Michaela Klabanova

Michaela Klabanova

Psychotherapist/Counsellor

 

Qualification

Masters in Psychology

Masters in Psychotherapy and Counselling

Associations/Registrations/Memberships

Associate Member of Australian Psychological Society (Assoc. MAPS)

Associate Member of the Australian Association of Group Psychotherapists (Assoc. MAAGP)

 

Background Information

Michaela studied psychology in the Czech Republic as well as in Austria. After finishing her Masters in Europe, she completed a degree in Psychotherapy and Counselling in Melbourne. She has experience in a variety of settings, including schools, public psychiatric hospitals, public health, not for profit in addition to forensic setting both in Europe and Australia. Her main focus is in working with adults and groups.

She is passionate about helping people grow and achieve their full potential so they feel fulfilled and empowered in their life. She uses a holistic approach to help clients to understand their unique experience. While being trained in Psychodynamic therapy as well as Existential (Daseinsanalytical) therapy, Michaela’s approach is tailored to the needs of each particular client.

Michaela is an open-minded psychotherapist, with the experience of working with populations from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, as well as clients with complex mental health issues.

Michaela is able to provide psychotherapy in Czech, German and English.

She works with adults, couples and individuals with complex issues as well as depression and anxiety. Michaela has experience in supporting sexual intimacy issues with adults and in a relationships.

Types of therapy –

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Schema Focused Therapy

Psychoanalytic and psychodynamic therapy.

Interpersonal skills.

 Specialising in:

Existential (Daseinsanalytical) therapy

Existential psychotherapy originates from the existential tradition of European philosophy, where the aim was to make sense of the human existence.

The Daseinsanalytical approach developed from the collaboration of the German philosopher Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) and the Swiss psychiatrist Medard Boss (1903-1990), who explored the meaning of “being”.

In these approaches, concepts such as death, freedom, responsibility, human relatedness, time and space are the main focus.

The therapeutic process involves a philosophical exploration, in order to understand how the person subjectively experiences something, as the existential therapists avoid models that categorize or label people. Existential psychotherapy sees experiences of anxiety, depression and alienation not as a mental illness but as natural stages in a normal process of human development and maturation.

 

Sexuality and intimacy issues

Intimacy and sexuality are complex aspects of our lives, which have a significant impact on our relationships.

At some point in our lives, many of us experience a sexual problem. Such problems include but are not limited to changes in sexual libido, issues in intercourse and/or sexual difficulties (eg. erectile problems, vaginismus). Due to mixed messages about these topics, it is understandable that women and men often experience difficulties in discussing this part of their lives.

Therapy provides a safe space for the individual or the couple to discuss these issues. The aim of the therapy is to identify, understand and address the underlying causes of these issues. Often the problem relates to difficulties within the client’s relationship, stress and/or mental health.