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I’ve been working in the field of clinical psychology in the last nearly 15 years, studying, doing diagnostics and treatment, research and teaching. The most important thing that I've learnt from my professional and personal experiences is the endless potential of human development. I'm grateful to my clients for trusting me to accompany them along this way. On this homepage you can read about the methods I use and the most frequent problems I'm familiar with.

If you feel that I can help you, please don't hesitate to contact me.

I can offer you help in case you have:

  • mood disorders
  • anxiety disorders
  • sleep disorders
  • eating disorders
  • problems of social functioning
  • impulsivity
  • personality disorders
  • problems in close relationships
  • stressful life events
  • lack of self-esteem
  • need for more self-reflection

About clinical psychology

Clinical psychologists aim at helping their clients to see their problems clearer. Conversations with a clinical psychologist can support clients in deciding, if it is better to change the circumstances or their own interpretation about a situation. These conversations are completely different to those with friends or family members. Psychologists are not involved in the situation and are consequently not influenced by it. This is how they can help people to keep a distance of their own problems. Psychologist accept their clients as they are and don’t want to change them. From this attitude some new aspects and new interpretations may emerge, which may help overcome or reappraise difficulties.

Last but not least: psychologists are obliged to confidentiality.

Treatment

Clinical psychological treatment is based on a cooperation between client and psychologist, in order to achieve a goal they both agree on (e. g. training social skills, reducing anxiety or improving mood). Clinical psychologists apply evidence-based methods of a range of therapies.

The most applied methods in my practice:

  • psychological tests
  • therapeutic conversation
  • behavioural training
  • cognitive restructuring
  • relaxation

My practice is based on different aspects and methods of the following therapies:

Cognitive behavioural therapy

Cognitive behavioural therapy includes several therapeutic methods and techniques with the aim of a more realistic self- and other-perception of the client, as well as a more effective emotion regulation. The goal of cognitive behaviour therapy is to achieve an optimal change in the behaviour, thinking, emotional reactions, social interactions and physical reactions of the client. The main task of the therapeutic process is to develop such skills that support a more focused and efficient dealing with one's own problems. Cognitive behavioural therapy is a transparent, well-structured, easy-to-follow process where the active co-operation and responsible attitude of the client is highly desirable.

Person-centred therapy

The essence of person centred therapy can probably be best described by this well-known quote: “when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change”. According to the person-centred therapy of Rogers, psychiatric disorders come from an incongruence between our self-concept and our experiences. In other words, if you don’t know yourself and don’t have a realistic view of yourself, you are not in balance and don't feel well. This insecurity can be expressed in form of anxiety or depression or other psychiatric symptoms. However, in an empathic and esteeming therapeutic relationship our in-born developmental potential or our so-called self-actualising tendency can be set afloat. As a result of this natural developmental process, our self-esteem can grow and people may be capable of leading a richer and happier life free of symptoms.

Analytic psychotherapy

Analytic psychotherapy is concentrated on the development and possible disorders of the personality – based on the knowledge of psychoanalysis and the newer trends developed from that. Symptoms and problems of the person can be reduced when conflicts in their background are explored and when the current situation or a current problematic relationship is analysed and reconsidered.

Systemic family therapy

Systemic family therapy is dealing with circular relationships between two or more people. It concentrates not only on the individual, but on the whole system that the individual is part of (a smaller group like the family, group of friends, team at work, etc.). The aim of the therapeutic process is to explore, how the interactions within the system contribute to certain feelings or symptoms in a member and on the other hand, how these feelings and symptoms are affecting the whole system. An intervention in the dysfunctional system can have a healing effect on all its members.

Relaxation

Schultz's autogenic training

This is a relaxation technique consisting of previously determined exercises which can be gradually learned. During the training muscles become relaxed and the veins of the skin surface expand. The person can achieve a relaxed and positive emotional state, coupled with a conscious perception of vegetative functions (breathing, heartbeat, and digestion), a decrease of anxiety and an increase of performance.

