My clients have always inspired me and ignited an endless need for learning. One of the things that they have shared, is that finding the right counselor is hard. It could be somewhat easier they said, if they knew the counselor’s background. With that in mind, I would like to describe what type of education has helped me develop my counseling skills so far.
I was born and raised in Greece. I graduated college in 1985 with an Elementary School Teacher degree and taught school, like my parents did before me. After teaching for a few years however, I realized there was so much more to learn. I took the opportunity to study at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and graduated with the degree of Master of Education. That’s where I discovered I wanted to work in the counseling field. After moving to the US and then Toronto, Canada I worked for the school system. I soon went back to school for a degree in counseling. After which I started working as Director of Career and Personal Development at Lenoir-Rhyne University, providing counseling to college students. In 2007, I moved to Seattle, where I worked at the Moore Center, a clinic for Eating Disorders in Bellevue. I now work at the local WSU campus as a mental health provider, and have established a private counseling practice in Richland, Washington. Riverwalk Counseling Center LLC serves individuals, groups, and provides consultation and trainings to local businesses.
Being a counselor demands not only constant deepening of understanding human behavior but also active participation in the field. Some of my past trainings include Anger Management by Anderson and Anderson, Hypnosis and NLP by Jack Elias, and Couple’s Therapy at the Tavistock Clinic, in London. I have served as president of the graduate student association at Lenoir-Rhyne and was accepted at the counseling honor society, Chi Sigma Iota. I am currently member of the American Counseling Association, the American Anger Management Association, Chi Sigma Iota and of course the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association. Also, at this time, I have enrolled in a doctoral program at CalSouthern University.
Thank you for your interest in my background story. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will counseling help YOU?
There are multiple benefits you will experience if you are motivated and if you make good use of your counseling sessions.
Here are some of the benefits that previous clients have experienced with counseling:
- Ability to work on goals without getting discouraged and giving up.
- Organize their thoughts. Feel less confusion and more clarity.
- Recognize the ineffective strategies that cause trouble and change them.
- Feel relief from emotional pain and learn how to be pro-active.
- Resolve underlying core issues that fuel emotional distress.
- Develop better communication and listening skills.
- Improve relationships both at home and at work.
- Understand how self-sabotage works and what to do to change.
- Identify what triggers stress and how to handle it.
- Unlearn old behavior patters, develop new habits and become more productive.
- Learn how to better manage impulsive emotions like anger.
- Become more confident and stay in control in difficult situations.
Counseling is not for everyone.
1. You earn your accomplishments!
As the saying goes: “Nobody can do your pushups for you!” You will not experience any benefits if you are not motivated and if you don’t actively participate. Keep in mind that counseling only works for those who want to manage emotions and improve their life.
2. Commit to success!
Counseling is an investment in time, money, and energy. It’s not for those who are not ready yet.
3. The truth can hurt!
Counseling does not sugarcoat unpleasant truths. Get ready to face your weakness. Understand and accept how you create and contribute to your own problems. Remember that your counselor will not judge you but guide you through the process until you gain clarity and control.
This is what counseling sessions look like:
You and your counselor will sit across from each other. You will both focus on your needs for about 50 minutes. Your counselor will ask you questions that will invite you to pay close attention to your internal experience and be as truthful as you can be. There will be undivided attention and unconditional support.
The first few sessions will allow for a general evaluation of your needs. You should take time to think about your counseling sessions and to bring any questions you have in the next session.
The length of counseling varies according to age group and specific circumstances. Acute situations may demand quick interventions. General life distress, unhappiness or trauma may require longer treatment.
During your sessions you will have your counselor’s undivided attention. You can expect to be met with empathy, honesty and understanding. One of your counselor’s goals is to help you become more comfortable with your own feelings, thoughts, and resulting behavior.
Understanding your self and how others see you, can be empowering and can lead to positive change. Learning to accept reality can help you develop better problem solving skills. Choices can help you feel in control of your environment and your life.
Master of Arts in Counseling, May 2003
Lenoir-Rhyne College, Hickory NC
Master of Education in Educational
Psychology, May 1991
Bachelor of Arts in Education, May 1985
Pedagogical Academy of Tripoli, Greece
LICENSURE and CERTIFICATION
Licensed Professional Counselor in Washington State
License Number: LH00011009