About Dagmar Marek
Clinical Member of AAFT,
Australian Association of Family Therapy
Accredited Practitioner of EMDRAA (EMDR Association of Australia)
M.A.C.A (Level 4)
ACA College of Family Therapy
ACA College of Alcohol & Other Drugs
Dagmar was born in Germany and lived her early years in Hamburg. She lived in Europe and Africa before moving to Australia in 1995. Dagmar’s diverse and expansive life experiences influenced her choice in becoming a counsellor in 2005.
Dagmar’s qualifications and achievements include the Diploma of Counselling & Communication, Masters of Social Science (Family Therapy) Swinburne University & Williams Road Family Therapy Centre, Accreditation as Clinical Drug Assessor (Department of Health), Certificate IV in Alcohol & Other Drug Work, Mental Health First Aid, and Membership of Golden Key International Honour Society (for academic excellence).
Dagmar has worked for 10 years in the community sector, working with adolescents and adults from all different cultural and social economic backgrounds. Dagmar has worked extensively with substance and alcohol misuse and addictions, provided crisis intervention, case management, mental health and longer term therapeutic counselling and therapy. Dagmar works in private practice, facilitates group therapy in hospital settings, and is an occasional guest lecturer at University.
- To help and support children & adolescents to thrive and grow into responsible, independent people.
- To strengthen individuals.
- To build stronger families and capable communities.
Dagmar provides support, counselling and therapy for Individuals, Couples and Families who experience:
- Mental Health Issues and Mental Illness
- Addictions and Substance Abuse (including prescription medications)
- Domestic Violence
- Grief and Loss
- Life Transitions
- Personal Development (including self-esteem, values, and beliefs)
How I Work
Dagmar’s approach when working with clients utilises a wide range of therapeutic approaches, which are supported by clinical research. Dagmar’s work is grounded in systemic Family Therapy approaches, Attachment and Trauma, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing.
Dagmar has developed her own style and implements different techniques that are individually tailored to the personality and needs of each client. Her stance of curiosity and acceptance makes it possible to provide a confidential and safe environment free from blame, judgement, and criticism which enables clients to feel safe to address the issues impacting on their lives.
In addition, Dagmar is a trained EMDR therapist. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy is a type of psychotherapy that assists people in working through difficult emotions that have arisen in lieu of traumatic life events.
EMDR therapy is around for over 30 years and is a recommended therapy by the World Health Organisation (WHO, 2013) for the management of conditions that are related to stress. EMDR therapy and CBT trauma focused therapy are the only psychotherapies recommended for children, adolescents and adults with PTSD.
While EMDR therapy was originally developed for PTSD, researches continuing to support its use for a variety of psychological issues. PTSD is often associated with war but also includes trauma from car accidents, child abuse, family violence, medical interventions and natural disasters. Other traumatic events that may be affectively processed with EMDR may include difficult life events related to loss, humiliation, rejection, criticism, exclusion, or other distressing moments.
Groups: Group therapy and education can be provided on request.
Individual therapy (sometimes called “psychotherapy” or “counseling”) is a process through which clients work one-on-one with a trained therapist — in a safe, caring, and confidential environment — to explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors, work through challenging or influential memories, identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, better understand themselves and others, set personal goals, and work toward desired change.
Relationship counseling is the process of counseling the parties of a human relationship in an effort to recognize, and to better manage or reconcile, troublesome differences and repeating patterns of stress upon the relationship. The relationship involved may be between members of a family or a couple (see also family therapy), employees or employers in a workplace, or between a professional and a client.
Family therapy is a branch of psychotherapy that works with families and couples in intimate relationships to nurture change and development. It tends to view change in terms of the systems of interaction between family members. It emphasizes family relationships as an important factor in psychological health.
The different schools of family therapy have in common a belief that, regardless of the origin of the problem, and regardless of whether the clients consider it an “individual” or “family” issue, involving families in solutions often benefits clients. This involvement of families is commonly accomplished by their direct participation in the therapy session. The skills of the family therapist thus include the ability to influence conversations in a way that catalyses the strengths, wisdom, and support of the wider system.
Group therapy provides psychotherapy treatment in a format where there is typically one therapist and six to twelve participants with related problems. Sometimes a therapist may recommend group therapy over individual psychotherapy for a variety of reasons. It may be that the group format is better suited for the person or the concern they are dealing with, or that the specific type of treatment has a group therapy component (such as dialectical behavior therapy).
People in group therapy improve not only from the interventions of the therapist, but also from observing others in the group and receiving feedback from group members. The group format, while not providing the one-on-one attention of individual formats, has several advantages.
Similar to family therapy, group therapy is a style that can incorporate any of the psychotherapy schools. The advantages of group therapy include:
- Increased feedback
Group therapy can provide the patient with feedback from other people. Getting different perspectives is often helpful in promoting growth and change.
By seeing how others handle similar problems, the patient can rapidly add new coping methods to his or her behaviors. This is beneficial in that it can give the patient a variety of perspectives on what seem to work and when.
- Less expensive
By treating several patients simultaneously, the therapist can reduce the usual fee. In most cases the cost of group therapy is about one-third that of individual therapy.
- Improve social skills
Since so much of our daily interaction is with other people, many people learn to improve their social skills in group therapy (even though such an issue may not be the focus of the group). The group leader, a therapist, often helps people to learn to communicate more clearly and effectively with one another in the group context. This is inevitably leads to people learning new social skills which they can generalize and use in all of their relationships with others.
Dagmar welcomes a phone conversation before commencing therapy to assess your needs and suitability of her service.
Counselling and Therapy for Individual and Families:
50 min appointments $150 (concession available)
Full fees apply with or without a GP referral. Some private health funds offer rebates to registered Counsellors/Family Therapists.
Dagmar is currently based in Moorabbin and Beaumaris 6 days per week, only by appointment. On request home visits are an option for additional cost.
Tuesday – 1:00pm to 9:00pm
Wednesday – 1:00pm to 9:00pm
Thursday – 10:00am to 7:00pm
Friday – 10.30am to 2:00pm
Saturday (on request) – 9:00am to 1:00pm