Marcin Zielonka, MA Dramatherapist/Arts Therapist
Dealing with emotional stress is often difficult and sometimes overwhelming. Taking the decision to enter therapy can be a big step towards the healing process. However, sometimes talking therapy is not enough. It is often because there are no words to describe your thoughts or feelings or simply because you are already tired of talking. Creative therapies like dramatherapy can help to explore and express what cannot be said.
If you think that you are depressed or struggling with low self-esteem, dealing with relationship issues or anxiety, wondering about aims in your life, having existential questions, struggling with an inner critic, in a grief or bereavement process, or facing addictions then I am ready to meet you.
I maintain a client-centered approach at all times modeling it on humanistic methodology. In my practice, I equally draw on creative-expressive methods, symbolic approaches as well as talking strategies.
In the first few sessions, we will work together to gather enough information about your history and goals to begin treatment, as well as to clarify the length of the therapy. Then in subsequent sessions, we will focus on your personal material in a way that suits your needs.
In addition to my private practice, I work in NHS with children and adolescence. I also facilitate confidence building workshops for adults as well as work as a lecturer/workshop facilitator at a post-graduate diploma in Dramatherapy in Poland.
I work with children, young people, and adults of all ages.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have experience of working in NHS and community-based settings with adults with mental health problems such as low mood and anxiety disorder, suicidal ideation, self-harm, schizophrenia, depression, chronic bereavement, and addictions.
In addition, I have experience of clinical work with children and adolescents with emotional, behavioural, social and mental health needs in primary and secondary schools. I also work as a lecturer and therapeutic workshop leader at a post-graduate diploma in dramatherapy in Poland, Warsaw.
Apart from being a therapist, I am also a teacher with experience of working in mainstream secondary education as well as in SEN schools and pupil referral units.
- MA Dramatherapy, Roehampton University
- MA Classical Civilisation, Birkbeck College, University of London
- MA/BA Social and Political Sciences, University of Gdansk
- PGCE Social Science University of Gdansk
- Qualified Teacher Status
- Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- British Association of Dramatherapist, (BADth)
- Polish Association of Dramatherapy.
Registered / Accredited
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
As therapy has been many times compared to a journey, I would like to dedicate this poem to those who want to set off on a voyage to meet themselves and come closer to their destination.
Ihaka by C.P. Kavafy
As you set out for Ithaka
hope the voyage is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
angry Poseidon—don’t be afraid of them:
you’ll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
wild Poseidon—you won’t encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.
Hope the voyage is a long one.
May there be many a summer morning when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you come into harbors seen for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind—
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to gather stores of knowledge from their scholars.
Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you are destined for.
But do not hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you are old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.
Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you would not have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.
And if you find her poor, Ithaka won’t have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you will have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.
Translated by Edmund Keeley/Philip Sherrard
Initial consultation, 50 min: £50
Individual session, 50 min: £50
Group session (6 members), 90 min: £30
Online session: £35