40 years old, married, playful existentialist and a psychology geek with lots of interests (mostly distance running and arts).
Regarding education, after obtaining master's degree from psychology (single-subject, 5 years) I kept calm and carried on to doctoral studies (single-subject, 5 years). At the Institute of Psychology (Czech Academy of Sciences), we were awarded two research grants by Czech Science Foundation (topic: personality traits and "brain games"). This research led to my cooperation with Mensa ČR and resulted in new children's IQ test and a counseling center for gifted children. Since 2008, I have been participating in teaching psychology at Masaryk University each semester.
I have gained experience during my studies as a volunteer in public foster care homes, later as a school psychologist and in penitentiary care. In 2008 I enrolled to a five-year psychotherapeutic training in gestalt therapy, which benefitted me greatly both professionally and personally. At present, besides the seventh year of my private practice, I enjoy educating myself both on my own and at professional events (e.g. annual two-week meeting of gestalt psychotherapist from all over the world, organized by the Los Angeles Institute of G.A.T.L.A.).
I'm a member of several professional organizations (Czech Association for Psychotherapy, Czech-Moravian Psychological Society, American Psychological Association). My supervisor is Paul L. Plakos, M.A., MFT.
Personally, I consider psychotherapy one of the best things I've known. It is a vocation, difficult at times, but also deeply rewarding. In my training experience as a client, it helped me to know myself better, and to experience warm and stable relationship, which allowed me to restore the best in me. I cherish the possibility to pass this experience on to others.