About Melbourne Relationship Coaching & Counselling

Melbourne Relationship Coaching was founded by Nigel “CoachWill” Polak to better the accessibility and quality of relationship counseling information, advice and services. Melbourne Relationship Coaching is the go-to place for people wanting to find the right kind of companionship, to either save or enhance the current relationship they have or, to salvage all the possible dignity and connection they once had from the relationship.

Nigel Will Polak

Our Mission

Our Mission is to promote fulfilling life partnerships for individuals and couples through high quality and effective education, training, coaching and counselling.

Our Vision

Our Vision is to establish a culture of strong, healthy relationships across generations by supporting all of our clients to experience successful and fulfilling life partnerships through education, training, coaching and counselling.

A message from Nigel "CoachWill" Polak,
Founder of Melbourne Relationship Coaching & Counselling

I value the freedom of human expression in all of its forms. I believe it is important to be aware of the responsibilities we all have to ourselves and to those around us when we choose (or choose not) to express ourselves freely. Consistent with these values, I believe in the importance of living in sustainable partnership with a living earth of which we are all a part.

I combine my skills in coaching, counselling/psychotherapy and conflict resolution in order to facilitate a more meaningful experience of life for all of my clients. I value each client’s emotions as a ‘guidance system’ or compass that can point them in the unique direction that they need to travel to feel meaningful and fulfilled within their own life. Thoughts are then understood as attempts to make sense of, realise or take control of these feelings, and these thoughts can either work with or against the emotions. I believe that each person moves through life within a personalised understanding of what life is all about and what their role is within that life, and that this understanding lies within the wider context of their relationships with other people and with the world around them. I use a wide range of techniques and approaches to assist clients to clarify and make meaning of the whole of their experience.

I graduated from university with degrees in psychology and law, and at first I followed a pathway into legal practice, mostly family law. I soon discovered that while the law was stimulating it did not satisfy me and I was more interested in the helping the real people solve the problems behind legal problems. This took my career in a different direction via retraining in gestalt therapy. Inspired by the approach to Being that underpins gestalt therapy I travelled to the UK to study with world leaders in existential therapy, my passion and true calling. Existential therapy is, in essence, “assisting people to live meaningful and fulfilling lives”. I now work as a counsellor and coach, and teach counselling and existential therapy at the Australian College of Applied Psychology in Melbourne.

CoachWill brings the following qualifications to your relationship:

  • Master of Arts in Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology
  • Graduate Certificate Gestalt Therapy,
  • Graduate Certificate Conflict Resolution
  • Bachelor of Science (Psychology)
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

CoachWill is proficient in the following coaching, counselling and conflict resolution modalities and techniques:

  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Phenomenology
  • Couples therapy
  • Mediation / conflict resolution
  • Family dispute resolution
  • Imago, focusing
  • Empty chair
  • Psychodrama
  • TIR (Traumatic Incident Reduction)
  • NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming)
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