tamala poljak

registered associate marriage & family therapist #112551

supervised by paul kindman, lmft


About ME

I believe we heal in relationship with others, including our unique and sacred relationship with our therapist. I am committed to helping my clients feel less alone and to finding clarity, hope and greater personal agency. I believe wholeheartedly in everyone’s capacity to love, heal and thrive - yes, even you.  I aim to provide a safe and connected space for my clients to explore what gives their lives meaning, value, and purpose, including if you don’t quite know! My approach is warm, direct, non-judgmental, and empathetic. I invite all big feelings, rigorous curiosity, self-compassion, and risk-taking. I am equally interested in what causes you pain as I am in what makes you laugh. Your strengths and abilities to feel and heal hold the same weight as your beautiful darkness, fears, and confusion.

Mindful awareness and radical self-acceptance are cornerstones in both my own life and my work. I strive to live an embodied life and to feel connection within myself, others, animals, and nature.  I am a radical queer feminist and I love to watch foreign films, make music with friends, and write short stories.

email me directly tamalapoljaktherapy@gmail.com



My areas of interest & training include:

Life Transitions and Crisis⎪Depression & Anxiety⎪Toxic Shame⎪Radical Self-Acceptance⎪ Gender Expansiveness⎪ LGBTQIP2SA+ Identities⎪ Relational Wounding⎪Addiction⎪
Trauma of Everyday Living⎪ Existential Meaning Making⎪Spiritual Inquiry⎪Mindfulness & Embodiment⎪Systemic Oppression⎪ Intersecting Identities⎪Group Process⎪Body Responses to Trauma⎪ BDSM & Kink Friendly⎪ Diverse Relationships Including Non-Monogamy, Polyamory, & Other Relationship Styles

Serving Individuals | Intimate Partnerships & Couples | Collaborative Relationships | Adults | Adolescents | Poly Families | Groups


Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology, LGBTQIA+ specific and affirmative therapy emphasis, Antioch University Los Angeles
Bachelors of Liberal Studies, Addiction Studies emphasis, Antioch University Los Angeles

TRAINING & Experience

  • Colors LGBTQ Youth Counseling, Los Angeles, CA 2018-Present

  • Antioch University Counseling Center, Culver City, CA 2018-Present

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Basic Training, Levels 1 & 2

  • Somatic Experiencing for Trauma & PTSD, Basic Training

  • Mindfulness & Meditation, Shinzen Young’s Method