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Mark Gawlinski

Hi, I’m Mark. I work as a counsellor, psychotherapist, coach and supervisor. I am also the co-founder of Cambridge Counselling Service and the founder of The Relational Academy, a training organisation for counsellors, therapists and coaches.

I have a particular interest in relational perspectives in psychotherapy and coaching – and, in particular, the value of connection between people for growth and change. I work relationally and at relational depth. This means I think it is helpful to attend to both sides, and the between, of the moment-by-moment embodied relationship between myself and the people I am working with.

I am experienced in working with people facing a range of difficulties, including depression, anxiety and relationship problems – and, whatever brings you to counselling or psychotherapy, I hope we will be able to work together to make a positive and sustainable difference to your life. I also specialise in working with people dealing with anger issues and with people who have experienced trauma.

Mark Gawlinski – background

I have previously worked as an Associate Counsellor at the University of Cambridge Counselling Service, at a counselling service in London and at the NHS Complex Cases/Personality Disorder Service Cambridge, part of NHS Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Mental Health Foundation Trust. I have also worked as a senior lecturer in leadership for a university and as an organisational development consultant, coach and trainer in a number of organisations.

My work as a senior lecturer focused on the psychology of change in individuals and groups – and I am currently writing a book, “The Better Life Project”, about how to get the most from counselling, therapy and life. My early career was in media, new media and telecoms. I left this industry when I started to realise that trying to live up to an image of myself was undermining my health, happiness and relationships. Since then, I’ve focused much of my life on exploring the pros and cons of living up to an image verses relating authentically and of distance verses intimacy.

I usually offer two initial sessions, and then collaboratively negotiate either a fixed short-term counselling contract (eg between six and twenty sessions) or open ended counselling, with regular review sessions. I offer sessions either once or twice per week. I work long-term, over many years, with a number of my clients.

I did my counselling and psychotherapy training at the Metanoia Institute, London.

In terms of qualifications and memberships, I am a qualified Gestalt psychotherapist (MSc in Psychotherapy), a qualified Gestalt counsellor (Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling) and a registrant with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) – psychotherapy section. I have a first degree in psychology, a masters degree in psychotherapy and a masters degree in organisation consulting. One master’s degree research dissertation was on depression, the other on the psychological issues faced by people working with organisational change. I have a Certificate in Relational Supervision and have undertaken post-graduate training in coaching (Coaching Futures), in couples work, in working with trauma (with Babette Rothschild), in personality styles (with Elinor Greenberg) and in the body-focused counselling technique known as Focusing. I am in the UKCP directory of supervisors. I have also trained regularly with Lynne Jacobs from the Pacific Gestalt Institute in Los Angeles, one of the key practitioners in the ‘relational’ therapy movement and with Ruella Frank, from The Center for Somatic Studies in New York, who developed Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy.

As a registrant with UKCP, I am bound by UKCP’s Ethical Framework and subject to the UKCP professional conduct procedure.

I am registered with a range of private medical and well-being insurance providers, including Aviva, PruHealth, CPA, Cigna and Benenden Healthcare. I can accept referrals from GPs or psychiatrists, subject the terms of your health insurance provision.

I am available for appointments: Tuesday day time, Wednesday day time and early evening, Thursday day time and Friday day time.

Mark Gawlinski

BSc (Hons), MSc (Psychotherapy), Dip (Counselling), MSc (Organisation Consulting), registrant UKCP