Paulina Bak, Reg. UKCP
I am UKCP accredited Gestalt psychotherapeutic counsellor. I have completed a 4-year training in Gestalt psychotherapy in Edinburgh Gestalt Institute between 2013-2017. I work with individuals and can provide a safe and respectful environement to explore life themes you might be interested in, including early trauma, depression, anxiety and many more.
Contemporary Gestalt therapy that I offer can provide a lively exploration of feelings and behavioural patterns through embodied experiments that are co-created between a client and a therapist. I work very creatively including movement, breath and posture and I might use art materials as well as other props to help with therapy process.
My approach is dialogic and relational where the emphasis is on the present moment encounter with another human being and my practice is informed by respect, confidentiality, and compassion. I regularly consult it with a qualified and accredited clinical supervisor. I am fully insured and as a member of GPTI and UKCP I subscribe to their codes of ethics.
I use elements of mindfulness in my practice, and I also offer 1:1 Mindfulness sessions and MBSR 8-week courses for wider public.
I love spending as much time as possible walking in the nature, hiking and running, and drinking freshly ground coffee when I pause.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a UKCP registered Gestalt psychotherapeutic counsellor with the following memberships, qualifications and experience:
- UKCP registered member
- GPTI member
- Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy from Edinburgh Gestalt Institute
- BA in Slavic literature from Wroclaw University
- I have a broad experience of working in the field of mental health (Autism, Schizofrenia, developmental trauma, child sexual abuse) in the third sector in Scotland and through the public projects funded by NHS
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
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UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with