About Luciana De MichielI am a fully qualified Professional Counsellor with a passion for helping people and the experience of a varied corporate background. In 2009 I made the conscious decision to put my interests, skills, and experience at the service of others, by specifically training to assist people in distress, to listen and to support them through difficult situations, decision-making and communicating.
My counselling approach is warm and practical, using a combination of different therapeutic styles and techniques, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Gestalt Therapy, tailored to suit my clients and the unique situations they are in.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma in Professional Counselling. I am a Level 1 Member of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and I am registered at the Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (ARCAP). I am fluent in English, Italian and Spanish, and have a good knowledge of French and German. I am currently based in Sydney, Australia.
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Ph: +61 415939205
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Q & A with Luciana De Michiel
What’s the story behind your business?
When I moved to Australia to get married I wasn’t allowed to work for a certain period, while my visa was being processed. I decided to use that time to retrain and to get a qualification for something that I had always been good at: helping others. Now that I look back at my previous experiences and the relationships I have built with people over the years, I can see how counselling had been a natural choice all along.
What was your first job?
Apprentice Mechanic at my parents’ factory in northern Italy. I was 14. Since then I’ve done all sorts of jobs and worked with and for all sorts of people, from cleaners to VIP and diplomats. And I do not value one more than the other. I regard my experience of working in different environments, with people from different cultures and social backgrounds as priceless; and irreplaceable when it comes to learning to understand and empathize with others.
When you decided to start your own business, what was your big “why”?
My friends: many of my girlfriends were struggling with depression, relationship crisis and emotional instability. Some of them were already on medication, and I started to wonder if that could have been avoided, had they received care and support before things went too awry. I wondered if there was something I could do to help them.
What have you had to give up?
All that “me” time that I really never had and hoped to enjoy “when I grew up”. But bringing one nice lady’s smile back makes it all worth it.
Your proudest achievement to date?
The opening of a local drop in center where mothers can come in with their babies and receive free counselling once a week. In life, I can’t but say my three gorgeous children.
What are some of the most exciting projects you’ve worked on?
Setting up and running a language centre for an international event; organising a trip for 3,000 people; refurbishing a 1800’s manor house; excavating a medieval castle in Tuscany and a Roman villa in France… but nothing is as exciting as getting to know another fellow woman, and to learn new ways to help her.
What would you tell your younger self not to do?
Not to compromise when it comes to important things. Even if it means making the same mistakes all over again.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
To surround yourself with people who believe in you and support what you do.
What’s next for you and your business?
I am working together with a naturopath and a wellness expert to develop a new and more holistic type of service, where we integrate health and nutrition advice in the counselling therapy.