COUNSELLING AND THERAPY SERVICES
Mikko Karhulahti
MSc. Clinical Psychology
I am licensed clinical psychologist and Gestalt therapist and I offer individualized counselling / consultations for individuals, couples and groups in English and Finnish in Berlin.

I am specialized in attachment theory (close relationships and family dynamics). My work is supervised and I am committed to the code of ethics of European Association of Gestalt Therapy (EAGT).

- I am located in Berlin in Neukölln at Mittelweg 50.
- I also offer online sessions and couples sessions.
- Please use the contact form below for any inquiries.
- Find more info about my education and specializations here.
- For a brief introduction to Gestalt therapy, click here.
- You can find my page on Facebook.
About me
I have studied in a variety of countries in Europe acquiring a culturally sensitive mindset which I aspire to incorporate into my practice. My academic background and training consists of a wide-ranging education:

- 4-year post-graduate training in Gestalt therapy (Gestalt Institute of Scandinavia, Denmark)
- Master's degree in Clinical Psychology (Leiden University, Netherlands)
- Master's degree in Research Psychology (University of Barcelona, Spain)
- Master's degree in Sociology (University of Turku, Finland)

I have lived most of my adult life abroad. Therefore, I have personally witnessed the many challenges and troubles related to the life of an expat.
I have experience working with people of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds.
I did my clinical psychologist work placement in a closed prison, where I worked with inmates.
My Master's thesis in clinical psychology focused on psychotherapy treatment outcome and feedback systems among adult clients.
My final thesis in Gestalt therapy focused on attachment theory and how it affects and appears in adult close relationships.

I believe all 'maladaptive behaviors', whether manifested in one's life through stress, isolation, addiction, depression, anxiety or various 'disorders' (eg. personality or eating disorders), are merely creative adjustments to one's environment. In my work, the goal is to become aware of these patterns and behaviors, how they emerge in the relational field in the present moment. I have several concepts of interest in addition to attachment, such as identity/self and gender, creativity/self-expression, self-confidence and sexuality. I'm passionate about music, gaming and research of altered states of consciousness.

My 4-year Gestalt therapy education is certified by EAP (European Association of Psychotherapy), EAGT (European Association for Gestalt Therapy) and PF (Danish Psychotherapist Association). For more info about Gestalt therapy, please click here.

I also offer online sessions and couples sessions.

Some areas of interest/specialization:
- personal, relationship and career changes and difficulties (integration and culture)
- adult attachment (styles & patterns), close relationship and family dynamics
- self-confidence, identity, gender, body, sexuality, self-expression and creativity
- stress, anxiety, burnout, perfectionism, procrastination, panic attacks and phobias
- depression, isolation, addiction, eating disorders and personality disorders
- music and gaming
Location in Berlin:
Mittelweg 50
12053 Berlin

Leinestraße (U8)
Karl-Marx-Straße (U7)
Gestalt therapy
Gestalt therapy is a humanistic and integrative form of psychotherapy that focuses upon the individual's experience in the present moment. Gestalt therapy explores creatively and experientially the therapeutic interaction and the client's life. Instead of interpreting and analyzing, the holistic approach focuses on awareness of your own immediate observations, body sensations, thoughts and acts. The goal of therapy is awareness that takes place in an authentic, appreciative dialogue and leads to growth.

Gestalt therapy has been developed since the 1950s. It has been influenced by a variety of movements in psychology, psychotherapy and philosophy, including psychoanalysis, existentialism, phenomenology, psychodrama and field theory. Contemporary Gestalt therapy takes into account the different aspects of human experience: the cognitive, emotional and bodily, as well as behavioral, relational, and existential dimensions. The term 'Gestalt therapy' is based on the German word 'gestalt', meaning a character, form or entity.

For more info check here in English, Finnish, German and French.

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