Prefer Experiences to Things?
Really knowing your self is one of the most exciting and fulfilling experiences you can have...
BUT you need someone along with you.
Professionally Qualified, Experienced Psychotherapist, Counsellor, Supervisor and Trainer
For more than 25 years Gerrie Hughes has been working therapeutically with people, supporting them to:
•Feel better about themselves
•Make more satisfying relationships
•Be less stressed
•Find their place in the world
and to move on from:
•Bereavement (recent and from long ago)
•Relationship difficulties (including working with couples)
•Self esteem issues
‘Only Connect’ Gerrie at Turin conference May 2019
‘It helps us to explore the connection to ‘other’ if we do it at an inter-personal level. It is here that, as professionals, our main concerns are often to be found. Yet the non-human is also present and is part of our networks of connection. Our ancestors lived in a world in which rocks and rivers were alive, frogs and starlings could talk and a guiding spirit was intimately concerned with all beings. We still live in that world, but we have lost awareness of it. We suffer for the burning of the rainforests, yet we deflect this pain and turn it into grandiosity, loneliness or depression.’
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‘The Fertile Void’ EAGT Conference September 2019
With Piergiulio and other Gestalt practitioners from Europe, Asia and the US, sharing in the exploration of the issues deeply affecting our world now. Our workshop explored ‘Disequilibrium’, understanding how, while novelty and uncertainty can bring excitement and engagement to our lives, too much of it causes us to falter. When this happens, we can rely on our ‘ground’ to steady us - literally the ground beneath our feet, but also, the familiar structures and consistent aspects of our experience. We need both excitement and steadiness in order to thrive.
'It seems as though my life has been about finding out what it means to be human. Therapy has been a big part of that, both in my own explorations and then in my work alongside others. Choosing Gestalt has meant that I have a fascinating, complex theoretical and philosophical framework informing my work and life.
Writing has also been important. My book, ‘Competence and Self-care in Counselling and Psychotherapy’, published by Routledge in 2014, brings together everything I learned in more than 20 years of being a psychotherapist. When it was finished, I realised that the ideas in it were applicable to anyone who works with other people and decided to develop them further, and make them more widely available.
I am researching for another book, examining human responses to the transitions in our society, and the speed at which change is taking place. I am discovering that writing about change is tricky because, as soon as something is down on paper, the world has moved on. So I’ve been searching for an approach that captures the essence of human experience in a visceral way, privileging senses over intellect. I think contemporary food writing does just that, so I have been studying the work of people who do it well and practising by writing blogs and posting on Instagram, where there is a community of food writers. Mostly I write about life rather than about cooking and eating, which means that it does not involve recipes. Except sometimes it may…
Throughout my career I have appreciated regular, ongoing support from a consultative supervisor, a senior practitioner with whom I meet monthly to reflect on my work and air any difficulties, successes and curiosities. The value of the support I have received from the eminent and highly respected practitioners who have performed this role informs my own Supervision work, whether it is with other psychotherapists, counsellors, coaches, social workers, nurses or anyone in a challenging role who wants to sustain effective practice.
Having run my own business for 30 years, I am as much an entrepreneur as a therapist. I offer support for setting up in private practice to individuals and groups.'
Experience Your Self
Experiencing psychotherapy offers a unique relational context that can be exciting, challenging, confusing and profoundly transformational.
These are some outcomes:
Develop your personal Presence: the ability to remain resourced and choice-full in any situation.
Discover the Values that underlie your beliefs and actions.
Broaden your range of available responses and so achieve more satisfying outcomes.
Enjoy more fulfilling relationships.
Access your creativity and ability to innovate.
Alongside her private practice, she has worked in:
•Higher and Further Education
•Tutor at Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling and on other counselling and psychotherapy courses across South Wales and the West of England.
She is also a UKCP accredited Clinical Supervisor and European Association for Gestalt Therapy accredited Organisational Practitioner.
Author of this title, published by Routledge in 2014
What people say about Gerrie's book:
'I would like you to know how refreshing , useful and enlightening I have found your book Competence and Self-Care in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am recommending it for all the counsellors I supervise, work with, train and meet.'
Gerrie Hughes MA, UKCP Reg. Gestalt Psychotherapist and Supervisor, Coach and Facilitator
My major trainings have been in Gestalt, which is a philosophy and practice of engagement between a person and their world. It enables understanding of what helps us to bring our selves fully into the moment to meet the 'other', and how we avoid doing so because of the limitations that, as humans, are natural to us, but not always necessary. Gestalt is experimental in that it encourages an attitude of willingness to try something out and, if it doesn’t work, trying something else, and to keep on doing that until we achieve the best outcome possible. For me, being a Gestalt practitioner is about finding ways of supporting the people with whom I work so that they can find and integrate aspects of themselves that they had not previously been able to call on in their lives.
