If you have arrived here at my website I imagine that you are looking for some support or help with something you suffer from in your life. Have a look around and explore my pages. I work with couples and individuals. If you feel that I might be the right person to support and accompany you therapeutically, don't hesitate to contact me via telephone or email me.

My name is Jutta Pieper and I am a UKCP registered Gestalt Psychotherapist and couples therapist, working in Lancaster, Lancashire. Originally I am from Germany, but I have been living in the North West of England for over a decade. The location I work from is very accessible, just a 5 minute walk from Lancaster train station.

What issues can counselling help with?

I am experienced in helping clients who have experienced difficulties with :


work related Stress

Relationship problems

Eating Disorders



Early relational Trauma


Self confidence issues

Self harm


jutta, counsellor

About Me

Hi I'm Jutta a German Gestalt Psychotherapist and a PACT trained couples therapist.

My background is in education and I worked as a teacher for a number of years.

I completed my Gestalt Therapy training in Germany and have been working in private practice as a psychotherapist with couples, individuals and groups since 2006.

For me therapy is about growth, which comes with taking the risk of stepping out of our comfort zones and exploring and showing sides of ourselves that we have put a lid on. Holding the lid in place has usually been a protection at an earlier time in one's life.

Qualifications, Training, Experience

Postgraduate Certificate “Working with children, adolescents and families - a psychoanalytic observational approach" (NSCAP Northern School of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy/University Essex) 2017 NSCAP

Former assistant trainer on the Gestalt Psychotherapy Diploma Training at the Manchester Gestalt Centre MGC.

I continue to train in Gestalt therapy and Couples Therapy (PACT) internationally with:

The Pacific Gestalt Institute PGI in California (Lynne Jacobs, Gary Yontef and faculty)

And with Stan Tatkin at the PACT Institute California.

Additionally I completed a training in "Relational Living Body Psychotherapy" (with Julianne Appel-Opper) in Berlin.

I have participated in several short trainings and workshops with internationally renowned trainers:

Trauma therapy (with Babette Rothschild)

Group facilitation (Edinburgh Gestalt Institute)

Open dialogue (a democratic approach to working with psychosis)

Borderline and narcissistic personality disorders (Elinor Greenberg)

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Couples Therapy

I offer therapy for couples that are going through difficulties, that want to improve their relationship or marriage and that want to learn to stay well connected even after the initial high of the honeymoon phase is starting to fade. We all have experiences of recurring situations, topics or patterns in our intimate relationships that we just can't seem to find a way through that leaves both partners feeling like they come to a win win solution.

As a trained PACT couples therapist (PACT is the abbreviation of "Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy") I can help you find novel and more satisfactory ways of relating to each other, especially in regard to the above mentioned "impasses".

PACT is a powerful therapeutic approach that was developed by Stan Tatkin who, with a doctorate in psychology, trained as a marriage & family therapist and also bestselling author*, is one of the leading edge couples therapists worldwide. The approach helps couples to clarify and find a joint perspective regarding their relationship as well as giving them tools to relate to each other with respect and trust, even when the going gets rough.

*Stan wrote the following books:

"Wired for Love: How Understanding Your Partner's Brain Can Help You Defuse Conflicts and Spark Intimacy"

"Wired for Dating: How Understanding Neurobiology and Attachment Style Can Help You Find Your Ideal Mate"

"We Do: Saying Yes to a Relationship of Depth, True Connection, and Enduring Love"

"Baby Bomb: A Relationship Survival Guide for New Parents"

Individual Therapy

Gestalt therapy is a vivid and creative form of therapy which was established in the 1950s. It arose out of psychoanalysis and was shaped by a range of influences including eastern philosophies, existentialism, social activism and others.

The perception of the present lies at the core of Gestalt therapy. Gestalt therapeutic work is like an expedition.

Without being judged, the client gets the opportunity to explore his/her feelings, thoughts, behavioural patterns, dreams, concepts, physical symptoms etc.

How do we get make contact with our environment, our fellow men and ourselves? Usually we try to get rid of unpleasant and uncomfortable perceptions, encounters and patterns. However we often forget that the behaviors we don't like once served as a means for dealing with (difficult) situations in our past.

For some people these behaviors may have even secured their survival in childhood.

Hence in Gestalt therapy we see the task as acknowledging and valuing these parts and out of that arises the possibility of broadening and reshaping our options in how we want to live our lives.

If we accept ourselves the way we are, if we develop compassion for ourselves and cease to judge ourselves, change can happen.

In Gestalt therapy we call this the "paradoxical theory of change".


How to get started?

I offer a free initial 30 minute consultation (online or in person). Just get in touch and we can arrange a time.

How many sessions will I need?

This really depends on what it is that brings you into therapy. We can discuss this before you start your journey

How much will it cost?

Individuals: 50 minutes/£50.

Couples: 60 minutes/£65.

I offer a limited number of lower fee sessions.

Do you offer online therapy as well?

Yes I do. For both individuals and couples. For clients from the Lancaster, South Lakeland and Preston area I offer face to face appointments in my Lancaster office.

Is therapy confidential?

Yes therapy sessions are confidential. What happens in the therapy room stays in the therapy room. There are a few exceptions which I will discuss with you at the beginning of treatment.

Can we work in German?

Of course we can. If your first language is German (like mine) and you prefer having therapy in it that’s no problem.

Get in touch

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, or to arrange an initial 30 min appointment which I offer free of charge. This enables us to discuss the reasons you are thinking of coming to counselling, and whether I am the right therapist to help.

You can also call me on 07549 699473 if you would prefer to leave a message or speak to me first. I am happy to discuss any queries or questions you may have prior to arranging an initial appointment.

My practice is based in The Storey Building in Lancaster and within easy reach for people seeking a therapist in the Lancaster and South Cumbria area. Lancaster Train Station is just a 5 minute walk from my practice room.

The Storey, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster LA1 1TH


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