Michael Pollak, PCC-S, LICDC
A Professional Clinical Counselor and Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor, Michael Pollak provides Intensive programming individual and family therapy to chemically dependent adolescents and adults. Additionally, he provides mental health therapy for young adults. Prior to forming The Behavioral Wellness Group, he worked with Psychological & Behavioral Consultants and Laurelwood Counseling Center for 17 years.
He earned his Master of Education degree from Cleveland State University, where he specialized in community agency counseling, and his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University. He pioneered a Dual Diagnosis Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for both Laurelwood Counseling Center and Psychological & Behavioral Consultants. This unique approach combines evidence-based Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) with a traditional 12-step treatment model. Therefore, clients learn to utilize both DBT and 12-step tools in a supportive environment while receiving ongoing feedback regarding their progress.
I take great pride in seeing my clients succeed on this journey. My focus is to encourage each client to find the desire and courage to get well. In my experience, I have found that when we combine our efforts, this challenging journey gets easier.
"Thanks so much for opening my perspective and encouraging me to believe my situation will get better. I am starting to see a future for myself and feel much safer going back to school."
"Mike is awesome and extremely knowledgeable. The program is well organized."
"Entering treatment, my plan was to ‘Just get it over with’ and do the bare minimum. Glad that didn’t happen. Mike was/is fantastic and I felt the need to share and participate and actually learn a thing or two. Thank you!"
"I'm thankful for this program. I was going downhill real fast and now I have hope that I can beat this disease. Thank you Michael Pollak!"
"The atmosphere was comfortable and I was challenged an a respectful, firm way."