Jen McKenna, Counsellor & Psychotherapist
I am a UKCP registered Gestalt Psychotherapist with an MSc in Gestalt psychotherapy from Metanoia Institute in association with Middlesex University. I have been practicing for over five years. I offer a confidential service and abide by the code of ethics for both Metanoia Institute and UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy).
I am a registered member of:
UKCP, Metanoia Institute, and the UK Association for Gestalt Practitioners
During the last 5 years, I have worked with people dealing with issues such as:
• anxiety and depression,
• bereavement/losing a loved one,
• relationship issues with family, friends and people at work,
• overcoming traumatic events,
• chronic illness,
• anger management,
• low self-worth,
• obsessive compulsive patterns,
• problems with food
• traversing life-changing decisions such as divorce or career changes
• suicidal thoughts and self-harm
How I’ll work therapeutically with you
I aim to help people move out of painful or unhelpful patterns and to live a fuller and more satisfying life. My approach to therapy is tailored to suit your unique way of being in the world. As part of how I work, I listen closely to you and work side by side with you to understand your dilemmas, help shed more light on them, and explore creatively alternative approaches to them. Adopting a holistic approach I aim to create a space that is open to exploring creatively with you what you bring. I view the whole of you in the context of your unique needs, values and history. Harnessing your imagination, creativity and embodied expression I aim to support you in accessing your inherent resources and strengths, and to make better use of them.
What is Gestalt Therapy?
Gestalt therapy is a creative and experiential approach that both supports and challenges us to increase our awareness of how we do or don’t get our needs met in our lives. By doing so we expand our potential to adapt more flexibly and suitably to the situations we find ourselves in.
Gestalt therapy is an experiential approach that generally focuses on how we function in the present moment, and helps us discover our own ways of managing difficulties and living more effectively. Gestalt psychotherapy and counselling works with the body as well as with the mind and emphasises how we relate to ourselves, others and the wider environment.