WELCOME! You may have found yourself here for a number of reasons... it can be a big step to decide to see a therapist ... I hope you find the answers to your questions here ... or it may be you need to meet to find out more ... please just contact if there is anything you think might support you to come and meet with me.
I am Dawn Wilson and I am a qualified and UKCP accredited Gestalt Psychotherapist working from Dialogue and Space in central Edinburgh.
If you are reading this it is likely you are thinking you need something and you may not be clear about what it is. You may be clear and curious about how therapy might help ... or you may know exactly what you need help with. People come to therapy for many reasons and there isn't a right or wrong way about how you approach it. It's easy to dismiss our difficulties as too small ... too overwhelming ... or us just being self-obsessed, but that often just keeps us stuck in the familiar pattern or a repeated behaviour that we have come to struggle with.
Gestalt Psychotherapy is a relational embodied psychotherapy that works with patterns and themes that develop as part of our way of being in the world. We explore the useful and perhaps (more problematic) elements of these patterns/themes to support living a healthy, choiceful, and enlivening life.
Why Gestalt Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy can feel a strange thing to engage with ... there are many misconceptions about what might be involved and it can be daunting to seek a stranger's help. I believe it is beneficial for us all to have people we can share our fears, dreams, worries and very private thoughts and experiences with. At times, there can be good reasons as to why it is difficult to speak to our dearest and most trusted. Equally, we may feel alone and don't feel we have people around us to share and have connection with.
Gestalt psychotherapy is not just an effective intervention for dealing with immediate difficulties or crisis. We will work to resource you for your on going life - beyond therapy. If you have heard of Mindfulness or Focussing you will already be familiar with the type of skills that might be explored within the work.
We use of the services of doctors, solicitors, plumbers .... why not a therapist?
Sometimes people aren't sure of whether their issues are relevant for therapy. I've found that what people bring to therapy is diverse and unique to each individual or grouping. It could be you are experiencing something on your own, in relationship to others or as a result of events in the wider world. It could be work related, home related, be happening now or relate to the past or your imaging for the future. You may know your experience well or not understand what is happening with you. You may feel the thing is so huge you can't deal with it, or you may feel embarrassed that such a trivial thing won't seem to go away. One way of knowing whether something is suitable to therapy is to come along and check it out. You don't need to commit to more than an initial session and that in itself may help you make some sense of things.
Although not a comprehensive list it may help you to see some of the issues people bring and that I am experienced in working with as a Gestalt psychotherapist and counsellor
Gestalt Psychotherapy can help with
- Stress, Anxiety & Panic Attacks
- Relationships & Intimacy
- Overcoming depressive experiences
- Bereavement & Loss
- Gender Issues
- Sexuality Issues
- Procrastination and obsessions
- Trauma and PTSD
- Repeated patterns
- Belonging and disconnection
- Self esteem and confidence
- Eating and body issues
- Menopausal issues
- Getting older / ageing
I am a Gestalt Psychotherapist working in Edinburgh with individuals, couples and groups, including work with children, young people and their families. I also offer supervision and customised consultancy/training on request.
I practice Gestalt Psychotherapy and Counselling in Leith and from an Edinburgh city centre space close to Haymarket and Waverly railway stations.