Alexandra Kovacevic Konstantatou -
Private Counselling Practice
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." Ralph Waldo Emerson
Person centered therapy belongs to humanistic experiential psychotherapies. It's core belief is that every person's main motivational force is his actualizing tendency towards increased awareness, trust in self and inner direction. Within a therapeutic relationship a therapist provides therapeutic conditions for the new experiences, enabling his client to move toward becoming a fully functioning person.
"It is the relationship that heals..."
Mental Health Counsellor - MSc Counselling & Psychotherapy, Strathclyde University, Glasgow, U.K.
Member of Hellenic Association for Person-Centered & Experiential Approach (hapcea)
Mental Health Counsellor with many years of experience in different professional, geographical and life situations. She left her war torn country in 1992 and has since lived and worked in several countries. She speaks fluently Serbian, English and Greek and has travelled widely. She is married and has a teenage son. With a background in the business world of shipping and always believing that life is a continuous learning experience, she again sets an example by her own life and retrains to become a mental health counsellor. She is now running her own private practice in the field of counselling and psychotherapy and volunteers, offering her support to the individuals, couples and groups.
In the field of psychotherapy she has found the expression of her belief in continuous change and development of human potential. This belief is also a cornerstone of her work with clients within the therapeutic relationship.
"When the night is at its’ darkest, we are able to see the stars." Emmy van Deurzen
Life is full of opportunities, possibilities and amazing moments of joy, but also it is full of problems, conflicts and dilemmas.
The troubles and difficulties in our life is where we learn the most and this is when we are starting to work towards the solution.
As a therapist I facilitate my clients' in-born tendency for growth by acknowledging each side of their personality and being the skilled companion on their journey of self-discovery.
All About Therapy
Learn About My Methods
When working with my clients we are focusing on experiencing and expressing feelings in the here and now .
Our goal is to create a therapeutic climate in which a client can overcome blocks to growth and explore his denied or distorted aspects of self, in order to become more alive and willing to accept the notion of being a process.
Trusting that each individual is capable of finding his own direction, I am non directional in style. The relationship is of primary importance.
By being empathic, non-judgmental, real and sincere in communication - I do not use a technique - I believe that the therapist himself is the tool. This is where the importance of the therapist’s presence is coming in to place.
Couples and Family Therapy
Enables each person to express his point of view and tollerate similar expressions by his partner or family member. It brings the best out in people, they are seen as a part of a system and no longer fragmented.
In relational counselling I use multidirectinal partiality - by not taking sides and by joining a couple I am reframing a dialog so each member feels accepted and valued in the presence of the other. As experienced person-centered counsellor I have learned how to "make my self small" so I can create a large therapeutic space esential for mutual support of a couple or a family. I am trained in Emotionally Focused Couple's Therapy, strongly backed up by research and the only therapy with Gold Standard evaluation by American Psychological Association. Schedule an appointment today and see what I can do for you.
"Two strangers meet by prearrangement; their purpose, to wrestle with life itself; their goal, to win from deadness more life for one of them; their risk, that one or both of them will find life filled with pain and anxiety for some period of time; their certainty that if they persist in good faith with their struggle both will be changed in some measure." - James Bugental
In my psychotherapeutic practice I draw on my client's emotions and if they are originated in the past, me and my client examine how relevant they are still today. If they are existing probably they are saying something to us, so it is worth exploring them, but then cognitive part could assist us to decide how relevant they are today.
A person enters a therapist office not to meet the therapist but to meet himself. By shedding the layers of what person is not, one finds in therapy his true self. Once the client experiences the satisfaction of being himself in therapy, he carries this out in the outside world.
I’m confident you’ll find my personalized Individual Therapy beneficial and inspirational.
Personal Development Groups
The human encounter in a group setting as a microcosmos
These are a non-directive, experiential groups that concentrate on the here-and-now and encourage personal honesty, self-disclosure, exploration and confrontation. In personal development groups we share our deepest concerns and learn from each other in an climate of freedom and safety.
"I have lived in Athens for almost four years now. Meeting weekly with women who I can relate to, and discuss the ups and downs of living in a foreign country has been a life changer for me. I look forward to this every week. It is an incredible opportunity for growth, friendship and connection!"
Carey Jane Ball
Parents Effectiveness Training
The groups are based on Dr Thomas Gordon- Parents Effectiveness Training, worldwide recognised method in parenting education.
The groups main characteristic is changing the parents' attitudes and not their children. As a cosequence the children will aquire attitudes of responsibility, co-operation, respect, self-discipline and autonomy. This is accomplished not by parental authority and power struggle but by cultivating the meaningful relationship with mutual respect between parents and their children.