David Polak

London, NW5
07847 279 246 07847 279 246 Registered / Accredited

About me

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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

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.

Areas of counselling I deal with

Therapies offered

  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic

Fees

To be agreed at initial consultation.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None

Accessibility

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

Availability

Monday-Friday 8am-8pm

Types of client

Adults

Supervision

I have a Diploma in Relational Supervision and offer supervision to therapists from psychodynamic, integrative and humanistic schools who work with individuals, couples and groups.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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David Polak

David Polak