Mark Gawlinski

I am a qualified and experienced counsellor, psychotherapist, trainer and coach. I am also the co-founder of Cambridge Counselling Service.

I am experienced in working with people facing a range of difficulties, including:

  1. Depression/low-mood,

  2. Anxiety/stress and

  3. Relationship problems.

Whatever brings you to counselling or psychotherapy, I hope we will be able to work together to make a positive and real difference to your life. I also have a particular interest and experience in:

  1. Anger management.

  2. Problems at work, including issues that come with the drive for achievement and success. Particularly for people in roles and organisations with a science, technology or IT element and in academia.

  3. Sight loss and dealing with similar disabilities.

Mark Gawlinski – more 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 Service Cambridge, part of NHS Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Mental Health Foundation Trust. I have also worked as a senior lecturer for a university and in the NHS.

My work as a coach and lecturer focused on the psychology of change – and I am currently writing a book for people who want to get their lives on track called 'Walking Barefoot on the Beach'.

I am trained as a relational gestalt counsellor. This means I focus on helping you identify your psychological patterns – and then explore whether and how you can change them. I also believe that the nature of the relationship that we form can be a very useful source of information about these patterns as well a core component of positive change – and that people tend to thrive when they are embedded in understanding, cooperative and supportive relationships. My work generally aims to support people to develop these ‘relational’ capabilities, and thereby build resilience to future problems and stress.

I usually offer two initial sessions, and then collaboratively negotiate either a fixed short-term counselling contract (e.g. between six and twenty sessions) or open ended counselling, with regular review sessions, which can last for a year or more.

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

In terms of qualifications and memberships, I am a qualified psychotherapist (MSc in Psychotherapy), a qualified 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 at work.

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 evening, Thursday day time and early evening and Friday day time.

Mark Gawlinski

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


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