From counselling to psychotherapy


Living as an expat can expose an individual to several challenges and stressors, both potentially leading to activating internal and external conflicts.Feeling gloomy, upset, angry, worried or lonely being far away from your family, friends and environment are common experiences among expats.Moreover, homesickness, melancholy, distress and anxiety might reduce energy, capacity of decision making and motivation.

Counselling can help to find new meaningful connections and overcometransitional conflicts so to effectively transition to a new home and culture,and successfully overcoming frustration, disappointment, loss of self-identityand cultural shock.

 Analytically oriented counselling supports the exploration of personality traits, relational patterns within the context of current life to raise individual self-awareness and burst the unique process of individuation and personal growth.

 Individual psychotherapy represents a longer term work directed to explore in depth patterns of thoughts, emotions and behaviours underlying conflicts and psychological problems. Psychotherapy requires a higher involvement in a therapeutic relationship, commitment and alliance. Its outcomes can be assessed periodically and objectives re-defined according to the client’s needs and changes.

 Both short and long term analytically oriented interventions gives special attention to body and mind connections that often lie at the roots of psychological symptoms or specific conditions (i.e. pregnancy and post- partum). A tailored approach can integrate meditation and Yoga practices,mindfulness techniques and Pilates, aiming to increase its efficacy.


Being a parent can be wonderful but at the same time can be stressful. Preoccupied with changes that never arrives, overwhelmed by workload and negative thoughts parents might feel anxious, depressed, helpless and exhausted. Self-care, well-being and maintaining your self-esteem a resourcefulness are essential components of the capacity to function as a good enough parent.

 For this, attachment theory and integrations with research findings from the psychoanalytical mainstream have proven to be a very effective tool to strengthen individual and couple capacities of positive and sensitive parenting. Mindfulness and reflective capacities are essential to understand and correct mental patterns leading to misunderstanding, broken trust in relationship and un-love.

 Drawing on my extensive experience of analytical psychologist and mindfulness techniques, I help to restore inner connection, self-awareness, self-compassion and acceptance, and the ability to understand emphatically one-self’s and others’ states of mind, such as emotions, feelings, desires, concerns and thoughts. As a result of this intervention, parenting can reveal its unique nature and couple and family relationships become strengthened and grow deeper.

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 Facing crisis, loss, separations or other major stressors might offer a great opportunity for transformation, positive changes and to achieve enriching meaningfulness. Jungian analysis can help the individual to explore together with the therapist unconscious elements of the psyche and to bring them into a more balanced relation with conscious awareness. As a consequence, the process of maturation of personality can evolve, improving mental health, well-being and providing relief to psychic pain.

Jungian analysis can activate innate creative and healing functions of the psyche, facilitating the self-expression, individuation and personal growth. Dysfunctional patterns of personality and related psychopathological symptoms and negative emotions can be effectively reduced and be transformed in virtue of a successful analysis.

As certified Analytical Psychologist from the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP) and PhD candidate at the Centre for Psychoanalytical Studies of Essex University (United Kingdom), I can provide supervision and training analysis for psychologists following a post-graduate training in analytical psychology. Currently, I am member of the Serbian developing group and work on topics such as the application of Jungian concepts to understanding the interrelation of individual, family and socio-cultural processes in post-conflict settings.

The most intense conflicts, if overcome, leave behind a sense of security and calm that is not easily disturbed. It is just these intense conflicts and their conflagration which are needed to produce valuable and lasting results. C.G. JUNG