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About me

People seek out therapy for a variety of reasons. Whatever the reason, it will be unique to you, which is why I will work closely with you to form an understanding of what brings you to therapy and how I can be of help. As someone who has had personal therapy, I understand first hand how difficult it can be to make that first step, so if you are reading this you are halfway there. 

As an integrative therapist, I will draw from a variety of therapeutic approaches to assist you in your healing journey. I see every therapeutic encounter as unique, which is why I will work with you to tailor therapy to your individual needs and preferences. My theoretical and practical training includes person-centred, relational, psychodynamic, and CBT frameworks

I approach my work from a trauma-informed perspective with a heightened awareness of the specific needs that clients may have as a result of past or ongoing trauma. Due to my clinical and personal experience of trauma, I have first-hand understanding of the complex and pervasive impact that it can have on our sense of self, sense of safety in the world, and how it shapes our efforts to cope.

How I can help

I offer both short-term and long-term counselling for a range of difficulties. My focus in therapy is to provide you with a safe and confidential space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings openly without judgement. I will work collaboratively with you to explore what therapy can offer and how we can work together towards your desired goal. My role is to provide support, understanding and professional guidance towards achieving your desired outcome in therapy.

I currently offer therapy online via Zoom or telephone only. Please feel free to email me to set up an initial 15 min free call, either via telephone or Zoom, to discuss what you would like to get out of counselling. If you are happy to continue, we will decide on a suitable day and time, and arrange to see each other weekly or fortnightly, depending on the level of support you would like. 

Testimonials

"Polina made me feel comfortable and at ease during out conversations and together we worked through a vast array of issues, emption, fears, stresses, thought processes and coping mechanisms in order to build back my resilience. Polina’s professionalism, kindness and wise counsel has been so incredibly helpful to me and my family, she helped lift a weight that until we met was being placed on my wife’s shoulders and our marriage. Polina has done an amazing job at guiding me through a very challenging time and provided me with the building blocks to move forward and fully recover."

- Kyle, aged 38

"Thank you for your kind words, encouragement, knowledge and for being truly authentic within the therapeutic relationship. I really enjoyed working with you; you opened my eyes to so many aspects of relationships that I was completely blind to. I appreciate your kindness, compassion and providing me with a non-judgmental space to be myself"

- O, aged 48

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified counsellor and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). I have recently completed my final year of doctoral training in Counselling Psychology at the University of Roehampton, and I am currently working towards obtaining doctoral status.

  • Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology - University of Roehampton 2018-2021 (minimum 450 clinical hours completed)
  • Graduate Certificate in Counselling Psychology (City University 2017-2018)
  • MSc Psychology (University of Westminster 2015-2017)
  • BSc. (Hons)

Additional training:

  • Primary Certificate in Cognitive-behavioural Therapy (BPS London)
  • Primary Certificate in Stress Management (BPS London)
  • Awareness in Bereavement Care Level 2 (Ascentis accredited)
  • Mindfulness Diploma Course (Centre for Excellence)

Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

  • Trauma & Attachment Summit (2020)
  • A Day on the Mind and Body Connection (2020)
  • Third Wave Psychotherapy (2020)
  • Trauma & Attachment – Interpersonal Neurobiology and the Traumatic Transference (2021)
  • The psychological and physiological repercussions of complex trauma: essential information (2021)

Member organisations

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.

Fees

£75.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students

Additional information

15 min phone consultation: Free

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Thursdays and Fridays: morning, daytime and evening slots.

Creek Road
London
SE10

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Additional languages

Bulgarian

Polina Lukanova

Polina Lukanova