The Gestalt Centre Belfast is committed to creating an understanding of psychotherapy as a tool for helping us to live more satisfactorily, to explore our lives and relationships, consider change and feel more alive.
While of course, psychotherapy has a specific role to play in the field of mental health, equally important is its crucial role in fostering a general sense of well-being.
Each of us lives in a complex web of relationships. We believe that the purpose of psychotherapy is to support and enhance those relationships, whether intimate or social.
GCB is committed to supporting the development of health by which we mean:
- acknowledging how we came to be the way we are, and what current needs arise out of that
- the capacity for resilience – the capacity to ‘bounce back’ from difficult experiences and learn from that.
- an understanding of how we impact on those around us.
- the openness to being influenced and experience change.
- the capacity for agency – the capacity to act and influence to satisfy our needs and effect change.
- and to do so at all levels of human functioning (intimate, social and in the wider field of political life).
GCB maintains that affordable, accessible and needs-based psychotherapy is rooted in social justice.
GCB is committed to good practice in regards to equality and inclusion.
In the context of Belfast, the north of Ireland and Ireland as a whole GCB aims to develop an understanding of the relationships of oppression – including inequality, emigration, poverty, the absence of social justice and issues of cultural identity.
GCB agrees with the World Health Organisation’s definition of Mental Health and Well-Being and their statement of Social, Environmental and Economic Determinants of Mental Health.
GCB abides by the BACP’s Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy (2010) including its latest statement about supporting “socially inclusive, non-judgemental attitudes to people who identify across the diverse range of human sexualities” (BACP: Statement of Ethical practice 2012)