Daniel Bak

Contact Details

Address:
Stanislawa Dubois 10/7, Warsaw, 00-188
Email:
Phone:
Mobile:
+48693348341
Website (1):
Website (2):

Location

Directions:
The nearest Metro stations are: Dworzec Gdanski or Ratusz Arsenal. Also, my office is a two minute walk from the 'Tram 35' stop ("Dzika").

Fees & Charges

My fees are a flat 130 PLN - for a consultation/an individual psychotherapy session (50 min.) and 190 PLN - for a couples (or more) therapy session (80 min.). They also apply to on-line sessions via Skype or Zoom.

I charge 130 PLN per fifty minutes for a supervisory consultation. Also in this case I am happy to work via Skype or Zoom (payment stays the same).

PLN = Polish Zloty

Access:

Car parking available, Online/Internet Counselling, Skype Video Counselling.

My clients

Gender & Sexual Minorities Experienced:
Androgyne
Asexual
Bisexual
Celibate
Cross Dresser/Transvestite
Gay
Heterosexual
Intersex/DSD/VSD
Kink/BDSM (all gender/sexualities)
Lesbian
Other Gender Variant
Questioning
Trans F2M
Trans M2F
Transgender
Unsure
Age ranges:
Adults
Seniors (60+)
Young Adults (16-24)
Relationship Styles:
Closed/Monogamous
Friend and Family members
Open
Polyamorous

About me

I have MA degree in Psychology (five-year long studies; 2007) and PhD in Medical Biology (I had graduated first as a molecular biologist). I finished four-year long Gestalt psychotherapy training (2012).

I work as a psychotherapist, a group trainer, a psychotherapy teacher, a clinical consultant, also as a psychologist. I have run my own private practice.

I am a member of the Polish Psychological Society and the Psychotherapy Section in the Society.

I decided early in my career to focus on gender, sexuality and sex. My programme of psychological help dedicated to GSRD/LGBT+ clients has existed since 2009. It is called 'Teczowka', what could be translated into English as an iris (a part of an eye). In English it does not make sense;) but there is a 'rainbow' part (tecza) in Polish word for an iris. This is why I chose it. A rainbow eye is a hallmark of the programme.

As a practitioner I have an extensive experience with people presenting with a broad spectrum of gender, sexual and relationship identities.

The relational Gestalt is my theoretical approach. It means that:

  • The world around is understood as a set of relations. As you can have a relation with your mother or partner, you can also have a relation with your gender, workplace or mephedrone.
  • Neither a client nor a psychotherapist has got a monopoly on the truth about world or on difficulties a client brings into a consulting room (!). We all experience the world around us in our own way. It is all about getting interested in that very difference and not about pushing for only client's or therapist's perspective. Believe me, this curiosity so often becomes a source of many discoveries during therapy!
  • We will focus on here-and-now mostly. You are 'in trouble' now, right?! It does not mean that we will not be interested in your past. We will be, from time to time, to better understand how you have become a human being you are (with your specific behaviour and emotional reactions).
  • We will also check regularly what is going on in our relation (in a therapeutic relationship). It is known from the research that a therapeutic relationship is a basic tool of change in psychotherapy. So, it seems clear this is worth checking how we co-create sessions together.

Feel free to contact me! All the best, Daniel

Sexual & Gender Identity:
Queer - Male

Experience and approach

Specific experience and training:

I have been working with Gender, Sexual & Relationship Diversity (GSRD) for over 10 years. I started as a street- and party-worker (sex education; HIV/AIDS programme) at Lambda-Warsaw Association, LGBT+ NGO (2005-2007). Later on I also worked with another NGO - Campaign Against Homophobia (psychological consultations for LGBT+ clients, publications; sessionally over the period 2009-2013). I created my own programme of psychological help dedicated to LGBT+ clients in 2009 (http://psychoterapia.lgbt).

 

This is my current GSRD/LGBT+ professional involvement:

  • Clinical Associate (since Jun 2018) & Faculty Member (since Dec 2017), Pink Therapy, London, UK;
  • Co-chair, Gender & Sexual Diversity Interest Group, Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy: An International Community (since Apr 2016);
  • Leading Editor/Author, 'LGBTQIA Psychology and Psychotherapy' Section, The e-Bulletin of the Warsaw Division of Polish Psychological Society (since Mar 2016).

And here is a list of my GSRD/LGBT+ publications (published in Polish; bibliographical data translated into English):

Chapters in books

  1. Bak, D. (2018). Psychological issues of LGBT+ people. In: M. Janus, A. Szulc, P. Galecki (Ed.) Mental health and sex. Warsaw: Medyk Publishing House. (in press)
  2. Iniewicz, G., Bak, D. (2012). Psychotherapy with LGBs - from conversion to queer theory embedded therapies. In: G., Iniewicz, M., Mijas, B., Grabski (Ed.), Introduction to LGB psychology (pp. 309-336). Wroclaw: Continuo Publishing House.
  3. Bak, D., Iniewicz, G. (2012). Practical issues in psychotherapy with LGBs. In: G., Iniewicz, M., Mijas, B., Grabski (Ed.), Introduction to LGB psychology (pp. 337-357). Wroclaw: Continuo Publishing House.
  4. Bak, D. (2012). From 'a real boy' into 'a real man'? On homophobic violence towards boys at Polish school. In: J., Swierszcz (Ed.), Equality lesson. Attitudes and needs of faculty members and youth towards homophobia at school (pp. 111-121). Warsaw: Campaign Against Homophobia.


