Jai CrookshankGestalt psychotherapist
My name is Jai and I am a UKCP member psychotherapist. I run a private practice in Hackney and Islington, North East London and also work as a counsellor at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust.
What is my approach?
I work within a Gestalt approach to psychotherapy. Gestalt works in a relational and integrated way, paying careful attention to the whole of our experience, including our emotions, thoughts and physical sensations. A particular strength of Gestalt is its capacity to illuminate how past situations influence and impact our feelings and relationships in the present.
I offer a safe, supportive and non-judgemental space in which we can explore your needs and concerns. I work holistically and creatively, placing the therapeutic relationship at the heart of my practice. We will work together to explore the causes of your difficulties, make sense of your experiences, identify your resources and move towards your desired goals.
I believe that all behaviour is developed as a way to meet our needs. We do our best to survive difficult and painful experiences, making adjustments and adaptations to protect ourselves and keep ourselves going in response to these experiences. Working with an attitude of compassionate curiosity, we will develop your awareness of how your experiences have impacted you and the ways you have developed to respond to these experiences. In so doing, our aim will be to carefully restore your capacity for satisfaction and wellbeing.
We learn about ourselves through our relationships with other people. However, these relationships may go awry, sometimes leaving us feeling hurt, confused and finding our capacity to manage in life is disrupted. Therapy can provide a healing relationship in which we learn to understand ourselves and our relationships with others. Our work together will support you in growth and exploration of new possibilities through empathy, self-awareness and self-acceptance.
With the right support, we can begin to heal painful feelings and experiences; develop your coping strategies to manage current challenges in your life; deepen awareness of your self and allow you to enjoy more satisfying relationships in the present.
What will therapy be like with me?
Beginning therapy can feel daunting. Our initial session provides us with an opportunity to begin to get to know each other – your feeling comfortable and able to work with me is very important. We will explore what brought you to therapy and what you hope to gain. This helps us come to a shared understanding of what we will focus on and what we will prioritise. You might have a really clear idea of what you want from therapy, or you might not feel so sure – perhaps something doesn’t feel right in your life and you want space to explore what that might be.
If you are interested in discussing your needs or booking in for an initial meeting please get in touch using the contact details below or using the contact form on this website.
You can phone me on: 0743 464 9794
Or email me at: [email protected]
OnlineI also provide my services online.
Issues often worked with
Training and qualifications
Year 5 of MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy