Master of Clinical Psychology – RMIT University
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) – Deakin University
Michael’s approach to therapy starts and ends with what you are hoping to get out of the experience. Through an ongoing discussion, Michael aims to understand how you wish to navigate your life more effectively. You will then work to develop greater insight into the nature of your challenges, and practice skills that will help you move towards your goals and values. Through this process, the aim is to lower your distress and improve your ability to function in difficult situations, instead of focusing on diagnostic labels.
Michael is warm and measured in his approach to therapy and believes strongly that no skill or tool will ever be as important as creating a good rapport and a safe environment for you to feel free to express yourself in. He has experience using a range of therapeutic styles (such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy) and integrates these based on your experiences during therapy, and the types of challenges you are facing. Because of this, Michael will openly discuss his therapy plan with you and structure his approach around what is (and isn’t) working for you.
Michael has worked with people from a range of backgrounds and across the span of mental health challenges. He works with adults and young people aged 16+ and also has experience working with LGBTQIA+ people.
Michael enjoys working with adolescents and adults experiencing:
Challenges in early adulthood, particularly around issues of identity, values, life transitions, and healthy adult relationships.
Depression, anxiety, and related concerns.
ADHD or experiencing ADHD-like symptoms.
Challenges around self-compassion, self-esteem, and acceptance.
A desire to understand themselves better and work on finding new ways to navigate their challenges.
Other Professional Interests
Michael Susman (ABN 62 630 121 297) is an independent psychologist practicing for the clients of Melbourne Psychology and Counselling.