It is with great sadness that I write with news of the death of Anna Farrow on 4 February 2021, age 89. She had suffered a second stroke on Christmas Eve and was looked after by carers in her cottage in Diss. She died peacefully in her sleep at home. She leaves two daughters, four grandsons, and three great-grandchildren.
Anna was one of the early Gestaltists in the UK, starting in the 1970’s. After a career in secondary education working with excluded young people, she trained in Gestalt. She founded the Pellin Centre in Clapham, South London, which together with the Women’s Therapy Centre in north London, was one of the two London women’s therapy centres in the latter part of the twentieth century. The Centre provided therapy, weekend workshops, and counselling courses for women for nearly twenty years.
Anna was an active member in the early days of GAUK – the predecessor of the UKAGP. She also served as an External Moderator of the Gestalt Centre Counselling Course. She was a long-time member of the Gestalt Centre’s in-service group of colleagues, where she once introduced herself as “Anna from Clapham” and is remembered for her calm good sense and warmth.
She led a full life and helped so many to do similar, inspiring hundreds of students, clients, supervisees and trainees. Her work and presence touched the lives of many and she leaves a rich legacy.
The funeral service for close friends and family (owing to Covid restrictions) took place on 4th March in Diss, with a memorial service planned for later in the year in London.
The above photo of Anna Farrow was taken on her 89th birthday in October 2020.