August 31st, 2014

Hi there,

It’s been a very busy year at the clinic. Whilst this has been great in terms of meeting new people and helping out in whatever ways I can, it’s meant my blog hasn’t been updated as much.

Since The Sun article last year, i’ve worked a lot with people on phobias, building confidence and self esteem and helping reduce anxiety and depression. I’ve also been working more with actors, singers, dancers and musicians on stage confidence and being comfortable in auditions and the rehearsal room – so please do get in touch if you have any questions.

I am currently working also from rooms in Clerkenwell every other Saturday – so some weekend appointments are now available if this is more convenient.

Please do get in touch if you have any questions.

Zack Polanski is a Cognitive Hypnotherapist working in North West and Central London specialising in phobias, confidence boosting, reducing anxiety and stage performance. He can be contacted on 07738088632 or for more information.

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Recent Press Coverage

August 12th, 2013

It’s been a busy year so far with a couple of BBC Radio interviews and a feature in the Sun.

Much  smaller scale- but in many ways more lovely and personal earlier this year was this article in my local Kentish Town newspaper.

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Cognitive Hypnotherapy

June 12th, 2013

Something that is very important to me when working with people is to see the entire person and not just a difficult problem or an issue.

For example, if someone comes to see me because they’re stressed or anxious – I prefer that we examine their whole lifestyle. It’s crucial that it becomes about so much more than just looking at one small focus – and actually we widen out to see a human being.

When working with people, I find increasingly that some people prefer a Breakthrough session in which we spend a few hours together having a conversation and working on several aspects of your life.

It’s through utilising hypnosis in conjunction with NLP and CBT (all aspects of Cognitive Hypnotherapy) which mean we can find a mix that’s really right for you and your objectives.

Although currently demand is high, I’m available at The Lewis Clinic on Harley Street. Please email me using this website – it may take a few days to get back, but I endeavour to answer all queries within 7 days at most.

We can work on improving your confidence, helping you sleep better or reducing your general levels of stress – drop me a note and we can have a chat about options.


High Performance States in Movement

March 22nd, 2013

I’m currently involved with a research and development project that is looking into the effects of movement on our physiology, behaviour and mood.

This is rooted largely in the truth we all notice when we exercise how much better we can feel – whereas when we’re feeling down or our thoughts are clouded, we tend to want to stay in more and feel depressed or anxious.

We’re largely looking at research based on dancers both in ballet and classical dancing in which their self esteem or confidence is heightened during rehearsal and particularly performance when they’re really going with the flow.

In my practice as a therapist and counsellor utilising hypnosis, CBT and various other talking therapies – it’s clear to me that theirs lots of useful things to be learnt here in helping people overcome phobias or to promote their individual well being. This is also rooted in people often coming to see me purely for Coaching or to become more productive in their business or performance life.

Watch this space as the project develops.

Zack Polanski is a Cognitive Hypnotherapist, NLP Trainer and Coach working at 1 Harley Street, London. W1G 9UD. For more information, give him a call on 07738088632 or an e-mail at

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February 7th, 2013

Just an apology that so far it’s been an exceptionally busy 2013. All enquiries will be answered -and we’re looking to do this within at least 7 days of the intial email/phonecall.

Thank you for your patience.

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January 1st, 2013

Happy New Year everybody. The clinic resumes normal services from January 3rd. New clients and inquiries will begin the week after on January 7th.

Feel free to e-mail or text in the meantime with any enquiries – 07738088632 or

November 14th, 2012

Fascinating article in the Guardian yesterday about deafness by Martin Swinbourne.

It wa prompted by the mocking of a deaf football player who spoke on the pitch and who’s ‘grunting was described as distracting.’

This tallies with the work I have done in the pat with deaf clients who describe the stress, anxiety and knock to confidence that speaking in public can encourage.

The part I found particularly interesting is the idea that actually ‘mainsteam’ voices have been corrupted by society over the years. We are all culturally influenced by our heritage, our environment and what we’ve heard to be ‘the right way to speak.’
When someone who can only partially hear or is completely deaf speaks out – we’re actually hearing a much more pure, and unfiltered human sound.

Ive further reflected on the work I do with clients that actually when we compare ourselves to other epoples’ expectations, we’re reusing those filters – rather than just being who we are in that moment.

It would be very naive to suggest that it’s as easy as that but that doesn’t necessarily mean it can’t be that simple. The two things don’t necessarily equate.

In the meantime, thanks to Martin and the Guardian for the thought.

Zack Polanski is a Cognitive Hypnotherapist working from 1 Harley Street, London. W1G 9UD.

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September 18th, 2012

It’s been a really interesting month with a variety of themes emerging amongst my client work.

I’ve become increasingly curious about factors that promote change in a person. Whether it’s because they want to quit smoking, be less anxious, stop being phobic of something or to just live a relaxed life – to find the commonality that is often the straw that breaks the camels back.

There’s an (apparently) old adage I heard this week – ‘The roads not crowded along the extra mile.’ It really resonated with me in terms of those clients who make incredible changes – there’s often an internal congruency that they bring to our work together which just allows them to push through those barriers that may have been there before.

Often though, clients will come to see me because they can’t break through those barriers and they feel stuck. They feel like they’ve tried every logical thought pattern they could think of – they could write a thesis around their issue(s) yet they can’t seem to quite let go. That’s where I become really interested in knowing not only how I motivate people through our session work together but what is it that finally clicks in a person – that keeps them more effective and happier once our sessions are over.

It’s definitely an area to consider as we create a field that is absolutely not about codependency but the empowerment of each and every individual. There’s nothing codependent necessarily about seeing help for change – it’s just ensuring the help is short term to get the individual on to their feet and moving again in a relatively short amount of time.

Zack Polanski is a Cognitive Hypnotherapist. Based at 1 Harley Street, London – he regularly sees clients from Central London, North, East, South, West and the rest of the UK and Europe.

He works regularly on issues such as lack of self esteem, confidence, depression, phobia and anxiety. Call 07738088632 or e-mail at

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May 15th, 2012

It’s been a really busy month at the clinic.

There’s been a large upsurge in people coming specifically with stress or anxiety related issues – and similarly, in individuals wanting to work on raising or having more confidence.

The process for doing this can usually happen within just one session – with people noticing a considerable difference.

Most commonly, people prefer a second session to consolidate the learnings and to introduce new ideas and become even more effective.

And then there are a few people who enter into a longer term coaching arrangement as they also want to look at how they can influence the world around them in terms of business, family, relationships or even politics. This is in no way necessary to the original session – it’s just something that people often become interested in.

I’m happy to talk about any of these areas and how it could work for you.

Just give me a call on 07738088632 or alternatively e-mail me at

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April 17th, 2012

A friend of mine, John Morgan, asked me recently what three words sum up the way I like to work/what I do.

I had a long think about it and they’re;

Connection. Influence. Experience.

I think the words speak for themselves – but it made sense to blog them to both my clients and fellow therapists for their consideration. They sum up my work both as a Cognitive Hypnotherapist, in working with Counselling or NLP and particularly pertinent to my training work and dealing with people to enhance confidence or reduce stress and anxiety.

It’s a really interesting exercise; On the face of it very simple, but actually I went through quite a few changes to specify what summed up what I really do. Ultimately, I knew when I had the most effective 3 for now because it
just felt right (and sounds good!)

What would yours be?

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Zack Polanski M.N.C.H (Lic) Dip CHyp HPD PNLP

Cognitive Hypnotherapist and NLP New Code Practitioner

1 Harley Street, W1G 9QD

Mobile: 07738088632