Dr Niklas Serning, Existential and Child Psychotherapist, Psychologist

Dr Niklas Serning, Existential and Child Psychotherapist, Psychologist

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82 Colston Street

07515 114268

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About me

There are many ways to practice psychotherapy; my focus is on how you experience and make sense of your life. I will try to get as close as possible to it, so that we can explore ways of changing as well as accepting this reality. Often, it is a matter of owning your experience despite others trying to deny it - a form of intellectual self defense!

I am an existential psychotherapist, child psychotherapist, chartered counselling psychologist and registered supervisor. I am the consultant psychotherapist for OTR, Bristol's award winning (King's Fund 2015) young people's organisation. I am also Senior Lecturer at The University of the West of England, teaching clinical practice and ethics, and supervising doctoral research. Finally, I teach ethics, sexuality and clinical supervision at doctoral level at the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling in London, where I also supervise doctoral students.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have spent several years working with the United Nations, where I held senior positions in UNOPS and UNFPA – primarily operational roles in complex emergencies such as Afghanistan, Eritrea and Sri Lanka, but also more policy related work in New York and India. I very much appreciate the efficiency and focus of the intense environments in my earlier UN career, and try to bring some of the resilience needed in that work into the therapy room.

I work in an existential phenomenological way, yet my first degrees were in CBT and psychodynamic work with adults and children and I have also done training in core process psychotherapy. I'm a doctor of existential counselling psychology and psychotherapy.

I have experience from a wide range of settings and clients, and have set up the St Matthias Park Pupil Referral Unit counselling service. I'm also active in research, and have presented and published my work at the World Congress of Existential Therapy, Society of Psychotherapy, British Psychological Society, University of Bristol, the Hermeneutic Journal and Society of Existential Analysis. I'm a member of the editorial review panel of Existential Analysis, Professional Doctorate External Examiner at Teesside University and Regent's University - University of Wales, and also sit on the ethics board for NSPC/Middlesex University.

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Existential Phenomenological exploration of meaning and values


I currently have limited spaces free to take new clients on. I charge £70 for a 50 minute session.

Maps & Directions

Bristol, BS1 5BB

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: Swedish


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No


Weekdays 08.00-18.00

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

The way I supervise psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors is similar to how I work with clients.

Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:Yes
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