I have practised yoga for thirty years, appreciating how Vedic philosophy permeates all levels of experience: body, mind, emotions, intuition and context. When something is true, it is true in all philosophies, and I appreciate the parallels between yoga and Gestalt.
I became involved in Community Building (M.Scott Peck) and Hellinger’s Systemic Constellations and trained to be able to facilitate both.
Writing is both a solace and a discovery for me. It took a long time (and a lot of therapy) for me to believe that I might be a person who could write, who would write… At the moment I concentrate on non-fiction, mainly connected with my work. Later on, I plan to take out the two unfinished novels I have ‘in my drawer’ and find a way to make them work.
Psychotherapy, Counselling, Coaching and Supervision
If you are feeling distressed or out of balance and noticing the effects in your work and life, then psychotherapy and counselling offer a space in which to pick over the combination of circumstances (and usually it is that) which led you to this place. The therapeutic relationship is a safe haven in which to heal, and find your self again. Meetings are usually face-to-face and take place weekly for an hour.
Maybe you know that your busy life and demanding work makes you vulnerable to becoming stressed. coaching offers a context in which your resourcefulness can be recognised and freed-up; a place for a ‘reality-check’ on what you are experiencing, and to vision your future. Meetings may take place monthly, or a combination of kinds of contact may work best, for example a face-to-face or Skype session monthly, supplemented by email or text contact as negotiated.
Consultative Supervision is where work issues can be explored and unpicked. It can be particularly useful for those whose main focus is on creating effective working relationships with others (leaders, HR professionals, social workers, teachers, medics etc.). New insight can be brought on problematic situations and helpful ways forward identified.
My practice is based in Penarth, a small sea-side town in the Vale of Glamorgan with a Victorian pier and lots of interesting shops and cafes. Penarth is on the opposite side of Cardiff Bay from the Wales Millennium Centre and Mermaid Quay. All the other big-city amenities Cardiff has to offer are easily within reach.
There is a direct route to Penarth from Junction 32 of the M4, which makes it easily accessible by car from Bridgend, Port Talbot and Swansea in the west; Newport, Chepstow, Bristol and Bath in the east and Pontypridd, Merthyr and Brecon towards the north. There are regular bus services from Cardiff to the centre of Penarth, and my office is easily walkable from there. There are three train stations in Penarth and my house is 10 minutes walk from Dingle Road or Penarth central.
Gestalt Psychotherapy, Counselling, Coaching and Supervision
Gestalt is a whole person approach: working with emotions, body and breath, and transpersonal and environmental matters, as well as cognitive behavioural concerns. As human beings we seek to create whole experiences and endow them with meaning; deciding whether, for us, ‘the glass is half full or half empty’. Our experiences emerge from interaction with what surrounds us, and particularly from our contact with other human beings. Therapy offers a context in which to explore how we make sense of our world: affirm aspects that work effectively and address those that are less effective. Coaching and supervision are often lively, experimental and transformative.
If you think you might be interested in Gestalt therapy, counselling or coaching, or if you are a counsellor, psychotherapist, social worker or ina demanding work role seeking supervision please contact me. I am an experienced supervisor and trainer in both clinical and organisational settings. I specialise in supervision for counsellors, psychotherapists and others wishing to establish themselves in private practice.
I also offer Employee Assistance Provision (EAP) for counselling in business and organisational consultancy, supervision and training.
If you are the leader of a company or organisation and want to offer effective development and support to your staff - and they, after all are what makes your business a success - please contact me to discuss Employee Assistance Provision (EAP), staff counselling, non-managerial supervision and consultancy and training. For key members of staff Coaching can enhance performance and communicate value. I specialise in supporting leaders to develop their personal presence, influencing and motivating skills and inspirational communication. I work particularly in the Cardiff, Newport and South Wales, and Swansea and West Wales areas.
I have been working as a psychotherapist for more than twenty years, initially as a trainee, under supervision, then for more than ten years as a qualified, accredited practitioner. In that time, I have worked with a whole range of people from different backgrounds, and from age 16 to age 80: men and women, gay and straight, able-bodied or with a disability, and from a range of ethnic groups. I have worked mainly in private practice, but also have experience in student counselling services, the N.H.S. and with Employee Assistance providers.
My background is in industry, and I spent many years in British Gas. I became interested in ways of supporting people to work together effectively while I was there, eventually realising I needed to develop more skills in order to be able to do that as well as I possibly could. So I took voluntary redundancy and re-trained as a therapist. I am still interested in bringing psychological health into organisations and often facilitate work groups.
United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (U.K.C.P.) registered Gestalt Psychotherapist, having qualified with the Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute in 1998.
EAGT Accredited Gestalt Practitioner in Organisations
M.A. in Creative Writing
Diploma in Management
My work is influenced by my own journey of self-development, following my interest in dance and yoga, writing and storytelling, intuition and imagination and the body.