David Polak, Nightingale Therapist

David Polak


My professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships:

  • MA in Psychotherapy
  • Post Grad Diploma Psychotherapy
  • BACP accredited

My professional experience:

I am a registered BACP accredited psychotherapist. I have worked in a number of different settings over many years in both the private and public sector. This means that I have experience working with a wide range of presenting issues and with a diverse patient population. I currently work at Nightingale Hospital offering outpatient individual psychotherapy sessions and I also work in private practice in Central London.

 My personal statement:

I adopt a psychoanalytic approach to therapy; meaning that I help people to become more aware of how unconscious feelings and thoughts may be affecting them in their everyday lives.

I focus on addressing the root causes of people’s current difficulties, by facilitating insight into how early life experiences may be impacting upon them and their relationships with others; often by looking at how they relate to me in the consulting room.

Through the process of therapy, patients come to know themselves better and to expand their conscious choices in terms of how they live and relate to others. Symptoms tend to dissolve as a result of this process.

Additional information about my research, publications and interests:

I have published articles in professional journals and given talks to other professionals mostly on the theme of inter-generational trauma; with an emphasis on the second and third generation of Jewish Holocaust survivors.

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