the EXPANSIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY
a brief look at my professional identity and how I work
AS A PSYCHOLOGIST TRAINED IN INTEGRATIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY, THERAPEUTIC COUNSELLING, CBT, ERICKSONIAN HYPNOTHERAPY, MINDFULNESS, NLP AND COACHING I LOOK AT MENTAL HEALTH AND HUMAN LIFE EXISTENCE FROM A BROADER PERSPECTIVE.
Why do we suffer in life? I searched to answer this question for half a century now. During the first 3 decades of my life I searched at an informal level as a child, adolescent and young woman challenged in life. For the past 20 years, I did a steady formal search throughout my studies, clinical work and practitioner research.
In my youth I believed that our suffering comes from people who are either good or bad. As a young psychologist and therapist I then believed in the medical model and split people into mentally healthy and mentally ill due to their genetic inheritance and chemical unbalance.
None of these theories survived the test of time though. They were invariably contradicted by the experience in my clinical and research practice and I would have still been lost in confusion if it weren’t for 2 separate incidents to happen.
Firstly, I realized that the psychotherapeutic models are limited when used on their own and I started to integrate them and look at human life from a holistic perspective giving consideration to the bio-psycho-social aspects of life.
Secondly, I went through my own personal journey in life, with both its blessings and challenges. Naturally, I tried all therapies possible and I even trained in most of them keen to understand the concepts behind the theories of mind and speed up my healing process. Invariably, each of them seemed to be working for a while, but the change was not lasting.
It was only when my life path took me through a set of spiritual awakenings and I reconnected with my wholeness that the proper healing started. Bringing my body, mind and soul together helped me enter a state of coherence and repair the relationship with myself. Paying attention to the environment also helped me repair the relationships with my family, other people and the world around me. That reconnection created the transformation I was looking for and brought me a sense of liberation and personal freedom.
In time, I implemented my learnings in my work and to my surprise it worked miracles. My clients’ lives expanded and transformed just like mine. And only then I realized that for so many years I wrongly tried to make therapy work on the mind forgetting that the meaning of psychotherapy is in fact “healing the soul”.
Suffering has a multidimensional source
Today, I take a trauma-informed approach to healing and I believe that abuse, neglect, inequality, discrimination, family and cultural conditioning are beneath our pain and suffering and they lead to anxiety, depression, addictions and other afflictions. My paradigm is that human suffering has a multidimensional source:
1.Pain comes from the identification with your physical body and the form, the material world and everything it brings into your life: materialism, consumerism, competition, a performance culture, the “never enough” syndrome, etc. In reality, you are much more than your body and all the labels the society placed on you.
2.Pain comes from the identification with your mind. When you were born you had no mind, only a brilliant brain that could be programmed. The family, the school and the culture around you programmed you to function in a certain way and to grow specific beliefs, values and behaviours. The initial programme – your Ego – is a tunnel mind and lives in the darkness of your mentors, but you are much more than that conditioning.
3.Pain comes from the disconnection from your soul and the invisible field of energy surrounding you which is the source of everything. Lack of awareness and mindful living keeps you identified with the body and your Tunnel Mind, functioning on low levels of consciousness, in fear, greed, envy, hatred, deceit, and negativity. Luckily, you can elevate your being and operate from a higher frequency defined by love, care, compassion, acceptance, tolerance, gratitude and forgiveness.
4.Pain comes from the environment. From your relationships with your family, the other people and the world’s forces surrounding you – universe, earth, nature, ecosystem, social systems (politics, economy, job market, science, social justice, digital technology and AI, religion, etc.) as well as their institutions, norms, laws, customs and traditions. There are powerful outside forces influencing your life, but the authentic power lies in your responsible and intentional choice to create a life alligned with your real Self.
How I work
I believe that our mental health is directly determined by the quality of our relationships, starting from the relationship with our Self.
In my work I take a holistic and integrative approach to mental health and I believe that the solution to our healing is not exclusively in the 100 years old therapies which have not managed to prove their effectiveness.
It is a fact of life that we are multifaceted beings therefore in my work I use a multidimensional approach that heals your mind as well as your body, spirit and environment, all at the same time.
My studies, clinical work, practitioner research, social and personal life experience have shown me that we need to consider the body-mind-spirit-environment equally when we explore our mental health. As a result, I look at my practice as being an Expansive Psychotherapy method.
My 4-dimension bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach to self-discovery, healing and personal growth takes a 360 degree view on life and offers a complete relationship makeover, mind cleansing and values reevaluation.
The expansive psychotherapy has the foundation in the 3 major schools of thought in psychology and psychotherapy (psychoanalysis, cognitive-behaviour and humanistic) and builds on transpersonal psychology, logotherapy, anthropology, epigenetics, quantum physics and Eastern spirituality traditions.
Using the expansive psychotherapy framework I crafted in time “therapy on the go” and “face to face programmes” as well as “structured packages” that make self-discovery, healing and personal growth fun and captivating.
Who is it for?
√ The Expansive Psychotherapy is ideal for early, late and midlife crisis.
√ Perfect for deep thinkers and deep feelers.
√ For you fed up with the status quo and tired following the crowds.
√ For you sick of living like a prisoner in your Tunnel Mind.
√ For you discovering healing, self-care & self-compassion.
√ For you craving for a more mindful living.
√ For you ready to access higher levels of consciousness.
√ For you wanting to know why you suffer not how your suffering is called (diagnosis).
√ For you looking to resolve the cause of your suffering not just to improve your symptoms.
√ For your next level of growth & personal development.
What to expect From an expansive psychotherapy programme
Expect to embark on a fantastic journey of self-discovery, healing and personal growth.
Expect to be guided through an original and flexible therapeutic approach.
Expect to be explained all along the theory behing each concept, notion, therapeutic instrument and method of implementation.
Expect to be left with some tools you can use on your own if needed in the future.
Expect to make sense of your life experience.
Expect a complete relationship makeover if you are ready for it.
Expect to reconnect with your body, mind, soul and environment.
Expect to refresh your identity and return to your wholeness.
Expect to become familiar with the 7 Steps of Transformation System.
Most importantly, expect to learn the core essentials of personal development and be able to find your own answers to the 6 most fundamental existential questions:
- What are you made of? Know your body, mind and soul.
- Where are you coming from? Take a sharp look into your human history.
- How did you get here? Explore who and what made you who you are today.
- Who are you really? Find and connect with your true self.
- Why are you here? Clarify and reaffirm your purpose in life.
- Where are you heading to? Time to plan and act on your dreams and aspirations.
Do you want to explore how the Expansive Psychotherapy can help you transform your life?