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Mag. Elena Padurariu
Psychotherapist and Coach

Clarity, courage and fulfillment represent my attitude and vision that are guiding me both in my private and in my professional life.



Clarity is for me synonymous with the awareness of who I am. It conveys my capacity for introspection, to look inside myself, to explore what I feel and think. It extends to having the mindset of seeking to understand those around me, from family and friends to people I work with. 


Courage means for me to intentionally put myself in situations outside my comfort zone, both mentally and physically. It is to set goals to achieve, recognizing, and overcoming the limitations I encounter, and going on, not giving up. It stands for taking uncomfortable decisions when I need to and sticking with them by trusting my intuition and relying on it to take me forward in life. Courage is a good friend with the hope of creating something better in my life. 


Fulfillment is the feeling I experience thanks to living my life in clarity and with courage. It is something that I experience when I close the gap between what I am and what I want to be while dealing with the frustrations that come along the way. Fulfillment is knowing to readapt on the way when there is no meaning anymore in pursuing my goal. It is sharing and celebrating my accomplishments with those close to me and if possible inspiring others to do so, too.

My Approach

Beyond Systemic Family Therapy

Systemic Family Therapy is the foundation of my psychotherapeutic approach.


However, recognising the richness of diversity, I've adopted a philosophy that extends beyond a singular method.

Using Analog and Creative Methods

I hold a special affinity for hypnotherapy, a method I am currently training in.


This approach resonates with my inclination toward using analog and creative methods, transcending the boundaries of traditional talk therapy.

Taylored Interventions and Techniques

Continuous learning is at the heart of my practice, allowing me to draw from various therapeutic approaches. 


My goal is to tailor interventions and techniques to meet the unique needs and expectations of each client, ensuring a personalised and effective therapeutic experience.

Knowledge and Motivation

The combination of my knowledge and experience, coupled with client’s motivation and collaboration, forms what I consider a recipe for success in the psychotherapeutic process.


If you're ready to embark on the journey toward positive change, I'm here to guide you.

Since 2014
I have been working in my private praxis

in the first district of Vienna, first as a systemic psychotherapist under supervision, later as a licensed psychotherapist. 


What I love most about my work is the diversity of the people I encounter in my office. Different social backgrounds and cultures, unique life experiences, distinct value systems, and personalities, all make my experience in working with people very exciting. I enjoy sharing my knowledge as much as I enjoy learning from my clients. 


When I work with individuals I strive to always look beyond a diagnosis and instead to see the person with his/her unique narrative, how they reached that point and where they want to be.


With couples, my intention is to support partners in their process of improving their relationship by working on problems such as communication, sex, intimacy, decision making, parenting. 

Here are my studies:

2016, Vienna

Master Degree in Psychotherapy Science
Sigmund Freud University

Master Thesis Theme: "Women in Leadership Positions and their Influence on the Organizational Health"

2013, Vienna

Bachelor Degree in Psychotherapy Science
Sigmund Freud University

Bachelor Thesis at SFU Private University, Theme: „Working group in organisational field“

2001, Bucharest

Bachelor degree in
Industrial Management
Academy of Economic Studies

Focus on Human Resources management

And my further trainings:

  • Clinical Hypnosis after Milton Erikson, Training as Hypnosystemic therapist, Hypno-Synstitut Vienna, 2023-2024

  • "Psyche&Brain: Neuroscience for Coaching and Psychotherapy", Prof. Dr. Dr. Gerhard Roth, online, 2023

  • "Analog systemic couple therapy- The Ask!Modell for Couples", Dr. Ilka Hoffmann-Bisinger, Systemische Praxis Institut, Innsbruck 2023

  • "Kick-off" Language- Interventions in couple and sex therapy, Dipl.-Psych. Karina Kehlet Lins, Systemische Praxis Institut, Innsbruck 2023

  • "From problem to solution", Prof. Dr. Ulrich Clemens online, 2023

  • "Systemic psychotherapy and counselling", Dr. Stefan Junker online, 2023

  • Gottman Connect "Dealing with conflict" online course, 2022

  • Systemic parenting coaching, OAS, 2021

  • John and Julie Gottman "Parents coaching", online course, 2021

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)- Practitioner Certificate Udemy, 2021

  • "Systemic therapy with teens and their families", Mag. Stefan Geyerhofer, OAS, 2020

  • "Love affairs and external relationships", Dipl.-Psych. Berit Brockhausen, VPA 2019

  • Paare in Bewegung conference I, II, VPA, 2018, 2019

  • "Sexual issues in individual and couple therapy", MAg. Katharina Hinsch, OAS 2018

  • Positive Psychology: Aplications and Interventions, 2017

  • Positive Psychology: Martin E. P. Seligman's Visonary Science, 2017

  • Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance, 2015

  • Emotion Focus Therapy Level 1, SFU Vienna 2013

  • Practical training for children and adolescent psychotherapy, SFU Vienna 2012

Voluntary work:

  • Mentor "Work Life Balance" for Professional Women in Vienna, 2017, 2018

  • MentorIn für MigrantInnen, WKO, 2017

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