UKAGP Newsletter ~ November 2014
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UKAGP Newsletter ~ November 2014


Dear Gestalt Colleagues

Firstly, the committee would like to thank all of you who attended the UKAGP Pre-Conference Dinner & Social and One Day Conference 2014, for making the event such a great success and for welcoming our European colleagues so warmly.  As the first experience of sharing a venue with the EAGT to host meetings, conference, AGMs and social, all went smoothly and many new connections were made both within the UKAGP and with our European colleagues.  

Please go to our website: for links to a creative and evocative 4 minute film that Alice Gale-Feeny, BGJ Editorial Assistant, made during the breaks at the conference, and to listen to recordings of the keynote presentation and panel discussion. 

We are sending this newsletter to all conference attendees; if you would like to receive future newsletters, and have the opportunity to submit articles or information or advertise events of interest for free, then please do sign up to become a UKAGP member:

A new impetus at this years AGM was the presentation of a Strategy Plan for the UKAGP by Liz Beauchamp, previously Honorary Treasurer and now elected member of the committee.  This can be read on the conference page of the website.
Any participants who have not yet completed the conference feedback questionnaire, please take a few minutes to do so at:  online survey

One Day Conference ~ September 2014

2014 Conference Record Attendance


Our One Day Conference at the Wesley in London, entitled ‘Enriching Our Community’ attracted a record 66 members, friends and guests and began in great style with an enriching dinner and social event, attended by both UKAGP and EAGT members and other colleagues from the Gestalt community.


Thanks to everyone who managed to attend, and make the conference such a success.



We plan to draw on that enthusiasm for our community at the Summer Conference in July 2015.


Conference Feedback


To help gauge how best to develop the 2015 conference we also conducted a short survey, post conference, and had some fantastic feedback that we’d like to share.


Over two thirds of attendees who participated in the survey came to the conference to ‘network’ and experience ‘personal development and growth’ with nearly 90% sharing there was a ‘good to excellent’ space for exchange of information with other participants socially.


In addition,100% of respondents felt the conference relevance was good to excellent, with over 95% expressing that the quality of the panel discussion was good to excellent. More than 80% felt the keynote was good to excellent, and we also had some useful comments suggesting we need to allow longer for such important aspects of the event.


Over all you told us that you enjoyed the conference, with just under 70% of respondents Very Satisfied with the whole experience.


Finally nearly 50% agree to promote UKAGP and support our community and UKAGP more widely within the Gestalt Community.


The real benefit of asking for your comments is to help us develop listen, digest and further develop relevant and engaging experiences for you.  So, ‘Thank You’ for both your participation, enthusiasm, guidance and for telling us directly about your experience.



2015 is already at the forefront of the committee’s effort and we look forward to the exciting times we see ahead for UKAGP. 


Nourishing, Enriching and Engaging Our Community in 2015


Please do take time to note the dates for the 2015 residential conference, and as soon as details are confirmed the Conference Organising Group, who incidentally would still like enthusiastic volunteers to help, will begin to share details of the event and schedule.


If you have engaging and provoking ideas that can help develop this event into another rousing success, please do contact the committee via Natasha at

UKAGP Residential Conference
3rd - 5th JULY 2015

We are looking to hold our next conference in a venue located in the midlands/north of England. Please let us know if you have any recommendations or suggestions; they will be very gratefully received!

Please email us via Natasha at
2014 / 2015

Committee Nominations
Liz Beauchamp and Rachel Kellett were nominated and voted as new members to the Organising Committee at this years AGM. Jacqui Lichtenstern stood down as required after 3 years on the committee, and was re-nominated and voted back on.
Therapy Group - Places available

I have been running a therapy group in London since January 2007.  We have met four times a year (Thursday and Friday), and it has been geared to qualified psychotherapists and senior trainees who have done a good amount of personal therapy and want to continue their personal development.
At our last group, we decided to metamorphose: we will now cut our link specifically to London, and meet at a very pleasant and financially reasonable residential venue we have found in the Midlands.  The cost at present (my fees, accommodation and all food) is around £250 each time, and will reduce if more people join.
If you or anyone you know would like to join or to find out more, please get in touch with me.
Best wishes, Peter Philippson,

The British Gestalt Journal
13th annual BGJ Seminar Day
Future Sense: Five Explorations for an Awakening World
with Malcolm Parlett
Saturday 22nd November 2014
11:00am - 4:00pm
Venue: Toynbee Hall, Lecture Hall, 28 Commercial Road, London E1 6LS.

