Lecturer, Clinician and Supervisor

MPsychClin MCouns&PsychTh GDipPsych BAppSc Assoc MAPS 

Teaches in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Ms Margaret Karafilowska holds a Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy degree from The Cairnmillar Institute. She is a registered psychologist with specialist training in working with individual adult clients and couples. In her clinical work she takes an integrative psychotherapeutic approach based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) principles. Educated at Monash and RMIT Universities, as well as at The Cairnmillar Institute, she has developed an interest in working with older adults and the psychological issues associated with the ageing process through Cairnmillar’s Successful Ageing Growth and Enhancement (SAGE) program. Ms Karafilowska facilitates and lectures in a number of personal and professional development courses, provides clinical supervision, and supervises research students.


Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy; Adult Mental Health; Anxiety and Mood Disorders; Self-Esteem/Personality Issues; OCD; Problem Gambling; Couples Counselling.

Research Interests

Ms Karafilowska’s research interests include problem gambling and evidence based treatment methods; anxiety disorders; social anxiety; OCD; attachment and relationship factors.

Recent Publications and Presentations

  • Karafilowska, M., & Brown, C. (2013). An investigation of a brief integrative therapy model for problem gambling: Implications for treatment. Paper presented at the PACFA Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Karafilowska, M.  (2010). Contextual Modular Therapy (CMT): An investigation of a brief integrative therapy model for the treatment of problem gambling. Unpublished Master’s Thesis. The Cairnmillar Institute.