Working with people has always fascinated me -I like to communicate and find it important to broaden your horizon-therefore I studied first Cultural and Social Anthropology and was occupied in various human rights organizations. A formation as an Art Therapist followed: in this function I worked 3 years at the St. Anna Children’s Hospital/Oncology. In addition, I accompanied children and teenagers in the children’s Atelier Vienna and in my own studio, where I offered creative courses and “painting against stress” for adults.
I followed then a Psychotherapy Training (Integrative Psychotherapy, Donau-Uni Krems): Integrative therapy particularly emphasizes the importance of creativity – in my master thesis I dealt with “Resource work with creative media in the Integrative Therapy“.
I have been registered in the list of the BM as a psychotherapist in 2012 and have since been working in my own practice.
Personally, since my youth, I have been painting and sculpturing, did also jewelry and ceramics (see Artwork-link). I was able to share this experiences in the project “working space” of Caritas with long-term unemployed migrants, where I made handicrafts from recycled material together with the participants.
My first experience with psychiatric patients I made working with the association BIKU-Treff. Later I worked in the “House of Mercy” as a psychotherapist, being responsible for the departments of geriatric psychiatry.
Due to numerous stays abroad and my socialization as a daughter of a croatian refugee in Austria, my work has always an intercultural perspective: Living together with a partner from a different culture, learning a new language or feeling not-being-understood: Many of these experiences open up new paths or opportunities but are often also the cause of fears, conflicts, problems and failure. My cooperation with “Hemayat”(Association for extremely traumatized refugees) and additional training in Traumatherapy at the ZAP (Center for Applied psychotraumatology) were important milestones in my therapeutic activity.
I also offer therapy in English and Spanish.
Article: Art therapy with extremely traumatized refugees In: Images of torture. Hemayat: 15 years of work with traumatized Flüchtlingen.
… and finally, the sense of humor is very important to me! 😊