Progressive relaxation of Jacobson

In this technique relaxation is achieved by the alternating constriction and relaxation of the muscles. This method also supports an autonomic way of coping with our problems.

About me

Born in Szeged, Hungary.

Family situation: married, mother of two children

Professional experience:

2018- research associate, Department of Psychotherapy and Biopsychosocial Health, Danube University Krems

2018- private practice 

2018 psychotherapy internship, Department of Social Psychiatry, Vienna General Hospital (Allgemeines Krankenhaus Wien)

2014-2018 university assistant, University of Vienna, Faculty of Psychology, Department of Applied Psychology: Health, Development, Enhancement and Intervention

2007-2014 psychologist, later clinical psychologist, Semmelweis University, Department of Clinical Psychology and Treatment Unit, Budapest, Hungary

2006-2007 psychologist, National Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology, Department of Psychotic and Personality Disorders, Budapest, Hungary

2003-2006 psychologist, Psychiatric Outpatient Unit, Monor, Hungary

2003 psychologist, Family Centre, Siófok, Hungary

Education:

2017- advanced part of psychotherapy training, cognitve behavioural therpy (Psychotherapeutisches Fachspezifikum), Österreichische Gesellschaft für Verhaltenstherapie, Wien

2017 basic part of psychotherapy training (psychotherapeutisches Propädeutikum), Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Personenzentrierte Psychotherapie, Gesprächsführung und Supervision, Wien

2016 PhD, mental health sciences, clinical psychology

2008 completed training in clinical psychology (acknowledged by the Ministry of Health in Austria and registration as a chartered clinical psychologist in 2015)

2003 degree in Psychology, Eötvös Loránd University Budapest (acknowledged by the University of Vienna in 2014)

List of publications

Peer-reviewed articles:

Kocsis-Bogár, K., Mészáros, V., & Perczel-Forintos, D. (2018). Gender differences in the relationship of childhood trauma and the course of illness in schizophrenia. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 82, 84-88.

Pietschnig, J., Gittler, J., Stieger, S., Forster, M., Gadek, N., Gartus, A., Kocsis-Bogar, K., Kubicek, B., Lüftenegger, M., Olsen, J., Prem, R., Ruiz, N., Serfas, B. G., & Voracek, M. (2018). Indirect (implicit) and direct (explicit) self-esteem measures are unrelated: A meta-analysis of the Initial Preference Task. Plos One,13, e0202873

Kocsis-Bogár, K., Kotulla, S., Maier, S., Voracek, M., & Hennig-Fast, K. (2017). Cognitive correlates of different mentalizing abilities in individuals with high and low trait schizotypy: findings from an extreme-group design. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 922. 

Kocsis-Bogár, K., Nemes, Zs., & Perczel, Forintos D. (2016). Factorial structure of the Hungarian version of Oxford-Liverpool Inventory of Feelings and Experiences and its applicability on the schizophrenia-schizotypy continuum. Personality and Individual Differences, 90, 130-136.

Kocsis-Bogár, K., & Perczel Forintos, D. (2014). The relevance of traumatic life events in schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Clinical Neuroscience, 67, 301-308.

Miklósi, M., Martos, T., Szabó, M., Kocsis-Bogár, K., & Perczel Forintos, D. (2014). Cognitive emotion regulation and stress: A multiple mediation approach. Translational Neuroscience, 5, 64-71.

Kocsis-Bogár, K., Miklósi, M., & Perczel Forintos, D. (2013). Impact of adverse life events on individuals with low and high schizotypy in a non-patient sample. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 201, 208-215.

Kocsis-Bogár, K., Miklósi, M., & Perczel Forintos, D. (2012). Hungarian version of the Impact of Event Scale. Psychometric Evaluation. (Az Események Hatása Kérdőív magyar változatának pszichometriai vizsgálata.) Psychiatria Hungarica, 27, 245-254. 

