Dr. Kierski is a highly specialised psychotherapist with over 20 years of clinical experience. Werner draws from a wide range of professional experiences. He was a senior member of the therapy team at the Nightingale Hospital. Prior to that he has worked for a range of other organisations, including the Medical Foundation, now called Freedom from Torture, which is a specialist service to support people who have survived torture. He has worked in residential addiction treatment, with survivors of childhood abuse and in other service settings.
In addition to his clinical work, Werner has held a number of teaching posts at several leading institutions, including Anglia Ruskin University, the Open University, New School for Psychotherapy and Counselling (NSPC). He is currently offering academic supervision to doctoral students.
A core principle of Werner’s work is to offer all clients the choice to work therapeutically for as long as they wish. There are no limitations on the amount of sessions a client has; duration and quantity of sessions is tailored to the individual needs of the client. Clients do not get pigeonholed, which allows to deal with whatever individual issues clients may present. In doing so, Werner draws from a range of evidence based approaches, which have been tested through scientific research.
Another important principle is the integrative multi-modality framework used when working with clients. This means Werner uses the most effective approaches with respect to current research into counselling and therapy. Furthermore, research by experts such as Michael Lambert, Andrew McAleavey or Louis Castonguay and other experts about how psychotherapy works demonstrated that a good relationship between therapist and client is paramount in the successful outcome of therapy; therefore, the quality of the relationship between the practitioner and client occupies a central place.
The main approaches Werner draws from in the integrative framework include: schema therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based approaches, acceptance-commitment- therapy, compassion focused therapy and person centred and relationship-based approaches.
Outside of his activities as a psychotherapist and counsellor, he spent six years working with wolves. This deeply moving work has helped him to understand much better how questions of anxiety, survival, communication with others and resilience are interconnected. He continues to learn about the complex and sophisticated emotional processes that these animals experience.
Training and Awards:
Dr Kierski is a senior accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). He is on the accredited register of the Professional Standards Authory (PSA) as well as a member of Britain’s leading association for cognitive behaviour therapy and is certified in schema therapy.