Michal has over 12 years experience as a psychotherapist and brings a wealth of knowledge in managing chronic health and associated disability issues. Her work includes extensive rehabilitation and injury management experience, including the assessment and treatment of complex psychological injuries and chronic pain presentations, as well as general counselling and crisis interventions. This experience is invaluable and deeply relevant to helping the patients of Oasis Integrative Medicine with chronic health conditions and associated loss of social and productive capacity, often also with chronic pain.
We at Oasis Integrative Medicine strongly believe in the importance of managing the whole person in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic health disorders. Everyone with chronic fatigue, chronic loss of function or chronic pain will have a natural psychological reaction to such debilitating symptoms. Grief, anxiety, stress and depression are normal, common secondary responses to chronic ill-health. These deserve management in their own right and may at times also become barriers to implementing appropriate medical therapies. Some people may also have unrelated pre-existing significant stresses in their life which ill-health can also often exacerbate.
These realities of the secondary effects of chronic fatigue and chronic pain can often lead to the inappropriate and hurtful confusion of cause and effect. This confusion can sometimes lead to Doctors making an incorrect diagnosis of Depression as the primary cause for all the symptoms, thus missing the true underlying physiological and pathological causes of illness and the opportunity to treat them. It can also sometimes lead to the patient, aware that depression is not the primary cause of their illness, failing to see the importance of dealing with the realities of the secondary psychological factors, thus missing the opportunity to deal with them.
We believe that psychotherapy is an integral part of the treatment approach of chronic illness. Michal brings a warm, engaging and authentic nature to her integrative approach to intervention to provide a welcoming and safe environment for patients. Michal’s aim through intervention is to normalise her client’s experience through brain based psycho-education and provide techniques that empower self-management, acceptance and emotional resilience. Treatment modalities utilised by Michal include Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Positive Psychology and Mindfulness. Michal enjoys the rewards of empowering her clients to independently manage their mental health and general wellbeing.
Michal is currently available on Mondays and Wednesday mornings. Her consultation fees are $170 per hour. Medicare mental health care plans can cover some of these costs.
BA (Psych) University Sydney
Post Grad Dip (Psych) University Western Sydney
Member of The Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)
Associate Member of the International Association of Clinical Neuropsychotherapy (MIACN)
Certified Resilience Coach (CreC)