Werner Kierski

MA, DProf, UKCP Reg, BACP accredited

NSPC Roles
Research Supervisor,


Dr. Werner Kierski

BACP (snr. Accred); Member of BABCP, ISST


Limited availability as 1st supervisor, no availability as 2nd supervisor

Werner’s approach to psychotherapy research is very pragmatic, supporting your research journey by helping you to develop your interest in a way that is inspiring for you and which you can manage within your defined timeframe. An additional interest in relation to doctoral supervision is to inspire candidates to use their research for publication.

Werner’s research interests include, amongst others, qualitative methods, case study design, mixed quantitative/qualitative designs. He has been working at NSPC for some 13 years. Specific topics of interest include amongst others:

  • The existential dimension of trauma;
  • Interdisciplinary projects;
  • Anxiety;
  • Depression;
  • Mindfulness;
  • Men and life (with a particullar interest in the emotional experiences of heterosexual males);
  • Identity and culture;
  • Bipolar disorder;
  • Buddhism and therapy;
  • Bereavement through suicide;
  • Use of animals in therapy;
  • Emotional schemas;
  • Critique of medication;
  • The current renaissance of research into the use of psychedelic drugs in depression treatment
  • Comparing therapeutic modalities
  • Client experiences (not available for studies on therapist experiences including studies on the therapist’s own experiences);
  • Psychotherapy outcome studies;
  • Psychotherapy process studies.

Werner has worked in many organisational settings with a range of different client groups, including survivors of torture. He is also a senior member of the therapy team at Schoen Clinic and works in a busy private practice in West Hampstead.

In his work with clients and therapeutic groups, and in addition to an existential perspective he is using schema therapy and compassion focussed therapy. He is also incorporating CRM (Comprehensive Resource Model), which is a neurobiological approach to working with trauma, it is based on deep existential themes.

He has worked as academic supervisor at the Open University, as a lecturer at Anglia Rusking University and lecturer in research at the Minster Centre and a guest lecturer at Chichester University.

One of his recent research projects looked at experiences of academic supervision of doctoral students in psychotherapy, which provided insight into needs, and dynamics of doctoral supervision.

Previously Werner has been working internationally in qualitative commercial research for some 13 years, covering many topics. He has published a number of lengthy reports based on this work.

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