the EXPANSIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY
AS A PSYCHOLOGIST TRAINED IN INTEGRATIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY, THERAPEUTIC COUNSELLING, CBT, ERICKSONIAN HYPNOTHERAPY, MINDFULNESS, NLP AND COACHING I LOOK AT MENTAL HEALTH AND MENTAL ILLNESS FROM A BROADER PERSPECTIVE.
I value the biopsychosocial model and I recognize that our suffering is caused by the interaction between our minds, bodies and social factors.
The mind. Our minds are shaped by others in our first years of life. We acquire beliefs, habits, values and behaviours that sometimes stay with us for the rest of our lives. The problems start when our default way of functioning is not aligned anymore to whom we really become inside. That can bring inner tension and distress and it can make us ill. Luckily, numerous researches in neuroplasticity have shown that if stimulated by new ideas, experiences and emotions, the brain is able to expand and create new pathways and circuits and this rewiring process can reprogram our minds and help us transform our lives the way we want.
The body. There seems to be evidence that the biology of our bodies carry some genetic predispositions for a variety of illnesses, including mental disorders, but we know we don’t necessarily develop a disease unless social or psychological factors trigger the illness. We can deliberately change the chemistry in our bodies and the hormonal levels through therapy, new habits and life style changes.
Social factors. The outer environment is crucial in our lives. Social factors have the power to change the chemistry in our bodies and subsequently influence our mental states, our thinking, emotions and behaviours. Death of a significant other, divorce, betrayal, abuse or neglect can lead to trauma, and a disorganised life, a job change or unemployment, poor living conditions, financial problems, inequality, prejudice and discrimination can lead to a range of mental conditions and through the suppression of the neurological, hormonal and immune system can trigger physical illness too.
A 4-dimension holistic and integrative approach
The Spirit. In my work I integrate the theory and practice from the main three schools of though in psychology (psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural and humanistic) with transpersonal psychology and spirituality which makes my practice a 4-dimension holistic and integrative approach, considering the mind-body-spirit-environment factors equally.
This expansive view allows my clients to explore their lives in their wholeness and depth and this is why I call my method of work Expansive Psychotherapy.
The Expansive Psychotherapy offers my clients a platform to change their mindsets, to understand and embrace their biology and human nature, to spiritually reconnect with their real selves and to develop resilience and endurance to face the adversities of the outer world.
Who is it for?
√ The Expansive Psychotherapy is suitable to everyone 18+.
√ Perfect for deep thinkers & deep feelers.
√ For those fed up following the crowds.
√ For people who want to design their own life.
√ For those looking for real life-long change.
√ For those that want to live their lives in their own terms.
√ For those discovering healing, self-care & self-compassion.
√ For those ready to let go of the old to create space for a renewed sense of self.
√ For those that want to know why they suffer not how their suffering is called (diagnosis).
√ For those that want to resolve the cause of their suffering not just to improve their symptoms.
√ For the next level of growth & personal development.
How is it different?
What makes the Expansive Psychotherapy unique is its inclusive perspective and modern implementation.
I learned from my diverse clients over the years that the conventional talking therapies can be rigid and unfriendly sometimes and I developed my method of work to promote flexible, personalised support, attuned to the life-style and challenges individuals face in our modern world:
From the consulting room ⇨ To client’s place of choice.
From 50 min weekly sessions ⇨ To packages tailored to client’s needs.
From one surface problem ⇨ To client’s wholeness & depth.
I also learned from clients, family, friends and peers that, despite our campaigning to end stigma around mental illness, people still feel uncomfortable to talk about their inner experience and whilst I acknowledge the need for professional terminology I take my work beyond the medical model:
From symptoms & disorders ⇨ To natural human manifestations.
From labels & evaluations ⇨ To a space of no judgement.
From the “expert” led work ⇨ To client’s intuition & wisdom.
Mental Wellbeing Definition:
“Mental wellbeing is a set of natural human manifestations oscillating on a continuum of experience between well and unwell in all of us”.
Do you want to chat with me and explore how the Expansive Psychotherapy can help you transform your life?