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24th October 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 over 25 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. After moving to the UK in the mid-80's, I trained in gestalt therapy at the Gestalt Centre London - 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.

I facilitate training workshops and personal development groups for psychotherapists, counsellors and allied health professions, teach theory and practice of Gestalt Therapy in the UK and internationally. I offer supervision to qualified practitioners and trainee therapists across range of theoretical modalities.

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 increased engagement in the lived experience and self-reflection, which are the focus of psychotherapy, can make the individual's life more satisfying by enabling him or her find new 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, sexual concerns, depression, bereavement and loss, anxiety, early trauma and abuse, compulsive behaviour, intrusive self-critical thoughts, 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, you can contact me on mobile: 07779 506 412 or call my landline: 020 7281 5409 - in any case, leave a message and I will call you back.

You can also contact me by email at All messages, phone calls 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.

• 2018, February 24-26, April 21-23, September 22-24, November 24-26 • RZESZ”W • POLAND •

This 3rd edition of the advanced gestalt therapy training is aimed at Polish speaking therapists and psychotherapy students, and consists of four 3-day workshops spread over 10 months. The programme will offer shared reading, dialogue and chewing on the basic assumptions made in Gestalt Therapy: Excitement and Growth in the Human Personality - a seminal work that holds the primary theory of gestalt therapy and is yet to be published in Polish. The idea is to bring this important text to the attention of Polish clinicians whilst at the same time provoking them to adapting it to their individual needs and the unique situation in which they practice. ”The therapist needs his conception in order to keep his bearings, to know in what direction to look. It is the acquired habit that is the background for this art as in any other art. But the problem is the same as in any art: how to use this abstraction (and therefore fixation) so as not to lose the present actuality and especially the ongoingness of the actuality? And how - a special problem that therapy shares with pedagogy and politics – not to impose a standard rather than help develop the potentialities of the other?” (Perls, Hefferline, Goodman; 1951).
More information can be found on the website.

"GESTALT THERAPY WITH COUPLES - Training Workshop for Therapists"
• RZESZ”W • POLAND • ITEG - Instytut Treningu i Edukacji Gestalt • Dates to be announced •

”Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin - Dance me through the panic till I’m gathered safely in - Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove - Dance me to the end of love.” These words from a Leonard Cohen song speak of intimacy which lies at the heart of any couple relationship. Couple therapy is for any two people in a relationship who feel they are losing or have lost their sense of intimacy with each other. The essence of intimacy is knowing another and being known by another (Zinker, 1994). Such knowledge is dependent upon the nature of the particular relationship and as such is never fixed. Indeed to aspire to an ideal relationship which is in any way fixed is entirely counterproductive…. as it is our capacity to remain open to the ebb and flow of our experience which is the measure of healthy functioning and fulfilment. It is the degree to which intimacy is present or absent which determines the health of the relationship. Couples are seldom taught the concept of good relational form. Usually their knowledge and skill base derives from a blend of unaware and unexamined beliefs handed down from their parents and the wider culture (Melnick & Nevis, 2003). This three-day introductory workshop is for therapists and other health professionals interested in working with couples. The workshop will be led by Vivienne Barnett and myself. Vivienne is an experienced gestalt practitioner based in London. For nearly a decade we practised as co-therapists working with couples. We will provide participants with a framework for understanding relationship dynamics from the perspective of gestalt therapy. Our workshop will be in English and Polish.
Information about the dates of the workshop to be announced soon.

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 and North London

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