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Jill McClure

Gestalt Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Trainer

Qualification: MA (Hons), Masters SW, Dip GPTI, UKCP reg., GPTI TSM

Accreditation: GPTI & UKCP accred.

Availability: Tuesday-Friday

Price per session: negotiable, sliding scale from £70

My background is in social work, spanning social care, education, the voluntary sector and practice teaching. I have extensive experience of working with sexual abuse and trauma, and have a particular interest in life transitions (adolescence to adulthood, becoming a parent, midlife to older age, particularly the menopause/andropause) and the inevitable existential questions that emerge in these times of change, loss and renewal.  

I am interested in how we learn and what gets in our way, and where and how we may habitually get stuck, repeating old patterns of being with ourselves and others.  

In my psychotherapy practice, my interest is in developing embodied awareness as a way of reconnecting with trust and belonging in our bodies. Alongside my movement practice, I am a committed zen student and find the practice of ‘being with life as it the only teacher’ deeply settling and challenging in equal measure. 

In my work with trauma I use the Deep Brain Reorienting approach. I have completed my level 3 training in DBR and it is now an integral part of my clinical approach. For more information on DBR please click

Movement, awareness work and learning to be still, continue to support me to extend and develop in my own life and I bring this to my client, supervision and training work. All of this doesn't necessarily make life easy, but I am finding that it makes things possible.


If you are interested in working with me I ask that you bring your curiosity and wish to learn more about yourself, so that together, we can discover where you might be stuck in old patterns and structures that no longer serve you or support your growth and flourishing. 


My experience is that moving and growing demands courage and, also a willingness to experiment with novel ways of living so that we can to discover more of who we are beyond our early histories and habitual ways of being in the world. I believe passionately in the possibility of growth and transformation via the therapeutic relationship.


I love swimming in the sea, particularly in the middle of winter. 

I am inspired by many writers and thinkers; James Hollis, Carl Jung, Pema Chodron, James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, Rachel Walker and Marcus Aurelius, to name but a few. Mary Oliver's poetry reminds me to always connect with the natural living world. A few of my current favourites are below.

'Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.' – Pema Chodron 

'We are not here to fit in...we are here to be eccentric, different, perhaps strange, perhapsmerely to add our small piece, our little clunky, chunky selves, to the great mosaic of being...we are here to become more and more ourselves.' – James Hollis 

‘There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.’ – Maya Angelou

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