Miriam Taylor
Understanding and Working with Dissociation

Saturday 14th March 2015 
Central Oxford
Lynne Jacobs & Gary Yontef
5 day workshop

1- 5th April 2015 
Lydiard Park Conference Centre
Flyer attached: BGJ May 20

BGJ Website

Dear All,

We are currently in the process of a major rebuild of the British Gestalt Journal Website and I am writing to keep you informed of developments and to ask for your help and support.

Over the next few weeks we will be collating and digitising the entire BGJ archive.  This will mean that any article will be availble for download on demand for a nominal fee.  Not only will we continue to bring out the journal in printed form twice a year as usual, but we will be publishing news, articles, reviews and more informal content on the website, including visual images.  This opens up all kinds of new possibilities and opportunities.

This is where we would like your help. In order to develop this history of Gestalt therapy in the UK for the website, we are looking to collect facts and memories and to chart the lives of the various Gestalt trainings, and conferences, past and present. If you have any contributions to make, such as when a training started (or ended), who was involved, significant events, photographs, memories, or ideas, please get in touch. All contributions will be credited if used on the website. Please also let us know of people who might be interviewed.
Best Wishes,
Editor, British Gestalt Journal

The UKAGP Team - Who we are

UKAGP Administrator: Natasha Wilson

Following on from my assisting with the organisation and administration of the UKAGP Residential Conference in June 2013, I was invited to continue working for the UKAGP for a further 18months as a pilot scheme.  I shall be assisting with membership processing, and giving support to the Committee in whatever administrative and organisational capacity is needed.  I will also be assisting with a review of the administrative and operational systems currently in place to increase efficiency and coherence.

My background is in health care, complementary therapies, and administration and I now combine these skills in my work.  Along with the administrative role for the UKAGP, I also work as General Practice Manager of The Practice Rooms, an organisation that provides space for the practice of talking and complementary therapies.

I am passionately interested in the process of change and transformation and so am very happy to be working with the UKAGP.  

The Organising Committee

Jacqui Lichtenstern – Chair

I have been working therapeutically in a variety of contexts since age 14, including integrated play, youth and care work, and completed my MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy at Metanoia after an initial training in Integrative counselling. I am passionate about making connections, engaging with the wider community from the beginning; becoming  a member of GPTI, AAGT & PCSR, attending diverse conferences and CPD training across modalities, assisting teaching at Manchester Gestalt Centre and to prison inmates, and facilitating groups & workshops on issues of identity, belonging and mixed heritage. I have a small private practice and work as a therapeutic mentor to university students, and as part-time librarian at Metanoia. I am delighted to represent UKAGP in EAGT, and see my role as playing a part in enabling UKAGP to grow and develop into becoming more widely known as the National Organisation for Gestalt Therapy (NOGT) in the UK. 

Rod London – Secretary

I worked for 20 years as a primary school teacher in various Birmingham schools. Alongside this I trained initially at Birmingham Counselling Centre, followed by psychotherapy training at Metanoia. By the time I graduated in 2011, I had left teaching and currently work co-managing a university counselling and mental health team, in GP practices and run a small private practice.

I see UKAGP as offering a unifying opportunity for what sometimes seems a very disparate gestalt community. It could become the first place anyone interested in gestalt looks for information about gestalt practice and practitioners in the UK. Additionally, UKAGP events and communications have provided a sense of belonging for me - something I hope you find too.

Ruth Nightingale – Finance Officer

I came to Gestalt in 2006 having reached a stuck place in my working and personal life. Gestalt made sense and I began studying for a career in this field; qualifying with an MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy from Middx/Metanoia in June 2011.

During this time I was fortunate to be able to also study with Ruella Frank in New York. This complementary training on Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy (DSP) enhanced my Gestalt learning and remains a clear interest in my client work, and I deliver Introductory workshops in DSP and Relational Movement. 

I live and work in London; am in private practice, support a counselling placement delivering to NHS patients, provide business consultancy for counselling services in the region, am an assistant tutor at Metanoia Institute and run a Women’s Therapy Group. 

I joined UKAGP at its inception, and bring to the committee my skills learnt through running my own business along with a need for order! I have a passion for our work which has led me to meet Gestalt Therapists from all over the world. The opportunity to be part of a UK community that brings peer support and peer learning both face to face and virtual is what UKAGP can provide through its membership. 


James Bailey - Membership Recruitment, Publicity and Marketing Officer

I have spent my nearly 30 year business career working in UK and International media, primarily in advertising sales and commercial strategic/business development, and currently work at CNN, the international news broadcaster. In 2003 I began my training as a Psychotherapist at the Gestalt Centre, graduating in 2013, and I now balance my working week between CNN, private practice and voluntary therapy work in London and Sevenoaks.

My hope is to find exciting reasons for new members to join UKAGP.

Jane Flint – Regional and Special Interest Groups Co-ordinator

My Gestalt training began in 2002 with GPTI at the York Psychotherapy Training Centre. In 2009 I completed my MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy at Metanoia. Prior to my MSc, I completed an MA in Integrated Counselling Studies at the University of Nottingham.  I have clinical experience in the NHS, voluntary sector and private practice. As Regional and Special Interest Groups Co-ordinator, I’m interested in facilitating the formation of regional groups and special interest groups by helping members to connect with each other.  If you are interested in starting or being part of a group, please get in touch with me.

Helen Thomas – Trainee Representative

I began my Gestalt training in 2010 at Metanoia/Middlesex and am currently in my 4th year of study.  My current placement work is at a low cost counselling service in west London and I plan to begin a small private practice in 2014. My background is in software development and management in both the private and public sectors and I now work at the Houses of Parliament.

As Trainee Representative, I’m interested in how the wider Gestalt community can both support and benefit from the trainee community especially as trainees transition to fully fledged therapists. I am aware how vital peer support has been throughout my training so far and want to keep giving and receiving this as I progress professionally. I volunteered to be the trainee representative at the June 2013 conference (when I was one of two trainees there!) and I enjoy bringing naive and challenging questions to the committee on behalf of newer therapists as well as trying to help answer them. 

Dawn Gwilt – Welsh Representative and Pre-accreditation and Research Representatitve

In July 2013 I finished the taught part of my psychotherapy training at the Welsh Psychotherapy Partnership in Cardiff.  I am now working towards UKCP accreditation, and therefore I am very interested in finding ways to support those of us at this stage of training - pre-accreditation/ post-training.  I am also keen to encourage more links with research, and would be very interested to hear from members on either of these topics. 

Liz Beauchamp - 
MSc (Gestalt Psychotherapy), UKCP Registered: MBA.

I graduated from Metanoia in 2011 and I work part time as a psychotherapist in private practice in East London. Having completed an MBA in 2005 I became a self-employed business consultant working primarily with owner/managers helping them to achieve their goals. Whilst studying I realised how compatible my consultancy work was with Gestalt and so completed a Diploma in Organisational Gestalt. I’ve found this has complemented my consultancy work and enables me to use my passion for Gestalt in a much wider context – my business clients seem to find it quite useful too!

In my spare time, which I’m always trying to increase, I love to travel and enjoy trekking in far and distant lands where I’m never happier than when the phone has no signal, the only running water is in a nearby stream and the only decision to make is whether to wear an extra layer!

Rachael Kellett

Rachael Kellett is a UKCP accredited Gestalt Psychotherapist working in private practice in Beaconsfield, Bucks and Wimpole Street, London.  She works with individuals, couples, groups and facilitates workshops.  She is also a Relax Kids Coach.


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