Miklósi, M., Martos, T., Kocsis-Bogár, K., Perczel Forintos, D. (2011). Psychometric properties of the Cognitive Emotion Regulation Questionnaire. (A Kognitív Érzelem-Reguláció Kérdőív Magyar változatának pszichometriai jellemzői.) Psychiatria Hungarica, 26, 102-111.

Kocsis-Bogár, K., & Kiss, Zs. (2010). Unusual experiences, unusual logic. A cognitive perspective of hallucinations and delusions. (Különös élmények, különös logika: a hallucinációk és a téveszmék kognitív szemlélete.) Magyar Pszichológiai Szemle, 66, 169-183.

Conference papers:

Kocsis-Bogár, K., Lipp. F., Scheingraber, J., Srownal, C. (2018). Subjective life dissatisfaction in disorganized schizotypy. Poster presentation. 19th Congress of European Psychiatric Association (EPA), Section of Epidemiology and Social Psychiatry, Vienna, Austria, 4-7th April 2018

Kocsis-Bogár, K., Bürger, L., & Hennig-Fast, K. (2017). Schizotypy and childhood trauma as suicidal risk factors in a non-clinical sample. Poster presentation. 6th European Conference on Schizophrenia Research, Berlin, Germany, 14-16th September 2017

Kocsis-Bogár, K., Oppenauer, G., Kotulla, S., & Hennig-Fast, K. (2016). Perception of media characters and social cognition in the schizotypy spectrum. Oral presentation. European Psychiatry Association (EPA) Section Meeting in Epidemiology and Social Psychiatry, Gothenburg, Sweden, 30th November-3rd December 2016

Kocsis-Bogár, K. & Perczel Forintos, D. (2014). Traumatic life events behind psychotic symptoms: results of an empirical study. Oral presentation. (Megrázó életesemények a pszichotikus tünetek hátterében: egy empirikus kutatás eredményei) In: Corpus sanum in mente sana. 8th National Congress of the Hungarian Psychiatric Society, Budapest, Hungary, 22-25th January 2014

Kocsis-Bogár, K., Miklósi, M., & Perczel-Forintos, D. (2013). Adverse life events, intrusions and psychometric schizotypy in a healthy sample. Oral presentation. (A kedvezőtlen életesemények, a szkizotípia vonás és az emlékbetörések összefüggései egészséges mintában.) In: A határtalan elme korlátai. 18th Annual Conference of the Hungarian Psychiatric Society. Győr, Hungary, 23-26th. January 2013

Kocsis-Bogár, K., Perczel-Forintos, D., & Miklósi, M. (2012). Traumatic life events and suicidality in people with schizophrenia. Oral presentation. (Traumatikus életesemények és az öngyilkos magatartás összefüggései szkizofréniával élőknél). Semmelweis University PhD Scientific Days, Budapest, Hungary, 12-13. April 2012

Kocsis-Bogár, K., & Perczel Forintos, D. (2012). Impact of traumatic life events and suicide risk in people with schizophrenia. Poster presentation. 42nd Congress of European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (EABCT), Geneva, 29th August – 1st September 2012.

Miscallenous:

Kocsis-Bogár, K. (2010). Magical connection with the objects: a behavioural diagnostic report of a patient with obsessive-compulsive disorder. (Mágikus kapcsolat a tárgyakkal: egy kényszerbeteg nő esetének leírása) In: Perczel-Forintos, D. (ed.) Higgyünk a szemünknek! Kognitív visekedésterápiás esettanulmányok. Budapest: ELTE Eötvös Edition, 2010, 77-90.


CONTACT

CONSULTING ROOM:

1140 Wien Serravagasse 6/2

Consulting hours: Wednesday and Thursday

APPOINTMENTS:

TEL: +43 660 4846455 

e-mail: psychologiekocsis@gmail.com

The first appointment is free of cost.