Biography

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Milena Ćuk is a psychologist and mental health practitioner from Serbia.

First practical experience in the field of mental health in the community she gained in the period 2004 – 2007, as a volunteer of the Center Srce – Center for emotional support and suicide prevention, member of the Befrienders Worldwide Network. As a certified trainer of assertive communication she runs assertiveness training (group sessions based on cognitive-behavioral methodology) from 2006. Individual coaching and/or counseling she practices from 2010. In the last years, she has become particularly interested in interdisciplinary approaches and innovative methodologies in the education, therapy and research. From 2014 she runs psychological-creative workshops (group sessions based on the group therapy and art therapy methodology).

She also works in the field of non-profits and community development for more than ten years, mostly with marginalized and/or vulnerable groups of people, such as Roma, emotionally disturbed, youth, women etc.

Education
University of Novi Sad – four year Honors degree in Psychology
Universities of Sarajevo and Bologna – interdisciplinary MA degree in Human rights and democracy

Trainings
2013-to date Theoretical and practical education in Integrative art psychotherapy led by Snezana
Milenkovic, PhD/psychotherapist (more than 290 hours)
2011 Life stories and dialogues (20 hours) in Center for Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Studies, Sarajevo
2008 Training for Trainers in Social Skills Modules organized by IAN (International Aid Network)
2006 Training for Trainers of assertiveness (40 hours) led by Snežana Tovilović, PhD/psychotherapist
2004 Training (30 hours) for suicide prevention and emotional support organized by Center “Srce”
2001 Training in Cognitive – Behavioral, and Rational Emotional Behavioral Psychotherapy (30 hours) run by psychologists Mikols Biro, PhD; Zdenka Novovic, PhD and Snezana Tovilovic,
PhD in the facilities of the department of Psychology, University of Novi Sad.

She is attending available workshops that can fulfill her curiosity to explore new forms, such as Personal Documentary, Butoh Laboratory, 5Rhythms, Expressive arts therapy, Genogram in Art therapy, Social Therapeutics, Summer Academy of Applied Performing Art Practices etc. She is developing her own approach where she is integrating all the knowledge she gained so far, practical experiences and interests.

My approach is integrative. I cannot imagine myself in the box and under the roof of only one school.

I believe that we all have free will and opportunity to choose, so issues of freedom, identity, responsibility, sense and self -actualization are of the great importance at the path of personal growth and development. This is the path that I have chosen.

What others have said about Milena’s work:

Miroslav, comment left on October 21st, 2014:

“Few months ago, I was stuck at the crossroads and I couldn’t move from this point. I started attending individual sessions with Milena with the idea that she will give me the answer what to do and what direction is the best for me to choose. However, the answer from her never came – instead, she helped me discover it by myself! Milena loves her job, she works with enthusiasm and full dedication; she raises mind and spirit on the higher level! I had also attended assertiveness training where I met people similar to me and got additional motivation to keep working on my development. I became much more open and spontaneous in communication, but more equitable, too. Milena, keep helping people, you are professional in this. Thank you for everything!”