Magda Powell M.Sc., Dip. Psychotherapy,
Dip. Couns., Dip. Supervision,
UKCP Reg. Psychotherapist,
GPTI Accredited Member,
MBACP Accredited Counsellor.
07736 842385 or email gatewaytherapy@ymail.com

A UKCP Registered Gestalt Psychotherapist and a BACP Accredited Counsellor in Birmingham

My formal education was in Business Management with a specialisation in the field of Human Resources Management (HRM) in which I hold an M.Sc. I experienced working in office environments as impersonal and unfulfilling, subsequently becoming increasingly aware of needing to change my profession. I wanted more direct contact with people and decided to train as a counsellor myself, having previously experienced Gestalt therapy and its immense support from a client’s perspective.

Training as a Gestalt Psychotherapist

I started training as a counsellor in my mid 20s. Having completed a Certificate followed by a Diploma in Counselling, I then embarked on training as a Psychotherapist at the York Psychotherapy Training Centre and have qualified as a Gestalt Psychotherapist.

I am very enthusiastic and committed to my professional development.

I have attended several additional workshops, some which are listed below:

  • Survivors of abuse
  • Trauma
  • Self-Harm
  • Relational Living Body Psychotherapy
  • Voice and Movement
  • Gestalt approach to Eating Disorders

My particular interest as a Gestalt psychotherapist, and in a wider sense, is embodiment (i.e. how one experiences themselves in their body). I am a graduate of the Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy 2013 – 2015 Training Programme led by Ruella Frank, a leading trainer in this field, at the Center for Somatic Studies in New York.

I have also completed three series of workshops, each consisting of three training modules ‘Developing Embodied interventions and experiments within the co-created embodied field’ with Julianne Appel-Opper in Berlin. Julianne is world renowned in the field of embodied Gestalt Psychotherapy.

My experience

I have worked for the NHS, both in Primary and Secondary Care, and more latterly in outpatient and inpatient settings. I have extensive experience from within the NHS and my private practice in the following areas:

  • anxiety
  • abuse
  • depression
  • trauma
  • personality disorders
  • attachment issues
  • relationship difficulties
  • loss and bereavement
  • spirituality
  • addictions
  • eating disorders

I have also worked as a Counselling Assessor for a large voluntary agency. Being the first point of contact I assessed the new clients’ needs and assigned them to counsellors as appropriate.

My last counselling post within an organisation was for a University as a Student Counsellor, offering individual and group therapy sessions. I am currently a full-time Gestalt Psychotherapist and Supervisor in my private practice.

Qualifications:

Certificate in Counselling Skills (2005)

Diploma in Counselling (Gestalt) (2008)

Diploma in Supervision (2012)

Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy Training Programme (2015)

Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy (2020)

Professional membership

UKCP – a Registered member of the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy
GPTI – an Accredited Member of the Gestalt Psychotherapy & Training Institute

MBACP (Accred) — an Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Please note: not every BACP member is accredited. An Accredited Member would “have achieved a substantial level of training and experience that has been approved by BACP” as per BACP website.

If you would like to discuss how Gestalt therapy could be helpful to you, or you’d like to make an initial appointment, do contact me on 07736 842385 or email me. Further information about the practicalities of coming to see me can be found on my Contact me page.