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24th June 2017 
Welcome. piotr1c

Welcome to my psychotherapy and counselling website:

"Therapy is an investigation of how we function in the world,
and how we can function more in tune with our nature…"

My name is Piotr Mierkowski.

I am a psychotherapist, supervisor and international trainer with twenty five years of clinical experience in the NHS, private practice and voluntary sector in central London. I am registered with UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), accredited by British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and a member of the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy (AAGT) and the UKAGP.

My therapeutic work is with adults and couples. I offer psychotherapy and counselling in my private practice in North London, N19 - borders of Highgate and Islington - walking distance from Archway and Upper Holloway stations. I create a safe and confidential space to explore whatever the clients' issues.

My career background is in psychology and neuroscience which I studied at the University of Warsaw, in Poland, where I was born. I trained in gestalt therapy at the Gestalt Centre London, after moving to the UK in the mid-80's - initially as a counsellor and later as an individual and group psychotherapist. I hold MA in Gestalt Psychotherapy from London Metropolitan University and have considerable training in the integrative body therapy and extensive experience of working with couples, both straight and gay.

In addition, I offer clinical supervision across a range of therapeutic modalities. I also regularly facilitate training and personal development groups for psychotherapists and other mental health care professionals, and teach theory and practice of Gestalt Therapy in the UK and internationally.

My approach is gestalt therapy.

Gestalt therapy is a creative attitude towards life and personal growth with the emphasis on present experience, contact and awareness that addresses the whole person: mind/body/emotion/spirit.

My clinical practice has been guided by the view of psychotherapy as expressed in the opening quote by Joel Latner. This American gestaltist, who sadly passed away last year, drew attention to two central ideas on which Gestalt therapy is built: focus on the experiential present moment and the therapeutic relationship - "as it is only possible to know ourselves at any given time against the background of our relationships to others". Any change in therapy occurs by paying close attention to the present moment.

Acceptance of each person in their unique reality is inherent in my practice. I am passionate and deeply committed to supporting every person to get in touch with their authentic essential nature and live from the fullness of who they are. I draw on my own personal experience of migration to working effectively with individuals from diverse cultures, race, social backgrounds, gender and sexualities, and all those who transgress any category. I work in collaboration with my clients to increase their awareness of strengths as well as identifying and understanding blocks to change, growth and fulfilling relationships.

I work regularly with visual and performing artists - actors, musicians, poets, writers and designers. Some of my clients face existential concerns and search for meaning in their lives, explore their place in society and their own identity, look for increasing their self-understanding and understanding of the world around them. I believe that all people who engage in therapy want to make their lives more satisfying by finding new and creative ways of being in the world and fuller self-expression.

My clients include individuals who are seeking safe and confidential space to clarify and explore more specific issues, like: relationship difficulties, depression, anger, bereavement and loss, anxiety, early trauma and abuse, sexual concerns and compulsive behaviour, work related stress, identity crisis.

I have considerable experience in providing counselling and psychotherapy to individuals with enduring mental health difficulties and those seeking help on the advice of their GP or psychiatrist for debilitating complaints, including anxiety states, depressive illness, psychosomatic and stress related symptoms.

I offer brief therapy when appropriate but I tend to work longer term to facilitate deep and lasting change. Clients can choose to see me for psychotherapy and counselling on the open-ended basis or book a set number of sessions. I work primarily in English but sessions can also be held in Polish.

If you wish to book an initial appointment, contact me by phone 020 7281 5409 or on my mobile 07779 506 412 - please leave me a message and I will call you back.

You can also contact me by email at All messages and correspondence will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Writings & forthcoming workshops:

"REFLECTIONS FROM THE CONFERENCE"British Gestalt Journal, January 2015.

"IMPRESSIONS OF CONTACT" Fenomen Psychoterapii, 1/2015.

• RZESZ”W • POLAND • 1-2nd July 2017 •

"Competence is not a condition that once achieved is always there, like accreditation. Neither, it has to do with lists of competences that measure minimum requirements expected to be met by people in certain roles. Competence is about how we make moment-to-moment choices in our work. It is individual and contextual." (G. Hughes, 2014) This 2-day supervision workshop in the Polish language, led by Ewa Canert-Łąka and myself, will offer an experiential enquiry into working creatively in therapy. We invite psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, group facilitators, coaches, and psychotherapy students no matter their theoretical persuasion - most important is the participants' interest in developing their self-awareness and expanding professional skills. Our primary aim is to throw light on the therapeutic situation and the structure of the client - therapist relating. The secondary purpose is to enhance the therapists’ skills by offering the participants plenty of support, teaching and opportunities for dialogue and experimenting in the safe and confidential setting.
More information can be found on the website.

Here are some links to the articles about gestalt therapy written by Malcolm Parlett - the founder of British Gestalt Journal, and Gary Yontef - an American psychotherapist who trained with Fritz Perls, the originator of Gestalt Therapy. You can also watch Bob Resnick introducing Gestalt Therapy theory and Gaie Houston talking about counselling and psychotherapy or indeed read her article on the development of Gestalt therapy in the UK.
For any further information please contact me directly.

Piotr Mierkowski, MA Dip Psych UKCP reg MBACP (accred)

Gestalt Therapy & Counselling in Central London

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