I am passionate about relationships. Relationships with our loved ones, with nature, with the arts, with colleagues and with ourselves. Over my 19 years working as a psychologist I have seen the profound impact healthy and unhealthy relationships can have on us. In the second half of my career, working predominantly with couples and individuals wanting help with their relationships, I have seen how much growing and healing can happen through healthy romantic relationships. That is why I believe that if we can teach people to relationship better we can have a ripple effect of healing, growing and joy.
I find it a great privilege that people come in to see me every day and share their biggest secrets, worries, hurts and triumphs. I make it a priority to create a safe and non-judgemental environment. I have had training in a variety of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Imago Therapy, training from the Gottman Institute etc. If none of this makes sense to you, it basically means that I will find a style to work with you that works for you. The work we do at Better Together Relationships is educational so there will be some teaching and collaboration.
When I’m not working in my practice I enjoy being outdoors at the beach or hiking. I am obsessed with yoga and always trying to be disciplined with my meditation practice. I love travelling and have been to 32 countries but it never feels enough.
Relationships and their profound impact on individuals lives is my passion in life. Reading, researching and furthering my knowledge on the topic has been my favourite thing to do for as long as I can remember.
My focus as a therapist is prevention. I want to de-stigmatise therapy as a daunting experience and instead turn it into a building block which supports couples and individuals in implementing strategies to build and create strong and positively functioning life long relationships.
I have spent 9 years running my personal training business. As a result of this I am a strong believer that physical and mental health go hand in hand. This has had a direct influence on my holistic view on therapy which I use to support my clients in an empathetic and practical manner.
It is truely an honor for me to provide the tools for people grow and connect and then witness the domino effect this has on their lives. I utilise varying approaches during therapy including techniques from Gottman, Emotional Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I’m a big believer in incorporating psychological techniques in to your life in ways you find enjoyable and accessible to create maintainable positive changes.
When I’m not working as a therapist I enjoy time with my large, tight-knit family, practicing Muay Thai and I can never get enough of being out in nature!
Michaela is currently on leave and will be taking new clients in 2024.