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Marina Vicanović has a master degree in psychology, obtained in Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad, and PhD in Culture studies, obtained in Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade. She owns a Serbian certificate in psychotherapy in transactional analysis, issued by TA Centar and Sebian Union of Associations for Psychotherapy.
Marina has fifteen years of experience in working with adults, adolescents, children and their parents; and she has worked with a wide variety of clients’ issues so far: different life crises, traumatic events, anxiety and depression, conflicts and assertive communication, bullying, self destructive behaviours and self-harming, borderline personality, unusual experiences (e. g. hearing voices) etc.
As a psychotherapist, she works mainly with adults and adolescents.
She uses English language professionally and is available for counselling and psychotherapy in both English and Serbian.
Marina believes that everyone functions in the best way he or she can, and that every behaviour can be explained by circumstances which led to it, and therefore that every dysfunctional behaviour can be overcome. Client as an individual can be well understood only if perceived within the context of his or her environment, i. e. family, society and systems in which he or she grows, develops and lives every day. Marina believes that it takes courage to begin psychotherapy and that it is an important step in one’s life; and both client and therapist share responsibility for that process.
Among Marina’s many additional professional trainings in counselling and psychodiagnostics are:
- basic and advanced training in cognitive behavioural therapy,
- “Self-harming in adolescents” and “Working with suicidal clients from DBT perspective”,
- “Hearing voices“ – working with people who hear voices and/or have other types of unusual experiences,
- “Human trafficking and psychotherapy“,
- “Psychology of lying “,
- “Assertiveness training“.
Marina translates professional psychological literature from English to Serbian in cooperation with publishing company “Clio” from Belgrade. Several books with her translation have been published so far:
- “Righteous Mind” by Jonathan Haidt,
- “Reclaiming Conversation” by Sherry Turkle,
- “Sources of Suffering” by Salman Akhtar,
- “Good Stuff” by Salman Akhtar,
- “Motivating Students to Learn” by Jere Brophy,
- “Psychology in Education”, vol. I & II by A. Woolfolk et al.
Marina is actively participating in professional conferences, and had presented papers and held workshops in Congresses of Psychotherapists in Serbia. She also researches a wider cultural context and focuses on connecting cultural, sociological, ethnological and mythological aspects with the psychology of individuals and societies, and has published several papers on these topics in scientific publications.