groups, please register your interest using our contact form.
We met originally as trainees on the Gestalt Psychotherapy Practitioner programme at the Gestalt Centre in London. We began to successfully run groups together as part of our assessment whilst working towards UKCP accreditation as Gestalt Group Psychotherapists.
On completion of our training, we decided to continue working together and hence, gestalt groups was ‘born’.
Faisal Mahmood, MA, is a BACP (Accredited) and UKCP (Registered) psychotherapist and supervisor. He runs a private practice in Solihull. Faisal also works as a senior lecturer in counselling at Newman University in Birmingham where he has responsibility for the BACP accredited Integrative Counselling programme.
Faisal trained as a counsellor, and later as a psychotherapist, at The Gestalt Centre, London. His previous clinical experience includes working in a range of clinical settings such as GP surgeries, hospitals and voluntary organisations. He worked as an addiction service manager for many years and has over 20 years of clinical experience working with clients from a diverse range of backgrounds and with a wide variety of issues.
Faisal is giving this year’s prestigious 2018 Marianne Fry Lecture.
Visit Faisal’s website to learn more about his work and approach.
Emma Flax, MA, is a UKCP Registered psychotherapist. She runs a private practice in Sheffield.
Her original core training was with the Manchester Gestalt Centre and later she gained her MA and UKCP accreditation as both a psychotherapist qualified to work with individuals, couples and groups through the Gestalt Centre, London.
Her previous clinical experience includes working at Sheffield MIND and Sheffield Women’s Counselling and Therapy Service.
Visit Emma’s Website to learn more about her work and approach.
Our work is confidential and we are in regular supervision with senior UKCP registered supervisors. We are fully insured and both follow the UKCP’s professional and ethical code.
We are members of the following professional organisations:
- The UK council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
- British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
- UK Association for Gestalt Practitioners (UKAGP)
- The Gestalt Centre
- Gestalt Psychotherapy and Training Institute (GPTI)