Michael Kelber, M.A.

Psychotherapist in Training under Supervision - Humanistic Psychotherapy (Person-centered Psychotherapy, FORUM - A)
Person-centered Psychotherapy (GWG - D)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (AVM - A), in training
Emotion-Focused Therapy (DeGEFT - D), in training
Humanistic Psychotherapy (AGHPT - D)



I have been working as a Psychotherapist in Training under Supervision in Vienna since May 2023. After having finished my psychotherapy training in Germany, I wanted to further develop my scientific and occupational skills, which is why I decided to enlist for postgradual studies in Vienna. At MedUni Wien, I am researching ways of facilitating deeper self-explorations for clients.

I have always been interested in thinking about psychotherapeutic challenges and how methods and techniques can be developed further. Many people consider therapy a last bastion of hope. That in itself brings about high responibilities in the job. Science-based approaches as well as constant evaluation are important. I regularly undergo supervision and further trainings. LGBT- and intercultural sensitivity are self-evident. Please, see the major steps of my professional development in the following segments:

Professional Experience

  • since May 2023: Psychotherapist in Training under Supervision in private practice in Vienna
  • 2016 - 2023: Counsellor and Therapist in private practice (non-medical practitioner) in Berlin
  • 2015 - 2022: Counsellor in the educational field in Berlin-Pankow

University Studies

  • since October 2023: Master studies (MA) in Person-centered Psychotherapy at Universität Wien
  • since October 2022: Master studies (MSc) in Psychotherapy Research at MedUni Wien

Practical and Theoretical Training

  • since March 2023: Psychotherapy "Fachspezifikum" as second part of the Austrian psychotherapy training at FORUM and work in private practice as Psychotherapist in Training under Supervision, Vienna
  • 2021 - 2023: Psychotherapy "Propädeutikum" as the first part of the Austrian psychotherapy training at Verein für Personzentriertes Lernen (VPL), Wien
  • 2017 - 2021: Four-year training in Person-centered Psychotherapy with the Society for Scientific Person-centered Counselling and Psychotherapy in Germany (GWG, Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Luderer)
  • 2015 - 2017: Three-year training as Person-centered Counsellor with the Society for Scientific Person-centered Counselling and Psychotherapy (GWG, Dr. Peter Tossmann)
  • 2012 - 2015: Training as Non-medical Practitioner of Psychotherapy registered with the Health Authority Saarbrücken, Saar

Additional Further Trainings

  • since May 2023: Training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with the Austrian Federation for Behavioural Modification (AVM), Vienna
  • since May 2023: Additional Training in Emotion-Focused Therapy with the German Council for Emotion-Focused Therapy (DeGEFT), Berlin
  • 2020 - 2021: Two-year training in Humanistic Psychotherapy with the German Federation for Humanistic Psychotherapy (AGHPT)


  • April 2024: DPGG-Convention “Forum Person-Centered Psychotherapy – The Pain Compass and Further Markers through the Process of Emotion-Focused Therapy“, Hamburg
  • April 2024: SPR-Convention “Methods Workshop of the Society for Psychotherapy Research”, Valencia
  • June 2023: GWG-Convention „Integrating Stressful Life Events: Person-centered Answers to Trauma and Crises”, Mainz
  • April 2023: DPGG-Convention “Forum Person-Centered Psychotherapy – About the Future of Person-Centered Psychotherapy“, Hamburg
  • June 2021: GWG-Convention “The Personal Encounter as a Common Factor – the Person-Centered Approach Today”, online
  • June 2014: Convention of the Berlin Chamber of Psychotherapists „Reform of Psychotherapy Training: Ways – Risks – Side Effects“, Berlin

Additional One- to Three-day Trainings

  • 2024: Current Person Centered Topics (FORUM)
  • 2022: Personality Disorders according to ICD-11 (Prof. Dr. Peter Fiedler, AVM)
  • 2021: Competence in Mental Health Diagnoses and Treatment: Addiction Disorders and Substance Abuse, Personality Disorders, Impulse Disorders (Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Luderer, IGB)
  • 2021: Competence in Mental Health Diagnoses and Treatment: Psychotropic Modes of Treatment, ADHD, Addiction, Neurocognitive Disorders (Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Luderer, IGB)
  • 2021: The Basics of Psychological Evaluation (Martin Aßmann, MA, Hogrefe)
  • 2020: Diagnostics of Psychological and Psychiatric Diseases with SCID-5-CV/-PD (Dr. Katrin Bruchmüller, Hogrefe)
  • 2020: Helpful Encounters in Extreme Moments - Support in Emergency and Acute Situations of Crisis (Dipl-Psych. Florian Stoeck, GWG)
  • 2020: Professional and Vocational Regulations in the Field of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Dr. iur. Annette Oberhauser, GWG)
  • 2020: Competence in Mental Health Diagnoses and Treatment: Anxiety Disorders, Compulsive Disorders, Stress-Disorders and Trauma, Dissociation, Sexual Disorders (Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Luderer, IGB)
  • 2020: Person-centered Couples Therapy (MAS Renata Fuchs, APG-IPS, Austria)
  • 2020: Authentic Encounters and Counselling in Cyberspace (Dr. Gisela Steenbuck, GWG)
  • 2020: Competence in Mental Health Diagnoses and Treatment: Schizophrenia, Psychoses and Affective Disorders (Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Luderer, IGB)
  • 2017: Combining the Person-centered Approach and System Theory (Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kriz, GWG)
  • 2017: Person-centered Couples and Family Therapy (Dr. Charles O'Leary, GWG)
  • 2017: Ressource-oriented Person-centered Couples Therapy (Dipl-Päd. Lisa Große-Runge, GWG)
  • 2015: Person-centered Couples Therapy (Prof. Dr. Anna Auckenthaler, GWG)


  • 09/2023: Internship in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) at SHG-Hospital for Psychiatry und Psychotherapy, Saarbrücken
  • 08 - 10/2014: Internship at Hedwigshöhe Hospital for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic Treatment, Berlin
  • 08 - 10/2013: Internship at SHG-Hospitals for Child and Teenage Psychiatric and Psychotherapeutic Treatment, Merzig, Saar


  • Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR) - European Chapter
  • Arbeitsgemeinschaft Personzentrierte Psychotherapie, Gesprächsführung und Supervision - FORUM/Austrian Federation for Person-centered Psychotherapy and Supervision (FORUM.APG), Austria
  • Gesellschaft für Personzentrierte Psychotherapie und Beratung/Society for Person-centered Psychotherapy and Counselling (GWG), Germany
  • Deutsche Psychologische Gesellschaft für Gesprächspsychotherapie/German Psychological Society for Person-centered Psychotherapy (DGPP), Germany