BA (Psych) MCounsPsych | PSYCHOLOGIST

Karen Michael is a Specialist Psychologist endorsed by the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) as both a Clinical Psychologist as well as a Counselling Psychologist. Karen’s expertise is drawn from 18 years of experience in both public and private sectors of mental health, working with children, adults, and couples. She is a graduate of both University of Sydney and Macquarie University and for 6 years was a Honorary Associate at the latter, providing training and supervision to postgraduate students.

Karen specialises in Anxiety Disorders (including PTSD and Complex PTSD), Mood Disorders (Depressive and Bipolar types), Personality Disorders, and Adult Relationships. Karen also has strong experience working with eating disorders and substance abuse/misuse, poor self-esteem/confidence, weight management, and parent-child difficulties. Karen also has extensive experience providing care and treatment for individuals under WorkCover.

Karen worked in the area of sexual health (sexuality, sexual identity, gender identity) for 8 years in HIV Medicine, carefully and empathically guiding individuals and couples through complex and overlapping mental and medical issues. She has also spent 5 years training and practicing treatment to motivate and improve intimacy within adult relationships. Karen has a keen interest in psychopharmacology, and the relationship between physical/medical health and psychological health.

Karen has significant experience working very closely with medical and allied health practitioners, including GPs, psychiatrists, social workers, and dieticians/nutritionists. Karen aims to maintain strong and close liaison with professionals throughout the course of treatment for all patients. Furthermore, along with evidence-based practices such as Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical-Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Interpersonal Psycho-Therapy (IPT), Karen has trained in, and practices, Mindfulness and psychodynamic and psychoanalytic approaches to mental health/illness, extending to patients a combined approach of implementing longer-term solutions to managing symptoms by exploring and bringing greater insight into longer-standing patterns of behaviour, as well as identifying the more contemporary maintaining factors and triggers.

Karen aims to tailor the psychological course of treatment to suit each patient’s presenting problem and personality/character. Each patient is carefully guided through a roadmap of sessions – with empathy and warmth and non-judgement – detailing personal experiences, and improving insight/understanding of one’s own obstacles to achieving good, strong mental health for the long-term.

Karen’s fee schedule is flexible, so that that all patients referred to see her are able to discuss what is most financially feasible, in order achieve maximum benefit from the service. As a guide, the fee structure varies from $180 to $220 per session, with Medicare and private health care rebates available, where approved by the referring GP or insurance provider. These rebates can vary from $80-$124.50 per session. Under certain circumstances, patients can also be bulk billed.

To arrange an appointment, or make an enquiry, you can speak with your treating GP, or call Karen directly on 0410-595-332.