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Mr Michael Grunwald

Mr Michael Grunwald

Mobile 0414 400 508
Psychologist, Counsellor

Therapeutic Axis

Mobile 0414 400 508

Life is a constant work in progress - and sometimes we just need a little outside help. This may be to manage transitions, get things back on track after major or minor disruptions to your 'normal' life or find your way back out of a meaningless, anxious or conflicted situation. On the other hand, you might feel like your life has never been 'normal' and are seeking a new direction.

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • 125 St Johns Road, Glebe, Sydney NSW 2037 0414 400 508 PHONE 0414 400 508

Services

  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Group Therapy, Coaching / Mentoring, Workshops / Courses, Home Visits 
  • My counselling skills are based on a unique constellation of formal training in Psychology, Counselling and Mediation (ADR), combined with further training in family & relationship counselling, Narrative Therapy, CBT and EMDR, in addition to a wealth of life experience. My work with clients is also strongly influenced by the writings and practice of experiential and systemic Bowen family therapists, i.e. approaches that provide an opportunity to re-examine, reinterpret and reframe life’s experiences in the present moment, assisting you to live life differently, now and in the future.
    I am also able to write reports for official purposes if required.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Addiction, Adoption / Foster Care, Alcohol / Drug Dependency, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Communication Issues, Cultural Issues, Depression, Divorce / Separation, Existential Issues, Family / Parenting, Gambling, Grief / Bereavement, Intimacy Issues, Men's Issues, Migrant Issues, Workplace Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    CBT, EMDR, Existential, Interpersonal, Marriage and Family, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Person Centred

    As an older therapist, I bring decades of life experience into his counselling in Glebe, with personal experience of many of the challenges facing his clients, such as trauma, grief and loss, sex and relationship issues, workplace stress and bullying, adoption, culture shock, repatriation, parenting, hoarding and the pressure of being both a domestic and international student. Michael is a long-time resident of Glebe, but has previously lived in country NSW, NZ and Germany.
    Whilst primarily person-centred and strength-based in my approach to therapy, I am also trained and experienced in Narrative Therapy, Existential Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Family and Relationship Counselling and EMDR.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • B.A. (Hons) - 1982 - Sydney University
    • Dipl. Psych. (MA equivalent) - 1996 - Osnabrueck University, FRG
    • Grad. Cert. Counselling - 2014 - Jansen Newman Institute

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Psychological Society

    Quality Provision

    I participate in regular group supervision with Dr. Alison Strasser (Centre for Existential Practice), peer supervision with the APS Marrickville group and attend EMDR regional group network meetings. I have also attended and participated in a wide range of professional development workshops and conferences, many of which have had a particular focus on childhood trauma, such as those presented by Dr. Bruce Perry. I am also actively involved in the adoption community.

    Background

    I am a Registered Psychologist (No. PSY0001070032) and have been providing counselling to individual clients under Medicare’s Better Access to Mental Health program at Therapeutic Axis in Glebe for the past three years. I am currently undertaking a Master’s degree in Counselling & Applied Psychology on campus part-time at JNI in Sydney. I am experienced in working with a wide range of common adult mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, stress, adjustment and obsessive compulsive disorders as well as various addictions (alcohol, drug, gambling, sex, internet), recovery, traumatic stress and bullying.

    Appointments

    Appointments are available on most days - including Saturday morning - and are generally 60 minutes in length.
    Please call me personally on 0414 400 508 or staff at Therapeutic Axis (02 9692 9788) to make an appointment.

    Transport and Parking

    Bus: 470 route stops outside the front door or it is a short walk from bus stops on Glebe Point Road (cnr St Johns Rd) or Parramatta Road (Sydney University).
    Car: Timed street parking is available on St Johns Road and adjacent streets.

    Fees

    Fees range from fully bulk billed up to $150 if services require report writing or similar.

    Payment Options

    You are able to pay by VISA/Mastercard/cash and/or utilise the Medicare rebate under a Mental Health Plan from your doctor. These can all be processed in our office.

    Languages

  • English
  • German


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    10 Questions with Michael Grunwald

    • What led you to choose psychotherapy or counselling as a profession?

    • I studied General Psychology in my undergraduate degree, specialising later in Work & Organisational Psychology during my time abroad, with a real focus on Cross-Cultural Psychology. However, my interest and passion for counselling/psychotherapy emerged from our family's decision to adopt a baby girl from China and I began to prepare for dealing with the trauma experience she would bring with her into our lives. This inevitably led me to also examine my own family of origin and attachment history.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • Whilst primarily person-centred and strength-based in my approach to therapy, I am is also trained in and incorporate elements of Narrative Therapy, Existential Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Family and Relationship Counselling and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). I have a good understanding of the psychobiological foundations underlying our thoughts, emotions and behaviours, often providing clients with simple yet effective methods for reducing acute symptoms, modifying ways of thinking and developing more functional behaviours. My counselling and therapy approach focuses on harnessing clients’ proven strengths, abilities, knowledge, skills and motivation as a platform for discovering new directions and meaning in their lives.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • I would like to think that my clients feel that some form of 'progress' has been made from the very first session. As a person-centred, strengths-based practitioner I am a strong believer in the power of the client-counsellor relationship, i.e. the client's experience of being truly heard and rediscovering hope that their life and well-being will improve.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • The ability to help people feel better, often by simply being there for them - listening, supporting and normalising there psychological distress can be incredibly comforting and soothing. This in turn allows them to examine the situation, themselves, significant others and their options with greater clarity and emotional stability in order to make life-changing decisions - that might actually involve only small changes in the way they think, act or feel.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • I don't think I have 'bad hair days' (I don't have enough of it anymore), but I certainly believe in the concept of optimal and suboptimal client-counsellor fit. I think that it is important for either or both parties to recognise if the match just doesn't feel right, be it due to transference, modality, skill or personality issues. In such cases the client should be referred to someone else. The same applies if a client is not seeing the progress they seek and a discussion with their therapist does not result in the desired change.
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • Global warming and our inability to motivate decision-makers to take appropriate action with a long-term outlook, regardless of the exact cause of the problem.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • 'The Brain that Changes Itself' by Norman Doidge as it provides clear proof that under the right circumstances each of us can harness our brain's plasticity to change the way our brain and mind operate and hence the way we are in the world.
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    Mr Michael Grunwald

    Michael Grunwald

    Psychologist, Counsellor

    Life is a constant work in progress - and sometimes we just need a little outside help. This may be to manage transitions, get things back on track after major or minor disruptions to your 'normal' life or find your way back out of a meaningless, anxious or conflicted situation. On the other hand, you might feel like your life has never been 'normal' and are seeking a new direction. ...

    • Glebe
    • CBT, EMDR, Existential, Interpersonal, Marriage and Family, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Person Centred