Pause: Breathe: Connect

Listen to who you are. Discover who you might become...


Gerrie Hughes

Online and in-person Psychotherapy, Counselling and Supervision

Hello and thank you for checking out my website.

You may be here because you are currently experiencing a crisis in your life, or seeking therapy for a difficulty that has been troubling you for a long time.

You may be looking for clinical supervision or CPD.

Or looking for information and resources on food and mental health.

Whatever your reason for visiting, you are welcome. I hope you find what you are looking for here.

I am a UKCP accredited Gestalt psychotherapist and supervisor with nearly 30 years experience of offering psychotherapy and counselling in private practice, businesses and the NHS, and I have taught related subjects in both HE and FE.

I am also a writer and my latest book 'Food and Mental Health: A Guide for Health Practitioners' was published in January 2022 by Routledge. My previous book 'Competence and Self-care in Counselling and Psychotherapy' was published in 2014, also by Routledge.

You can find out more about my background and experience, and also how I came to write my books here.

Continue down the page to find more about what psychotherapy may offer you.

This link will take you through to information about supervision or training including the Autumn CPD programme for health practitioners 'Gestalt and Food: being and interconnectedness' offering 3 online sessions over September and October 2022, totalling 7 CPD hours.

This will direct you to resources to support you either personally or professionally.

You may also be interested in the following:

Link to Podcast

Please listen to the first Food and Mental Health Podcast, about the role of food in our lives. As well as offering ideas and suggestions for exploring your own relationship with food, it includes an interview with Amanda Wood, founder of the Community Interest Company

Urban Vertical

Amanda talks about launching the new company which uses an urban micro-green farm as the basis for teaching schoolchildren and other members of the local community about how to grow, cook and enjoy food.

The podcast last about 20 minutes.

New for summer:

Explore your Relationship with Food

one-to-one consultation with follow-up

online or in person


Please email for more details.

You can read some of my work on the UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) website

Or on the UKAGP (UK Association for Gestalt Practitioners) website

How can therapy help you?

Life brings many challenges, particularly as we begin to move out of the effects of the Covid pandemic. While we can make some progress with overcoming these challenges on our own, sometimes we just need someone else in order to be able to resolve them. After all, humans are relational beings and we learn about the world initially from our parents or caregivers. Profound change requires us to re-learn some of the ways in which we habitually respond to our experiences.

As a psychotherapist my role is to provide space and support in your journey of self-discovery; to enable you to examine your life and make new, meaningful choices within it. I offer a chance to reflect on the difficulties or problems you are experiencing in a safe and confidential environment, with someone from outside your day-to-day life. Together we can explore your situation in a way that leads to fresh perspectives - and perhaps a new understanding of yourself. Psychotherapy isn’t about giving you solutions or advice, but empowering you to make your own changes.

Psychotherapy and counselling help us make sense for ourselves about what it means to be human, and how we relate to the world in which we participate. The therapeutic relationship becomes an environment within which new possibilities can be discovered and explored. As a Gestalt psychotherapist I see my role as supporting people to understand what it means to be human in an interconnected world.

You can find out more about the therapeutic process and find the answers to many frequently asked questions here.

Why Gestalt?

Gestalt is an approach that recognises the importance of relationship and connectedness for human beings. Being about both talking and listening, it offers a whole philosophy of living and an approach to therapeutic practice that can help us bring our lives closer to how we would really like them to be.

Learn and experiment...

'When we always do what we've always done, we always get what we always got'. Therapy offers a safe, supportive space in which to learn about your self and try out new and different ways of being in the world, bringing about new and maybe more satisfying responses.

Become more resourceful.

Challenge is an unavoidable, even a necessary aspect of life. Working with a trained professional can help you make sense of your experience and so face future challenges with increased resourcefulness and resilience.

What issues can psychotherapy help with?

People come to me for help a wide range of issues. Here are a few of the more common difficulties that can be supported through psychotherapy:

Feelings of stress or anxiety

Panic attacks

Relationship problems

Grief, loss or bereavement

Problems with addiction

Trauma and post-traumatic stress



Problems with confidence or self-esteem

Anger management

Issues relating to sexuality

Difficulties at work or in retirement

Problems with family or school life


One of the main bodies overseeing the accreditation and registration of psychotherapists and counsellors in Britain is the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy. I am a UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist and Supervisor, which means I have met their criteria for qualified and experienced therapists and work in accordance with their ethical framework.

My location

I work from my home which is a short walk from central Penarth, close to the train station and frequent bus services. There is easy parking outside the house.

I also meet people online using Zoom, FaceTime or Skype, which means I now see people from all over the UK, and other parts of the world where the time difference allows.


Psychotherapy sessions last for one hour and usually take place on a weekly basis.

I work 'office hours', Tuesday to Friday and my last appointment is usually around 5pm.

Please email or call to discuss mutual availability and what you might want from the sessions.


My usual hourly rate for people who are financing the sessions themselves is £60, but I am willing to negotiate.

People usually pay by bank transfer on the day of the session. I would provide the necessary details in advance of the first session.

Get in touch

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about how psychotherapy works, or to arrange an initial appointment. This enables us to discuss the reasons you are thinking of coming to therapy, whether it could be helpful for you and whether I am the right therapist to help.

You can call me on 07779 198917 or leave a message below. I am happy to discuss any queries or questions you may have prior to arranging an initial appointment.

All enquires are usually answered within 24 hours, and all contact is strictly confidential and uses secure phone and email services.

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