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How I became a counsellor and life coach

I am from Spanish and Lebanese descent and have lived in several different countries including Germany, the UK, Spain, Cyprus, Lebanon, the UAE, and Tunisia. I was born in a family of visual artists and musicians. From an early age I was exposed to war, displacement, insecurity and instability, which meant that I understood early on that nothing in life could be taken for granted, and that I needed to develop inner strength in order to be able to adapt and survive in ever-changing circumstances.

Thanks to my cultural mix and my exposure to different cultural, social and economic contexts, I am naturally tolerant and understanding and I appreciate difference and see it as a strength and a beautiful asset to cherish, protect and celebrate.

I studied archaeology (BA) at the American University of Beirut - Lebanon, and worked in the field for several years during my mid-twenties, as I was interested in understanding the past of humanity and its different cultural expressions, and by extension also better understand myself. I subsequently studied art and culture policy and management (MA) at the City University in London - UK, and worked internationally for over twenty years as a curator and cultural design, policy and management specialist. At that stage in my life, I was interested in human expression and in the potential of art and cultural practices to enable individuals to fully and freely express themselves. I wanted to play a role in enabling this expression and in showcasing it to the general public, as a means to also inspire and empower them to recognise, unlock and express themselves.

I then studied psychosynthesis psychology, psychotherapy and life coaching at the Institute of Psychosynthesis and Middlesex University in London-UK (where I am currently completing an MA), as I want to get even more intimately involved in enabling individuals to free themselves of any internal, historical or cultural obstacles that might stand in the way of them being truly in touch with themselves, able to live full lives of self-expression and self-actualisation, thus - through their own personal development – also becoming better able to serve society as a whole.

Inspirational Quote Graphic - "What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us. When we bring what is within us out into the world, miricles happen." - Henry Thoreau

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