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About me

I am a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist accredited with the BABCP. My core training was in depression and anxiety disorders and I am also a trained Cognitive Behavioural Couples therapist working for two years as a private practitioner in Central London.

First and foremost, I consider it a priority that you feel comfortable to discuss personal and sensitive matters in confidence.  Secondly that you develop a tangible understanding of your problems so that you can make the changes needed to improve your circumstances significantly

Please see my website: zarapolden.com

Training, qualifications & experience

BSc (Hons) Psychology
Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - Advanced Practice, King's College, London
Accreditation with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

I have over 10 years experience of working in the public and private sector in a therapeutic capacity e.g. NHS, Turning Point, leading London-based private practice, Efficacy.  I am a registered, recognized therapist with several private health insurance companies including: AVIVA, AXA PPP Health Care, Pruhealth.

Member organisations


British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.

BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy


£70 to £150 depending on the work.

The Practice Rooms
2A South Parade

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


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 Unspecified

Zara Polden BABCP

Zara Polden BABCP