Michaela Huber was born in Munich on 19 June 1952, grew up first there and then in Düsseldorf and studied psychology at the universities of Düsseldorf and Münster. Clinical training at the University of Münster (behavioural therapy), the Milton-Erickson Society (hypnotherapy) and the German EMDR Institute of Arne Hofmann (EMDR). She is a qualified psychologist, licensed psychological psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer in trauma treatment.
From 1978 to 1983 she was an editor at the journal Psychologie heute.
She has been practising as a psychotherapist in Kassel since 1989.
In 1998, she co-founded the Centre for Psychotraumatology Kassel e.V., and in the following years she helped to establish several other psychotrauma centres (including the TraumaHilfeZentrum München). In the 1980s, she co-initiated the first women's shelters. For many years, she campaigned for the improvement of living conditions for women at national and international level.
From its foundation in 1995 until 2021, she was the first chairperson of the German section of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation (ISSD e.V.), renamed the "German Society for Trauma and Dissociation" (DGTD) in 2011. She is now active as Past President in an advisory capacity for the DGTD.
Since 2020, she has been the 1st Chairperson of the Federal Working Group for Needs-Based Emergency Aid (BAGbN) i.G.
Honours & Awards
On 19 December 2008, Michaela Huber was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit. In 1997 she received the International Distinguished Achievement Award of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation (ISSD) for her special services in further education and publication on dissociative disorders and in 2011 the Pappenheim Prize.
In 2011, Michaela Huber was awarded the Bertha Pappenheim Prize.
She receives this award for outstanding professional and personal commitment as well as for particularly meritorious and effective national and international contributions and publications to improving the situation of women with dissociative identity disorder.
The prize is awarded by the German Society for Trauma and Dissociation.
On 19 December 2008, Michaela Huber was presented with the Federal Cross of Merit by 1st Councillor Suermann.
She receives this award for her great commitment to severely traumatised people, for helping to establish psychotrauma centres and for networking colleagues who work with traumatised people.
Michaela Huber is a qualified psychologist, psychological psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer in trauma treatment. Since the foundation of the German-speaking section of the ISSD (International Society for the Study of Dissociation), she has been its first chairperson and co-founder of the Centre for Psychotraumatology in Kassel.
Membership in, among others:
Past President of the German Section of the International Society for Trauma and Dissociation (ISSD), renamed the German Society for Trauma and Dissociation (DGTD) in 2011.
German-speaking Society for Psychotraumatology (DeGPT)German Society for Trauma and Dissociation, DGTD e.V. Past President (www.dgtd.de)
Scientific professional association for users of the psychotherapeutic method Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
International Society for the Study of Dissociation (ISSD)
Society for Psychotraumatology, Trauma Therapy and Violence Research (GPTG)
1st Chairperson of the Federal Working Group for Needs-Based Emergency Aid (BAGbN)