Dr. Veronika Svoboda


Professional specialism:
Clinical Psychologist

Training:
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

Brief Biograhy:
Born in the Czech Republic, Veronika started her undergraduate study of psychology at Charles University in Prague. After a couple of years, she immigrated to the United States, where she finished her undergraduate studies at San Diego State University and then she received a doctorate in Clinical Psychology at California School of Professional Psychology, also in San Diego. In 2003, she became a licensed clinical psychologist in California. In the same year, she completed EMDR training in Santa Barbara. Veronika has worked with a variety of clients, ranging from families and children to university students to adults with serious mental problems. Her experience in California also included working at a residential crisis facility as well as at a hospital psychiatric ward. Since 2003, Veronika has been living and working in Prague. She works with individuals and couples. Her clinical interests include emotional trauma, EMDR, relationship issues, self-growth, anxiety, depression, and multicultural issues. Her theoretical therapeutic perspective relies heavily on psychodynamic concepts, but her practical therapeutic approach is rather holistic. Although she uses primarily tools of humanistic psychology (i.e., promotion of self-reflection and self-actualization, use of positive regard and therapeutic relationship), she also uses elements of cognitive therapy where appropriate. Veronika is typically rather active and involved in her therapeutic role and asks the same from her clients. In her spare time, she enjoys skiing, hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities. She also likes traveling, arts and cultural events. Veronika speaks both Czech and English.