Patricia Michalka is a counsellor, relationship and family therapist, psychotherapist and author.
She has presented seminars and addressed national and international conferences and consulted to some of Australia’s largest companies.
Patricia brings to her work a synthesis of learning, a wisdom warmth and compassion, which has been etched from life experience and the courage and sense of humour to enter life and to share it with others.
Imago Relationship Therapy
Patricia has many years of clinical experience working as a certified Imago Relationship Therapist as well as membership with the Association of Imago Relationship Therapy in the USA and Australia (see Imago Relationship Therapy).
Her approach is gentle yet powerful, helping couples create safety with each other.
She knows the value of a place free from criticism, where there is a space to be listened to, heard and validated. She facilitates a way for couples to talk to each other and get to root causes rather than going round in circles covering the same ground.
Life Coach and Mentor
Patricia has been my mentor and life trainer for many years. Through Patricia’s knowledge, wisdom, compassion and communication skills, my daily life has been deeply enriched and she has facilitated the essence of my being. Patricia has provided me with the tools required to succeed in my business. She has also shone light that has given me insight to enhance my relationships with family, friends and associates. My gratitude is infinite.
Sally Pearse, Architect, Perth
Patricia is an experienced Psychodramatist and group therapist. She was one of Australia’s first trainees and graduates with Dr Max Clayton and Lynette Clayton who introduced and developed Psychodrama in Australia and New Zealand. She is registered as an Associate Director of Psychodrama and is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Psychodrama Association.
Personal and Professional Development
After establishing a family, Patricia began a process of personal growth and professional development in 1974.
She sought out and trained with leaders in the field in order to develop the most effective therapeutic interventions to bring about lasting change and development.
Over a period of 12 years, her areas of training have included the following:
- Imago Relationship Therapy
- Individual Counselling
- Neuro Linguistic Programming
- Jungian Analysis
- Parent Effectiveness Training
- Voice Dialogue
- Marriage Counselling
- Transactional Analysis
- Relationship Counselling
Patricia travelled to the USA in 1986 with Perth medical specialist Dr Margaret Smith, and began what was to become a lifelong friendship and collaboration with eminent Psychiatrist, author and founder of Attitudinal Healing, (AH), Dr Jerry Jampolsky and his wife, Dr Diane Cirincione.
After organising the USA doctors’ successful Australian seminar tour, Patricia and her husband Donatus established The WA Centre for Attitudinal Healing (CFAH), whose purpose is to offer support and education and peace of mind to people in distress. She was foundation Secretary and then for many years, Clinical Coordinator.
She says that the greatest gift AH has given her is “to intrinsically know and value the gift to myself that service gives”.
In her capacity as volunteer Clinical Coordinator between 1990-1995, Patricia was responsible for CFAH’s community programs.
This involved recruiting, training, supporting and supervising the Centre’s 100 volunteers and the design and delivery of 14 different community education and support programmes, servicing approximately 400 people a week.
In 1992, the USA based Fetzer Institute honoured the Centre with its US$15000 award for CFAH s residential “Healing Family Relationships”.
Patricia has a special interest in women’s health. For 20 years, she has collaborated and worked with her friend and colleague, Dr Margaret Smith (obstetrician and gynaecologist now retired).
Their popular women’s relationship and medical health seminars have been presented in Perth and throughout WA.
Together they have co authored “Is it me or my hormones”. This widely acclaimed book asks and answers the question posed by most women who are experiencing the emotional and physical changes of menopause.
Many talk about holistic” approaches to medicine-but few manage to do it. Here is a book on menopause that truly examines the mind, body and spirit…I particularly enjoyed the chapter on forgiveness. Margaret and Patricia are to be congratulated for producing such a helpful book.
Associate Professor John Eden, Director of the Sydney Menopause Centre, Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney.
Focus and Approach
Patricia’s focus is on enabling a shift in perception that overarches all her work with both men and women. It helps people to see differently, to follow their dreams and to achieve success happiness and freedom. With this focus and through the use of practical tools, she empowers people to experience peace of mind, regardless of what is happening in their life, moving from separation to connection and from fear to love.
Patricia has been married to Donatus for more than 35 years. They have raised and are proud parents of, a blended family of four wonderful children and delight in their four grandchildren.
Patricia has helped both my husband and myself in so many ways. When we came we were ready to split, she helped change it around. Patricia has helped us to have a meaningful and rewarding relationship with each other and our children.
Patricia has an amazing gift and talent in helping us to understand more about ourselves and others. I feel very grateful to her for how much she has helped me change my life around.
Her approach and understanding made it very comfortable and safe to be able to work through difficulties.
Roberta Riley, Business Woman
I would just like to thank Patricia for the help you have given us, as a couple, and changing our lives. Helping save our relationship and helping us to find love and appreciation for each other, we now have 2 beautiful children. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Joe Razo, South Fremantle
Patricia is a gifted relationship technician, an important part in assisting and ensuring a strong and stable relationship with your spouse and understanding family dynamics, helping us to develop a full and happy life.
Simone & Leon, Mosman Park
I have been seeing Patricia for a number of years, both for individual sessions and as part of group. Patricia has so much compassion and love for the people that surround her – family, friends and clients. She has a unique and wonderful way of getting us to understand why we feel like we do, to see situations in a new light and make positive changes for the benefit of our own relationships and lives.
Bec, Mt Lawley
Patricia was a miracle worker for me.
I came to see Patricia because my wife had just given me the marching orders, she was over it. I really didn’t was to lose her but I didn’t know what to do. Why was I working my guts out all these years for nothing? No matter how hard I tried it was never good enough, my wife was never happy. She said she felt she had brought the kids up by herself and I didn’t even know them.
Patricia helped me see what was happening and why my wife was so upset. She helped to change my thinking and to look at my family, my job and myself in a different way – in a way I never thought was possible.
My wife and I had sessions together which helped us feel safe and start to trust each other again. We are now closer that we have ever been after 15 years of marriage.
Thank you, thank you.
Rob Coombes, Applecross