David Polak MA/BACP
39 Margaret Street
07847 279 246
I help men and women to understand themselves better, so that they can build better relationships and lead more fulfilling lives. I adopt a psychoanalytic approach, focusing on making connections between your present day relationships (including your one with me) and how your early life experiences may impinge upon you.
I work with individuals and couples in my private practice, as well as working in a reputable private London hospital, where I specialise in helping professional people overcome anxiety, depression and work related issues.
Am I the right counsellor for you?
Normally it's about feeling comfortable with your therapist, so a first meeting is usually necessary to tell if I'm right for you. My approach does not involve telling you what to do so a willingness to participate in the process is essential. This means being willing to talk openly and to also have some capacity for reflecting on yourself and your life.
I am a specialist in working with depression and anxiety and work in a reputable private psychiatric hospital with patients presenting with those issues.
Is counselling right for you?
If you find yourself preoccupied with an event or difficulty that interrupts your normal functioning, I.e it's hard to concentrate on other things or your sleep is disrupted. It may be that your relationships are suffering as a result of your current state. You might also feel isolated and alone and that no one else really understands what you're going through then it may be time to try counselling.
Counselling offers you a safe non judgemental space to talk about your concerns. I can help you to make sense of your experience, thoughts and feelings which will enable you to come to a better understanding of your self. Often intellectual understanding is not enough on it's own and so engaging in your emotions will also be part of the process of change.
What To Expect From Counselling
Therapy is an opportunity to change. It involves exploring your thoughts, feelings and behaviours in the context of our professional relationship.
I can help you to develop more insight into yourself and the ways in which you relate to others. Through this process you will begin to understand yourself better and to implement changes in your life.
Sessions last 50 minutes and usually happen once a week (sometimes more frequently) normally at the same time and day.
Some people come with a specific issue that may require short-term therapy and others need longer to address more long standing issues.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained for five years to become registered BACP accredited psychotherapist. I also have an M.A in psychotherapy.
I have worked in a variety of settings with diverse patient populations, and currently divide my time between my private practice and working in a reputable private London hospital.
I offer once and twice weekly long term therapy from conveniently located consulting rooms 2 minutes walk from Oxford Circus.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Child related issues
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client
Supervision & training
I have a Certificate in Relational Supervision and offer supervision to therapists from psychodynamic, integrative and humanistic schools who work with individuals, couples and groups.View supervision profile