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Mirek Polanowski

London SE1
07989 137 034 07989 137 034 Registered / Accredited

About me

Mirek Polanowski

Humanistic Integrative Counsellor, MBACP Accrdited

Addictions Specialist, FDAP

Attachment Based Therapist

Clinical Supervisor

Tel. 07989137034

I NOW OFFER SESSIONS FACE-TO-FACE, IN PERSON, as well as on-line.

My London Bridge counselling room is 'covid ready' with all safety measures in place.

Hello,

I specialise in working within the areas of relationship issues, attachment issues (including couples), anxiety (including generalised anxiety disorder), panic attacks, addictions (e.g. alcohol, drugs, gambling), trauma (including early childhood), depression and issues stemming from the early childhood.

Other areas of counselling I deal with:

  • communication issues
  • bereavement and loss
  • co-dependency
  • feelings of emptiness and loneliness
  • low self-esteem
  • feelings of shame and guilt
  • assertiveness
  • worrying
  • anger issues
  • obsessive behaviour
  • children behaviour issues
  • men’s issues
  • the effects of physical, emotional and sexual abuse
  • childhood related issues
  • intimacy and trust
  • panic attacks
  • identity issues
  • shyness
  • social anxiety
  • attachment issues

As a fully qualified and experienced counsellor and a member of the BACP and the FDAP I fully adhere to their code of ethics and good practice. My clinical work is regularly supervised by an experienced BACP registered supervisor.

I am available in London Bridge and Borough.

Training, qualifications & experience

Sessions with me

I believe that childhood experiences can play a very important role in our adult lives and that we are often influenced by them in a way that we think, feel and often act. Both counselling and psychotherapy can help untangle what is current and what is the unhelpful remnant of the past. This does not mean that you will be expected to explore your past, however if you felt this to be relevant nI will facilitate the process for you in such a way that is safe, appropriately paced and helpful. It is my experience that just by making links with our early experiences we often begin to feel better and usually the obvious presenting issues (e.g. anxiety, sadness, panic attacks) subside. Further exploration tends to lead to achieving deeper and much more permanent changes within the psyche.

In sessions I am unlikely to tell you what decisions you should make but I will provide a safe space for you to explore things that matter to you and to make sense what seems too difficult to understand and to change with the current resources.

Experience

I have an extensive experience of working in private practice but also within agencies specialising in working with addictions (e.g. Each, WDP, KCA), mental health (MECS, NHS), domestic violence, homelessness and trauma (emotional, physical, sexual).
After years of providing counselling and psychotherapy to my clients I now also offer clinical supervision to those who begin to practice and those already experienced. I have an extensive experience of providing clinical supervision for the Brent Bereavement Counselling Service and also for The Awareness Centre in Clapham, where I have facilitated group sessions for both open-ended counselling and IAPT based.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I’m experienced in working with clients who:

  • Are depressed
  • Are having difficulties in relationships
  • Have difficulties with addictions
  • Are in relationships with addicted people
  • Are adult children of alcoholics
  • Are struggling with a separation or divorce
  • Have experienced loss (death, loss of a child, termination)
  • Are experiencing feelings of shame and guilt
  • Are experiencing fear
  • Are feeling lonely, isolated, excluded
  • Find transition periods difficult
  • Are lacking in self-esteem
  • Have suffered abuse, shock, trauma
  • Are feeling empty and lacking in life energy
  • Are experiencing anxiety and panic attacks
  • Have issues with anger
  • Feel are constantly stressed
  • Have experience displacement
  • Are constantly waiting for the better
  • are struggling with their masculinity

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

Counselling and psychotherapy - £70

Couples counselling fee is £90

I reserve a couple of spaces for those on lower income. Please enquire.

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Further information

WORKING WITH ADDICTIONS

I offer a structured approach to working with addictions. In many cases addiction is often a manifestation of a hidden difficulty, one which may be much more difficult to spot and define. There may be a lot of causes of addiction and the integrative model, which I subscribe to, helps us consider you from several perspectives (e.g. biological, social, physical, spiritual) which is often sufficient to determine the root cause of your addiction and also to design a unique treatment package for you – cognitive-behavioural, more exploratory with the closer examination of the early patterns of the attachment or the combination of both.

When we meet for the initial consultation session we will be able to hear your story, learn about the addiction and decide the way forward. Together we will be able to choose the right treatment option, which will consist of 6, 12 or 18 sessions.

In general the type of option you choose will depend on the aim of therapy – working towards, abstinence, reduction or preventing relapse. These options are designed as an alternative to seeking a structured support within residential settings.

Please get in touch to discuss your treatment and choose the right option.

Psychosynthesis & Education Trust
92-94 Tooley Street
London
SE1 2TH

Alpha House
100 Borough High Street
London
SE1 1LB

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages Polish

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Lift is available in the building and there is an easy access to my room.

Availability

Monday to Saturday. My counselling rooms are located very closely to mainline and tube stations (London Bridge and Borough).

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision

I offer clinical supervision for individuals and groups.  My orientation is humanistic integrative and attachment based,  however in my everyday clinical work I draw from a variety of therapeutic orientations - psychodynamic, TA, Gestalt, attachment, transpersonal and CBT.  I am based in London Bridge, approximately 5min walk from the train station.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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