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Mirek Polanowski

Humanistic Integrative Counsellor, MBACP Accrdited

Addictions Specialist, FDAP

Attachment Based Therapist

Clinical Supervisor

Tel. 07989137034


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


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.


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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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


Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Counselling and psychotherapy - £70

Couples counselling fee is £90

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

When I work

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

Further information


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

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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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.

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

Additional languages



In person

I offer clinical supervision for individuals and groups.

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