Karen RookwoodHaving trained as a doctor in the 1970’s, I worked in the NHS for many years, largely in the mental health sector and latterly in general practice. Since the late 80’s I have worked in the fields of psychotherapy and organisational consultancy, and have extensive experience in training and group work. I was a founder member, and for 20 years one of the directors, of Edinburgh Gestalt Institute, which delivers training in Gestalt Psychotherapy and related subjects.

I have a special interest in working with and training ‘people who work with people’ and have developed a particular focus on ‘family-sized’ teams. Over the last 15 years I have evolved a number of long-standing facilitated peer groups for GPs. These have become places of invaluable learning and support for those who attend and are increasingly influential for the practices in which they work.


BMedSci(Hons) 1976, BMBS 1978, MRCPsych 1985, Gestalt psychotherapy training 1989, Organisational consulting training 1994, GPTI Teaching and Supervising Member 1998,
Small systems training GISC Cape Cod 2008, GMC Reg no. 2433895