Dawn Gwilt, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Dawn Gwilt

Kidderminster DY11 English
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Dawn Gwilt, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Dawn Gwilt

Kidderminster DY11 English
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My Approach

Psychotherapy focuses on deep processes which affect how we think, feel and behave. Gestalt is a holistic approach, where each individual is seen as a unique combination of mind, body, emotions and spirit. As a humanistic therapy, Gestalt views every individual as the best expert on themselves, and as having the capacity to live a satisfying and creative life in rewarding contact with others. Sometimes this natural state gets interrupted and we become stuck in fixed patterns. As a Gestalt practitioner, my aim is to bring these patterns into awareness by focusing on the here-and-now, and paying attention to emotions, thoughts, bodily signs, sensations, breathing, and memories of the past as they arise in the present.

About Me

I am a Gestalt Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Trainer with over 15 years experience. I have a deep interest in psychotherapy as an effective means of helping us face the challenges that sometimes arise in life. I find it very rewarding to help my clients uncover the supports that enable them to make the changes they wish for. My intention is to create an environment where you can express yourself and know that you will be heard and not judged. There is very little that shocks me. My clients generally tell me I'm warm and empathic, a good listener, and that I help them deal with challenging issues.

My work is trauma informed, and suitable for complex issues.

I work with

  • Individuals
  • Private healthcare referrals

Special Interests

Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.

I see supervision as supportive of the whole of a supervisee’s practice, including practical, ethical, theoretical and emotional/ relational processes; in particular, by paying attention to assessment, diagnosis and planning, looking at skills and strategies, exploring creative ways of working, and increasing awareness of the relational process and what takes place in the between. I am curious about growing edges – both my own and my supervisee’s, and a question which guides my work is, “How do we work at the growing edge, oscillating between supported risk, and the need to feel safe?” This is in part what clients come to therapy for, and what supervisees come for in supervision – to be stretched and made more aware, and for that awareness to lead to possible change. These are issues that I address at the start of supervision, helping both of us to ascertain whether we have a compatible working style. My intention is to create an environment where being truthful and vulnerable is possible, and where we can bring the whole of ourselves, including mistakes. I am very aware of the potential for shame in supervision, as this was a familiar part of my experience as a trainee. The potential for squashing our clients or supervisees is always present, and at times it will happen. Repairing and healing a shame experience by recognising that the disconnection is relational and co-created, not just in one person, can be one of the strongest acts of confirmation. I see rupture and repair as a vital aspect of building a safe, open, trusting relationship. When paid attention to, shame can be transformed from something isolating to a connective relational experience. I try to keep in mind power dynamics, cultural difference, and authority – how to use my authority consciously and respectfully to move beyond what is safe and comfortable towards the edges of what feels less familiar and risky – in the service of the client, the supervisee, and the therapeutic relationship. My intention is to facilitate my supervisee’s growth, authority, self-belief, awareness, creativity, and ethical practice. For me, conscious and respectful use of power is dependent on humility. Finally, I also think that supervision can be a place for humour, fun, aliveness, and experimentation. I enjoy my supervision work very much.

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Gestalt Psychotherapist

What I can help with

  • Supervision

Types of sessions

  • Face to Face - Long Term
  • Face to Face - Short Term
  • Online Therapy

Kidderminster Office

Kidderminster DY11 5TP

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Worcester Office


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UKCP College

  • Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC)
Dawn Gwilt

Dawn Gwilt

Kidderminster DY11

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