How can I help
In my practice, I am dedicated to providing high quality therapeutic services to individuals, couples and families in need. I have background in psychology, couple & family therapy, and human resources management. I am happily married and have a little girl and a baby boy.
2014 - 2016 Master’s degree in Couple and Family therapy, University of Kentucky, KY, USA
2008 - 2013 Master’s degree in Psychology, Masaryk University, Brno, CZE
PROFESSIONAL TRAININGS & QUALIFICATIONS
2021 Core Skills in Emotionally focused therapy (Dr. R. Jorgensen, ICEFT & TRI EFT) online from Dallas, TX (48 hrs)
2018 Externship in Emotionally focused couple therapy (Dr. R. Jorgensen, ICEEFT & TRI EFT), Prague, CZE (28 hrs)
2017 - present Gestalt integrative psychotherapy training, Instep, Prague, CZE (5 year long training)
2016 Postgradual training in Individual Emotion-Focused Therapy (L.Greenberg), level A, Prague College of Psychosocial studies in cooperation with Institute of Emotion-Focused Therapy, Ireland (25 hrs)
2015 - 2016 Couple and Family therapy internship, University of Kentucky Family Center, Lexington, KY;
(500+ hrs client contact hours, 100+ hrs group supervision, 100+ hrs individual supervision)
2015 Trauma-Informed Art and Play Therapy with Children and Adolescents, Kentucky Association for Play Therapy (KAPT), Louisville, KY (12 hrs)
2014 Crisis Intervention I (License number: 2013/0987-SP/VP), Riaps, Prague, CZE (54 hrs)
2017 - present Czech Association for Psychotherapy (CAP)
I work under regular supervision.
Therapy is a process based on a collaborative relationship between you, the partner/family members who are coming to therapy with you, and me as your therapist. My aim is to help you clarify what brings you to therapy and set appropriate goals for the changes you want to make in your life. While a therapist has the knowledge and skills to facilitate the therapeutic process, you will make the decisions about what changes you need in your life.
The purpose of therapy is to improve the quality of your relationships and your individual well-being by facilitating a therapeutic process that enables you to explore different options for your life.
Duration and Scope: The length of the therapy process generally depends on the nature of the problem and client´s needs. The specific duration and scope of your therapy will be tailored to your presenting problems and goals established within the first several sessions.
Research indicates that most people who receive therapy benefit from therapy and do better than those who receive no services at all. Possible and potential benefits of therapy include but are not limited to:
Pain relief, symptom reduction.
Improved ability to interact in marital, family and their interpersonal relationships and decreased frequency and intensity of interpersonal conflicts.
Greater understanding of family and personal goals and values.
Improved ability to handle stress and become more resistant to unfavorable life circumstances.
An increased awareness of patterns of personal interaction.
Enhancement of the relationships with significant others.
Increased overall well-being and life satisfaction.
Change in behavior or lifestyle.
While I am optimistic that you will benefit from therapy, I cannot guarantee any particular results or outcomes from therapy.
There are also potential risks associated with therapy: The process of therapy can feel at times as hard, uncomfortable work. This is because the focus of therapy is on painful feelings, experiences, relationships and other life stressors.
The risks associated with therapy include but are not limited to:
Feeling worse before you feel better. This is a natural by-product of talking about or working on problems that may have been avoided in the past. Similarly, practicing new ways of relating to others may feel uncomfortable because they are unfamiliar.
Making decisions that temporarily increase levels of stress or feelings of discomfort that affect you and your relationships.
Therapy can make relationships worse. Research suggests that when one spouse or partner meets alone with a therapist to discuss problems in the relationship, the person in therapy may be helped but the risk of separation in the relationship increases. That is why it is highly recommended for both partners to attend the therapy sessions together.
The risks involved with therapy are temporary but if you feel you are getting worse instead of better, please discuss this with me.
Limitations of services
In case of Emergency: Please note that this is not a crisis or emergency service facility and services are provided by appointment only. I do not maintain on-call or after-hours services. If you are in crisis, especially if you are thinking about hurting yourself or someone else, please call 112 or visit local hospital emergency room as soon as possible (you can refer to contact list bellow).
Alcohol & Drug Abuse /Domestic Violence: Please note that court-ordered domestic violence treatment and formal drug and alcohol treatment both require a specific certified training, which is beyond my training. I can only provide couple and family therapy to address the impact of drugs and alcohol on family relationships.
Adhering to appropriate levels of care when treating Eating Disorders: I reserve the right to discontinue therapy with clients in advanced or life-threatening phases of eating disorders and choose to refer them to higher levels of care and possibly hospitalization, as it was found that talk therapy is not efficient in cases of severe malnourishment. The priority in such cases is shifted to re-feeding and restoring healthy body weight before commencing talk therapy.
Legal Proceedings: If you are seeking therapy to bolster your case in a legal dispute, you may be better served by licensed providers who specialize in court and custody assessments. Please note that I do not provide custody evaluations.
Canadian Medical Care 235-36-01-33; 724-30-03-01 (after-hours emergency)
UNICARE 224-220-040; 608-10-30-50 Emergency; 602-20-10-40 (Emergency English); 608-10-30-40 (Emergency German)
RIAPS Crisis Center: (24 hour psychiatric emergency center; Chlcickeho 39, P-3) 222-580-697 (Crisis line, 24 hours)
BOHNICE Hospital (Prague, Nemocnice Bohnice) a specialized psychiatric hospital with an emergency service, the telephone operators speak Czech only, but some doctors speak English. General operator: 296-569-111; Crisis line 284-016-666
Všeobecná fakultní nemocnice v Praze - VFN (including psychiatric and adictology clinic)
U Nemocnice 1, 128 08 P-2 areál B, pavilon - B1 (budova III. interní kliniky VFN a 1. LF UK) phone: 224-962-928
MOTOL Hospital (Prague, Nemocnice Motol, V Uvalu, 84 P-5)
224-431-111; 234-433-681 (24 hour emergency service, reception for foreigners, very good for emergencies, NO psychiatric department)