Mark M. Polanowski
Humanistic Integrative Counsellor, MBACP
Addictions Specialist, FDAP
Attachment Based Therapist
I specialise in working within the areas of relationship 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
- feelings of emptiness and loneliness
- low self-esteem
- feelings of shame and guilt
- 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
- 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 I 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.
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 am a clinical supervisor within Brent Bereavement Counselling Service and also The Awareness Centre in Clapham.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Group therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Interpersonal therapy
- Person-centred therapy
- Psychoanalytic therapy
Counselling and psychotherapy - £70-£90
Couples counselling fee is £90-£110
I reserve a couple of spaces for those on lower income. Please enquire.
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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday to Saturday. My counselling rooms are located very closely to mainline and tube stations (London Bridge and Borough).
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
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