About Gillian Allan PhD

About Gillian

We’re living in a time when people are feeling increasingly disconnected and lonely despite the growth in communication technologies. Feeling like you are not enough, feeling stuck with difficult emotions or experiencing difficulties in relationships all create barriers to connection.

We all the deserve the time and attention we need to grow, flourish and live a meaningful life.

I use gestalt therapy as my approach to counselling because of its focus on people’s potential for growth, healing and flourishing. I’m particularly interested in research which shows developing self-acceptance and curiosity towards our habits or emotional patterns helps us to move through difficulties and develop new ones (Cozolino 2014: Siegel 2007). This certainly reflects my own experience of dealing with difficulties and finding new strengths and capacities I didn’t know I had.

Sometimes when we are in difficult places it can be very hard to imagine that any change is possible, let alone flourishing. It’s important to start wherever you are and go at your own pace to find relief from suffering.

I find working with people in person and online to be equally beneficial. Both ways of working open up channels for developing a connection and exploring different elements of your life. I was initially sceptical about working online via webcam, however I have found there is great potential for us to get to know ourselves better, including developing our capacities to be present, connect with others and feel more deeply.

I’ve always been interested in relationships, emotions and body work. Before I trained in Gestalt, I undertook PhD research on friendship and I also trained as a Feldenkrais movement practitioner. I’m also a certified online therapist via an ACTO approved route.
I’ve worked in community development with adults with learning disabilities for 8 years. This work takes a person-centred approach to developing people’s and communities’ capacities for growth and change.

Member of GPTI (Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute) and fully insured.

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07597 950642

gillian@edinburghgestalttherapy.co.uk



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