My name is Raphailia Michael (Ραφαηλία Μιχαήλ) and I am a licensed Counseling Psychologist.
Ever since I remember myself nothing interested me more than people’s emotional world, way of thinking, experience, struggles and path in life. Despite all the differences, there is one thing we all have in common: the capacity to lead fulfilling lives. Being a qualified psychologist today, my goal is to help my clients through this journey.
Having completed my bachelor’s degree (BA) in Psychology in University of Cyprus, I moved to the Netherlands where I received my master’s (MA) in Psychology with an Emphasis in Counseling Psychology from Webster University in Leiden. Over the years of my training and in the year that followed my master’s completion, I worked extensively with adults of all ages and different backgrounds, offering psychotherapy for a range of problems and symptoms, individually as well as in groups.
Throughout the years, I was also largely involved in research projects (in the areas of child psychopathology, forensic psychology and health care) as research associate, acquiring extensive experience particularly in psycho-physiological methods. I was, as well, involved in NGOs and Associations that promote mental health, children’s welfare and support for domestic violence.
Since 2016 I am a practitioner psychologist based in Cyprus. In my office, located in Limassol, I offer psychotherapy, couples counseling and skills groups to locals and internationals. At the same time, I work extensively with individuals from all over the world providing Psychotherapy and Counseling services online.
Beside from my practice, I have been involved in the areas of recruitment and communication/personal development training.
I am committed to continuous professional development (CPD) thus I regularly attend conferences and trainings, while I maintain inter- and intradisciplinary professional relationships.
We all want to live fulfilling lives. We all deserve so and, although life throws us many challenges, we all are able to. Living positively is one of the main values I personally live by, and what I aspire to help my clients achieve through their unique journey in therapy.
To live positive is not about a life without difficulties, obstacles, pain, ups and downs, or any such unrealistic expectations. Challenges are part of life and the meaning is not to be found in avoiding or not having to address the but rather in dealing with them.
You can’t stop the waves but you can learn how to surf, as the saying goes. Living positively is a journey through life.
It is about finding our strength; Accessing our inner resources to deal with whatever comes our way; Learning to accept life for what it is and how to keep a positive perspective on it even in tough times; Growing through mistakes made, bad events, bad periods in life; Keeping an active attitude in life and not giving up trying; Accepting the past, doing our best in the present, and being hopeful for the future; Embracing our true selves; Finding happiness within us.
It is not always an easy journey; I can assure you it’s worth it.