Dr Werner Kierski, Psychotherapist

Dr Werner Kierski

Psychotherapist, Counsellor

My professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships:

  • Doctorate in Psychotherapy
  • Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Senior accredited member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • Member of the UK’s leading CBT association

My professional experience:

I have 15 years of experience as a psychotherapist and counsellor, gained in many settings, and, have been a member of the therapy team at Nightingale Hospital London since 2008. I have worked with many psychological issues ranging from complex trauma amongst survivors of torture, to addiction, chronic patterns of anxiety, short and long-term depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorder, work stress and burnout, as well as existential issues. My work is steeped in evidence-based treatment approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), schema therapy, mindfulness, acceptance-commitment-therapy and compassion focussed therapy. I am continuously engaged in further training in these areas. Apart from my work at Nightingale Hospital London I run a private practice in northwest London.

In addition to my clinical work I am an academic supervisor of Masters and Doctoral students and have taught at several universities.

My personal statement:

My experience of working one-to-one, with couples and with groups has taught me the value of a flexible approach to psychotherapy and counselling, accommodating the individual ways in which people experience emotional and psychological problems.

These problems may be associated with specific challenges, for example, at work or at home. Equally, they may be associated with underlying existential tensions when, for example, one’s life seems to have lost meaning. They can be connected to a specific situation, such as the workplace, but can also be a reflection of long-term patterns and tend to be maintained by a complex interplay of cognitive and emotional dynamics. A central focus of my sessions is working collaboratively with clients and patients to develop strategies to manage these dynamics.

Furthermore, because research into the process of psychotherapy demonstrates that a positive relationship between therapist and client is paramount in the successful outcome of therapy, I give this relationship a central role in my work.

At an early stage in the therapeutic relationship/process I may carry out an assessment of underlying schema patterns. If necessary, the results of the assessment will be integrated into our on-going work. This assessment helps to give a clearer idea of where change needs to take place.

Outside of my activities as a psychotherapist and counsellor I work with wolves at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust. This work helps me to understand much better how questions of anxiety, survival, communication with others and resilience are interconnected.

Additional information about my research, publications and interests:

As an academic supervisor, I am interested in many research questions relating to psychotherapy. My published work includes studies that have looked specifically at two areas: masculine psychology and the role of psychotherapy in treating people with a bipolar diagnosis.

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