Mark Gawlinski

Hi, I’m Mark. I work as a counsellor, psychotherapist, executive coach and supervisor. I am the co-founder of Cambridge Counselling Service.

I am a gestalt therapist: my way of working is here-and-now focused, with a particular emphasis on our embodied awareness in relationship.

I am experienced in working with people facing a range of difficulties, including depression, anxiety and relationship problems. I particularly specialise in helping people deal with work-place challenges - and have lots of experience working in media, new media, technology, healthcare, and academic organisations. I'm kind of a nerd therapist - and a therapist for nerds.

Mark Gawlinski – background

I have previously worked as an associate counsellor at the University of Cambridge Counselling Service, at a private counselling service in London and at the NHS Complex Cases/Personality Disorder Service in 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. 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 I had of myself was undermining my health, happiness and relationships.

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, 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. Ruella Frank is my supervisor. I have a strong interest in the theory and practice of somatic psychotherapy and change.

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, AXA PPP, PruHealth, CPA, Cigna, Vitality Health 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) Psychology, MSc (Psychotherapy), Dip (Counselling), MSc (Organisation Consulting), registrant UKCP, UKCP supervisors' register