Journal articles

  1. Bak, D. (2018). Man on man sex of straight guys. A socio-cultural guide on how to have this sex and not to become gay. Culture and Society (pol. Kultura i Spoleczenstwo). (in press) [Publisher: The Committee on Sociology of The Polish Academy of Sciences and The Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences]
  2. Pietras, T., Tritt, R.J., Kowalczyk, R., Loewe, A., Lew-Starowicz, Z., Izdebski, Z., Kochanowski, J., Bak, D., Bojarska, K., Depko, A., Dlugolecka, A., Holka-Pokorska, J., Iniewicz, G. (2013). Recommendations for Polish scientific societies on procedures and therapeutic help for homo- and bisexual people. Postgraduate Sexology (pol. Seksuologia po Dyplomie), 9(4), 18-20.


Interviews in books and professional magazines

  1. Loewe, A., Santi, Bak, D. (interviewed by J. Mielewczyk) (2015). Tie me, kiss, soothe. In: J. Mielewczyk, Sex. A position for practitioners (pp. 265-290). Krakow: Znak Publishing House.
  2. Bak, D. (interviewed by J. Swierszcz) (2013). The patient has never got symptoms. In: J. Swierszcz, K. Dulak, Abuse and emancipation. Psychological support for LGBTQ people (pp. 110-131). Warsaw: Campaign Against Homophobia.
  3. Bak, D. (interviewed by M. Loskot) (2013). You have got a right to be like this. An interwiew with Daniel Bak, a psychotherapist, on difficulties faced by homosexual pupils. Pedagogic Voice (pol. Glos Pedagogiczny), 47, 13-16.

Also, you can read on my specific (gender, sexuality and sex issues) training in the 'Qualifications' section.

Therapies Practiced:
Counselling, Psychotherapy, Supervision/Consultation.
Specialisms and interests:

Gender
I am happy to work with people who transgress in terms of a gender identity and/or a gender role. It means that those of you identifying as: transgender, transsexual, cross-dress (a medicalised sexology calls it 'transvestism'), genderqueer, bigender, agender, neutrois, non-binary, androgynous etc. are more than welcome. Together we can work through your different life issues, not only those referring strictly to gender. So, it could be e.g. trans-identity formation process (transgender emergence), passing through the transition, but also some difficulties at work or with your children. [By the way, I do believe there is no single aspect of our life which is not gendered at least to some extent.]

Sexuality
I work with people presenting with a myriad of sexual and/or romantic identities e.g. gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, queer, androphilic, gynephilic, pansexual, polysexual, skoliosexual, homo-/bi-/heteroromantic etc. We can work through many different issues e.g. identity development, identity confusion, coming out, shame, unwanted (ego-dystonic) (psycho)sexual longings or sexual fluidity (also in men).

Sex
I understand sex (the way we 'do' it, the way we experience it) as the opportunity to grow as human beings. I am especially interested in broadening the awareness of how sex can be a personal journey to emotional integrity. I am also ready to work on different issues which can influence that integrity e.g. limited awareness of/self-acceptance for specific sexual needs (like BDSM/kink), living with HIV/AIDS or chemsex.

Psychosomatics
I do believe that the body and the mind co-create together one entity of the body-mind. I find this separation of the body and the mind artificial. We manifest our internal, psychological worlds through our bodies. This manifestation is quite frequently framed as so called physical symptoms recognised by Western medicine. I can be helpful if you present with - among others - asthma, skin difficulties (e.g. atopic dermatitis), erectile difficulties or autoimmune disease of thyroid gland.

Consultation to other mental and sexual health professionals
I offer consultation to mental and sexual health professionals (psychotherapists, psychologists, sexologists, sex educators, helpline workers etc.) working with Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diversity (GSRD) clients (LGBT+ people among them). I also offer mentoring to psychotherapists who want to improve their knowledge and skills needed for professional help and support in a therapeutic relationship with GSRD/LGBT+ clients.
It is possible to schedule our meeting on-line (with internet tools e.g. Skype or Zoom).

Theoretical approach:
Existential, Gestalt, Group Therapy, Humanistic, Psychodynamic (Kleinian), Relational, Systemic.
Ethical Framework:
BACP.

Qualifications

Accreditations:

Issues and problems I can help with:

Addictions/Compulsive behaviours, Ageing Issues , Agoraphobia, Anger Management, Anxiety/ Panic Attack, Bereavement/Grief, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorders, Childhood Sexual Abuse (Survivors), Chronic Physical Ilness, Civil Partnership Preparation/ Dissolution, Claustrophobia, Co-Dependency, Coming Out Issues, Compulsive Behaviours (Sex, Gambling, Spending, etc), Cross Dressing/ Transvestism, Cultural/Ethnic Issues, Dating And Relationship Skills, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Divorce, Drug/ Alcohol Misuse, Eating Difficulties/ Anorexia/ Bulimia, Emotional Growth & Development, Erectile Difficulties, Gender Identity Concerns, Harrassment, HIV/ AIDS, Homophobic Bullying, Hypochondriasis, Intimacy Issues, Kink/BDSM Identity Concerns, Parenting Issues, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Post Traumatic Stress, Psychosis, Psychosomatic Illness, Rape/ Sexual Assault/ Sexual Trauma, Relationship Issues, Religious Conflicts, Respiratory Problems/Asthma, Schizophrenia, Self Esteem/Confidence, Sexual Arousal/ Desire Difficulties, Sexual Problems/Dysfunction/Desire Discrepancies, Shame/Guilt, Single Parenting Issues, Skin Disorder (Eczema, Burns, Psoriasis...), Stress Management, Suicidal Behaviour/Ideation, Transgender, Trauma, Weight Loss/Management/Obesity.

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