David Polak MA/BACP
I specialise in helping professional people overcome anxiety and depression. I have worked extensively in this field for over ten years in many different settings, both private and public.
"Though I found therapy hard and challenging at times, I have become a calmer and saner human being with more insight and more trust. I cannot express to you enough how grateful I am and how much you have helped me." (AH)
"I experienced bullying from an early age which shattered my confidence and made me feel as if I had lost my voice. Through my therapy with David I learnt how to manage my emotions and build my self confidence. I now feel more balanced and much happier in life. One of the best decisions I ever made." ( MD)
As well as my work with clients, I also offer supervision to other counsellors and therapists.
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 Harley Street consulting rooms, a short walk from Oxford Circus.
Accredited register membership
To be agreed at initial consultation.
Maps & Directions
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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