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27th March 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 trainer with twenty five years of clinical experience in the NHS, private practice and voluntary sector in central London. I am registered with United Kingdom 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).

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 offer a safe and confidential space to explore whatever the clients' issues.

My background is in psychology and neurosciences, which I studied at the University of Warsaw in Poland, where I was born. I have lived in the UK for most of my life, and this is where I trained in gestalt therapy at The Gestalt Centre London - initially as a counsellor and later as a psychotherapist. I hold MA in Gestalt Psychotherapy from London Metropolitan University and have considerable training in the integrative body therapy as well as extensive experience of working with couples and groups.

I also have a Diploma in Relational Supervision and offer clinical supervision across a range of therapeutic modalities. I facilitate training and personal development groups for 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 idea of psychotherapy as expressed by Joel Latner in the above quotation. This American gestalt therapist, who sadly passed away last year, drew attention to two central ideas on which Gestalt therapy was built: focus on the experiential present moment and on the therapeutic relationship - "as it is only possible to know ourselves at any given time against the background of our relationships to others".

Acceptance of each person in their unique reality is inherent in my practice. I am passionate and deeply committed to supporting people 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 categories. I work in collaboration with my clients to increase awareness of their 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, painters and designers. Some of my clients face existential concerns and search for meaning in their lives, explore their place in the world and their identity. All people engaging in therapy want to find new, creative and more satisfying ways of 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:

• ŁÓDŹ • POLAND • April 2017 - January 2018 •

This is the second edition of the series of workshops in the Polish language. Encouraged by positive feedback, the programme was extended to 6 weekends allowing for more dialogue, master classes and supervision. The formula of learning through experience has remained the same, together with its focus on chewing the basic assumptions made in: Gestalt Therapy: Excitement and Growth in the Human Personality - a seminal work written in 1951 by Fritz Perls, Ralph Hefferline, and Paul Goodman, that holds the primary theory of Gestalt therapy and is yet to be translated into Polish. Our programme is aimed at counsellors and psychotherapists, group facilitators, coaches and psychologists regardless their theoretical approach; the only requirement being the interest in advancing their knowledge of Gestalt therapy. More information can be found on the website.

• RZESZÓW • POLAND • 1-2nd July 2017 •

This supervision group led by myself and Ewa Canert-Łąka will offer an experiential enquiry into working creatively and is open to psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists, group facilitators, coaches, and advanced year's psychotherapy students of all theoretical persuasion. Our primary aim is to throw light on the therapeutic situation, including the relationship between the client and therapist. The secondary purpose is to enhance the therapists’ skills by offering plenty of support, teaching and opportunities for experimenting in the safe and confidential setting. Above all, this workshop will offer a space for dialogue between members of the group, each with different life experience and unique perspective on therapeutic situation. After all, "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) More information can be found on the website.

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

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

If you are interested in reading more about gestalt therapy, here are some links to the articles written by Malcolm Parlett - founder of British Gestalt Journal, and an American psychotherapist Gary Yontef, who originally trained with Fritz Perls, the father of Gestalt Therapy. You can also watch Bob Resnick introducing Gestalt Therapy theory. More on the development of Gestalt therapy in the UK can be found in the article written by an eminent British gestalt therapist Gaie Houston.
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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