Hugh Polk, M.D.

Hugh Polk, M.D.

Professions: Psychiatry
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Medical - 146183
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 08052
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Office 1
106 S. Oxford St.
Brooklyn, New York 11217 - United States
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Office 2
920 Broadway, 17th floor
New York City, New York 10010 - United States
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I'm a psychiatrist with 30+ years of experience as a practitioner of an innovative, humanistic group therapeutic approach called Social Therapy. In our ongoing weekly groups, people work together to create an environment in which everyone in the group can develop emotionally. Participating in this highly creative--and challenging-- activity is the most powerful way I know for people to get help with their emotional difficulties and pain.

As the Medical Director of the Social Therapy Group's national network of therapy centers, I'm part of a multidisciplinary team of practitioners who work with adults, families, adolescents and children, including young people who have been diagnosed with one of the autism spectrum disorders and/or ADHD. We have pioneered multi-family social therapy groups in which several families--parents and their children--create, and develop, together.

Over the years I've come to believe that the medical model, which is the basis of traditional psychotherapeutic approaches, often turns out to be an obstacle to emotional growth and development. As social therapists, our team doesn't diagnose or label or categorize the people who come to us for help in terms of what's "wrong" with them. Instead, we work with them as partners in the process of creating the conditions for their growth and development: in sharing their difficulties and pain with me and one another, members of the group are turning those "raw materials" into emotional and social tools for the continuous creation of their lives.

Short term therapy for individuals and couples is also available as needed.

Email or Call Hugh Polk, M.D. at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 08052

More Info About My Practice

I have a sliding scale fee arrangement. During the first session we set a fee based on people's income and available resources. I am not in the insurance plans, but many of my clients use their out of network benefits to partially cover the cost of therapy.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.)
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Men's Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Post Traumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Humanistic Psychology

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