“Working together as a team, we create a healing and safe space where empowered clients begin to study their own inner experiences and organization, leading to integration, self-trust, and psychological transformations.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Since my early twenties, I was inspired by the Ancient Greek aphorism “know thyself” inscribed in the Temple of Apollo. That time marked the beginning of the life-long journey of self- discovery, learning about human psychology, and the interconnectivity of all living organic systems. On a path of gradual self-inquiry, spiritual exploration, and questioning the core beliefs formed by cultural and historical events and by early traumatic experiences, choosing a profession in the field of mental health was a natural calling. As I have followed this professional path, I have continued to be amazed by its potential to transform and heal the human psyche.
What should someone know about working with you?
I practice a very active form of body-inclusive therapy. This involves not just talking about your problems and feelings, but also providing a central place for somatic experiences and organic wisdom, through mindfulness and self-compassion, that helps build the sort of life you want to live. You will learn how to unhook yourself from painful inner experiences (e.g., unwanted thoughts and feelings), discover what matters to you, what you want to stand for in life, and how to take actions to solve your problems and reach your goals. Working together as a team, we create a healing and safe space where empowered clients begin to study their own inner experiences and organization, leading to integration, self-trust, and psychological transformations.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
In recent years, the scientific community in the area of brain function highlighted a connection between mental health and the gut, recognizing that our cognitive and emotional health are strongly connected to the health of the digestive system. Balancing our diet can significantly improve our brain function because intestinal health has a direct impact on mental health, including concentration, energy level, and mood. Based on these scientific findings, I encourage clients to seek consultation with a nutritional professional when working on setting mental health goals for therapy. This allows them to address both sides of the issue, the emotional/psychological and the behavioral choices surrounding food, which can significantly improve stress response, reduce anxiety and depression, and mitigate the effects of mental health problems.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
We all experience a time when something deep within us is calling for change. That signal is an appointment with ourselves and with our soul. Is it uncomfortable? Yes. Could it be scary? It could be at first. Is it normal to want simultaneous change and to stay the same? Absolutely! As you contemplate starting therapy, ask yourself this: “Where do I need to grow?” The choice is yours, and you will know when it is time to embark on a new personal journey, open new possibilities of relationships, and connect to your soul’s deepest movements. From my personal and clinical experience, I can attest that the transition from a familiar self-defeating state to a new path of thriving and personal growth is rewarding and meaningful.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
When I began studying psychology, one of the professors (a man who adhered to the scientific approach) whispered to me in a confessional tone, “I meditate.” Then he looked around the hall, making sure no colleagues heard him. Over the following years, the scientific attitude toward meditation changed and the emergence of the Eastern tradition of mindfulness became a mainstream element in the science of clinical psychology and counseling. Contemporary psychotherapy began integrating the best from both worlds: Western scientific knowledge and the ancient Eastern wisdom that provides the best care for the population in need. (e.g., mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), act and commitment therapy (ACT) and Hakomi therapy). These integrative shifts in the mental health landscape keep me excited, curious, and professionally stimulated.
“Balancing our diet can significantly improve our brain function because intestinal health has a direct impact on mental health, including concentration, energy level, and mood.”