“We were born to be happy and in harmony with the environment” | Interview with psychotherapist Angeliki Petropoulou

Angeliki Petropoulou was born in 1973, grew up and lives in N. Smyrni. He graduated from the Medical School of Athens (through pan-Hellenic examinations) and specialized in Psychiatry (PSA).

She is a Psychotherapist, trained in the Systemic Approach (AKMA), as well as in the Cognitive-Behavioral (CBT) and psychodynamic approach. She specializes in Medical Acupuncture (5/2015) and is trained in MBSR (Mindfulness – Based Stress Reduction (12/2015) and the application of PNEI (Psycho-Neuro-Endocrino-Immune System) in Nutrition.

He has maintained a private practice since 2007. In 2015 she moved from N. Smyrni to P. Faliro due to the expansion of her therapeutic activities. He speaks 4 languages, English, French, German and Italian. She is married and the mother of two teenagers. In her free time she writes poetry, paints and meditates.

Mrs. Petropoulou, we live in a century of stress. How is this reflected in your professional daily life? Does the stress we have hit us red?

Stress as an adaptive process is something that has always existed as man is called to face his difficulties. Our technological development, which is a solution to some issues, seems to increase it along with over-information. In the last 2 years of the pandemic, all the indicators have turned red, referring to younger and younger ages. It is something that concerns us all.

Is a visit to the psychiatrist taboo today or is it now the socially accepted scientific answer to a need to find our mental balance?

A visit to a psychiatrist has traditionally been a taboo as it was combined with ugly images of mental illness treatment in the past. Nowadays, a visit to a psychiatrist is the most appropriate and thorough solution in order to make a diagnosis or not and to draw up a personalized treatment plan.

The sooner we know what we have the sooner the solution will be launched without complications. Fortunately, the younger generations do not have a taboo on asking for help, and of course the connection between mental health professionals is important for the good of us all.

What is the difference between Counseling and Psychotherapy and who is it for?

Very good and apt question. Counseling is a targeted intervention through psychological knowledge and techniques on the occasion of a specific request, eg counseling parents on issues of their child’s behavior, couple counseling on how to get a smooth divorce, career counseling. So we have a specific request and the consultant seeks the guidance of the expert in order to navigate towards a more harmonious solution of his issue.

Psychotherapy, on the other hand, concerns broader and deeper issues of the patient, which may come to the surface on the occasion of a specific issue, but which, if not resolved, will have adverse recurrent effects on the patient’s life.

Counseling therefore focuses on the symptom, while psychotherapy deals with the underlying cause.

What is Intergrative Pgsychiatry and what are its benefits for patients?

Integrative Psychiatry, is a comprehensive psychiatric approach that combines the scientifically proven (evidence based) benefits of psychiatry, the administration of medication, ie with an individualized plan (nutritional – genetic profile – physical condition – physical exercise) to deal with relaxation man uniquely and as a whole.

The goal of Integrative Psychiatry is to have excellent mental health (prevention of future symptoms) and improved quality of life and not just to cover a symptom.

It also aims to improve human relationships, starting with the relationship with oneself. And because it is a holistic approach it treats man as a whole, mind – body – environment in a harmonious coexistence.

Which mental disorder has increased significantly in recent years and which of them are most vulnerable?

Emotional (depressive) type and anxiety disorders (panic attacks – phobias) have the upper hand. Somatization (the so-called psychosomatic symptoms) also at all ages.

In terms of vulnerability, mainly children but also people who take on many roles and are paid by multitasking, as well as those who find it difficult to make sense of their lives.

Your speech at the Leading Minds Festival was entitled: “Discovering the True Self!” Healing the world! ” What changes in our behavior “show” us the door of the psychiatrist?

Thanks a lot for the question. The existence of persistent and recurrent symptoms (whether involving body and mind or relationships) is a bell for diagnostic evaluation.

There are people who come for treatment with chronic problems. But there is no reason for suffering other than our fear. Something that is more than 6 months old, or is so intense (eg panic attack) is a reason for a visit.

And of course any difficulty in mobilizing and finding joy in everyday life. We are born to be happy and creative in harmony with the environment (interior and exterior). So let’s reconnect.

Watch the speech given by Angeliki Petropoulou at the Leading Minds Festival at the following link: leadingminds.gr/el/lm_speaker/aggeliki-petropoylou/

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