Our team

Manchester Gestalt Centre Team

We are:

Joy Appleby, Peter Philippson, Danny Porter, Shirley Summers and Alessandra Merizzi

Joy Appleby, Dip. GPTI is a UKCP Registered Gestalt Psychotherapist and Supervisor. She is a GPTI Accredited trainer  and supervisor and was team leader for counselling courses at City College, Manchester until December 2002. Joy has been working as a counsellor since 1988 and a psychotherapist since 1996. Joy offers workshops, training and supervision, and also has a psychotherapy practice in Didsbury. Particular workshop interests include women’s and equal opportunities issues.  

Peter Philippson M.Sc. (Gestalt Psychotherapy), UKCP Reg. Gestalt Psychotherapist, is a Gestalt therapist and trainer, a Teaching and Supervising Member of the Gestalt Psychotherapy & Training Institute, UK, a founder member of Manchester Gestalt Centre and a guest trainer for Institutes in Britain and America. Peter is a Full Member of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy. He is editor of ‘The Nature of Pain’, co-author (with John Bernard Harris) of ‘Gestalt: Working with Groups’ and co-editor (also with John Bernard Harris) of ‘Topics in Gestalt Therapy’, all published by Manchester Gestalt Centre. He has published many articles on Gestalt Therapy in British, American, Australian, French, Canadian and Spanish Gestalt Journals. His writings include three books: ‘Self in Relation’, published by the Gestalt Journal Press, ‘The Emergent Self’, published by Karnac/UKCP and ‘Gestalt Therapy: Roots and Branches’, published by Karnac Books. Peter is co-author (with his GTin colleagues) of ‘Contact and Relationship in a Field Perspective’, ed. J-M Robine, pub. l’Exprimerie, Bordeaux, and many other articles and book chapters.  Contact: peter@mgc.org.uk Peter is Past-President of the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy (AAGT)

Danny Porter, Dip. GPTI is an experienced UKCP registered Gestalt Psychotherapist, Trainer and Supervisor.   He  has been working as a counsellor since 1988 and a psychotherapist since 2001. He offers psychotherapy, supervision and training at the centre . In his capacity as a trainer he is currently working on the 1 year foundation course and will be running the Accredited Psychotherapy training in October 2018, along with Dave Mann. Danny also runs 2  Gestalt Therapy Groups. One is a weekly therapy group, meeting on Tuesday evenings 7 – 9pm. The other is a 2 day therapy group which meets 4 times a year. Danny is a past chair of UKAGP – UK Association of Gestalt Practitioners. He is currently on the Training Standards Committee of the GPTI (Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute). You can contact Danny by leaving a message at the centre or e-mailing him directly at Email dannypor@gmail.com

Shirley Summers MSc. (Gestalt Psychotherapy), Dip Psych (Metanoia), Cert.Ed., Dip Couns. UKCP reg. Training and supervising member of Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute. She has a background in teaching, dance and movement therapy.

Shirley has been practising gestalt psychotherapy for over 30 years. She has trained in level 1 sensorimotor psychotherapy (working with trauma) and in Somatic Developmental Movement.
Shirley has a background in teaching and dance / movement therapy. For the past 5 years, she has been studying and running voice and movement workshops on Daniel Stern’s “Forms of Vitality”. She is finding that her synthesis of gestalt and movement work creates a powerful base for development and change.
Shirley has a private practice in therapy and supervision at MGC and in Cumbria. She runs regular groups in Manchester, Edinburgh and the Lake District.

Alessandra Merizzi, MSc (Gestalt Psychotherapy), post-qualification diploma (Psychology of Ageing), MSc(Clinical Psychology), is a UKCP and BACP registered Gestalt Psychotherapist and a BPS registered Clinical Psychologist. She is originally from Italy where she has been working as clinical psychologist for more than three years with both adults and older adults in various settings. She has also been teaching a metacognitive memory training in small groups, doing some research activity and speaking at local events and conferences. She is currently practising as a psychotherapist at the centre, where she also runs workshops on the ageing process. Additionally, she is working toward the statement of equivalent practicing as an assistant psychologist at the Oldham Memory Assessment and Treatment Service – Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust – and as a trainee clinical psychologist at the Department of Psychology – same Trust. Her spoken languages are Italian and English. Contact: alemeriz@yahoo.it Website: http://www.merizzi-psychotherapy.com