"I believe that we should be able to listen and voice our common concerns for the future, become less theoretical and inspire more people to act."

Despoina Limniotaki

 

Psychology has been flirting with the media in a kind of blatant way.  Professionals in the field of mental health do not restrict themselves to the vast amount of scientific journals that exist any more.  They go the full distance to make their voice heard by writing newspaper articles and advertising self-improvement and a heavenly existence in some small number of steps, in sites, blogs or the Instagram.  On the other hand, their colleagues generously pick up the phone to offer their constructive advice on how to find the job of a lifetime or deal with late hour chocolate cravings, on air, through Skype, via applications. 

 

So psychologists and the media already seem to be involved in some kind of a relationship, which - though sometimes asphyxiating - raises mental health awareness and helps fight against the stigma that comes from lack of available information.  Still, complaints can be heard on how the field does not get the credit it deserves in the press or the minutes it needs to explain the results of a longitudinal study.  It seems as if there is a misunderstanding in the way the affiliation between the psychologists and the media develops.  How popularized can psychology become?  A new approach to effective cooperation needs to be devised for both parties to benefit from each other’s expertise.

Inside the Healing Tree community, I blog about the things that intrigue me and matter to me in a way that hopefully interests and motivates other people too. 

Work

Development of businesses is an ongoing process which takes into consideration the nature and dynamics of the market, welcoming possibilities and acting interculturally: thriving businesses nowadays “speak” the language of different groups, encouraging growth and diversity, teaching skills with a lens on social issues.  On the other hand, motivational leaders generate meaningful content for different platforms that not only offer lessons but also support and encouragement. 

 

By creating a community, adding features to your services and building engagement, you can expand your audience, attract customers and maximize your organization’s capability.

Inspire

I grew up an adventurer. 

 

At a younger age, I did a lot of interdisciplinary studying that involved the fields that move me the most. 

 

I worked with groups – we shared experiences, built communities and created bonds.  I wandered in big cities, in search of pictures, music, good food and good books. 

I laughed and loved people for being strong and resilient.  I filled a house with trust, healthy relationships and experiences but also had my share of drama, grief and loss.

The community is also about how people can become much more than their stereotypes, much more than what is expected of them - this is about living to your potential

Experience

Both as a process and a state of affairs, leadership has been a major challenge to countries worldwide.  Yet, the politics of leadership organization and distribution have failed to develop a next generation of pioneers that will envision a more encompassing, a less segregated world.  Equality of opportunities should be reflected in policies, reform efforts but most importantly in the way we behave towards each other.  More centers for leadership preparation are needed and more support and encouragement for the youth means that we can create the generation of forerunners we are dreaming of.

 Leading  stems from yearning: to offer assistance and receive feedback, to learn and give back, to stop theorizing and begin delivering results. 

 

I stand here as an advocate of the work that it takes to make things happen.

Lead

I am a Psychologist and the Founder of the social, co-operative business The Healing Tree addressing the need to end the stigma against mental health problems, helping to improve the services, to raise understanding and gather help around those who need information and support.

I am self‐employed: I hold my own private practice as a counselor in collaboration with organisations of the public and private sector.

As I have also studied Education at the University of Rethymnon in Crete, I manage an English‐speaking programme for children aged 8 - 12, based on creative learning.  I am an advocate for democratic education.

I hold an MSc from the University of Kent in Group Processes and Intergoup Relations and have been trained in Political Communication and Strategic Planning.

I have worked as an assistant counselor in PA.G.N.I hospital in Crete, with patients with long‐term disabilities, organizing therapy groups and art therapy sessions. 

 

Also, I work as a career counselor, providing guidance and services to students in support of their internships in the local businesses of Iraklion, Crete.  I cooperate with social workers in order for them to build a programme that would help elderly women have a better stay and a richer daily schedule based on their needs and wishes.

As a volunteer, I collaborate with groups in running seminars on stress and coping after a natural disaster.  My first book on Death and Bereavement with the title A Matter of Life or Death was published in 2008 (ed.Itanos).  My second workbook "Pame ena taxidaki" on children, loss and grief, was a healing tree community project, published in 2018.  My third book Re-Writing Your Life Story was published in November 2019 and is a bootcamp guide aimed at helping people put their life in perspective and realize their dreams.

I was one of the four women who started the Greek chapter of the ALDE party Gender Equality Network.   I have never stopped supporting and empowering women and promoting women’s participation in positions of political responsibility in national and European level.

I have worked with thematic groups on the topics of stereotypes and racism with a view to developing programmes for socially vulnerable populations.  I am a devoted volunteer in help of the people who find refuge in Greece and work as an instructor for civil protection groups, teaching skills and techniques for psychological first aid in cases of disaster.  I am also an activist against human trafficking.

I am fluent in English and French.  I enjoy travelling, reading, jazz music and writing journal entries for newspapers, lifestyle blogs & e-magazines.  I am a motivational speaker and a business mentor for women entrepreneurs and young politicians. 

I live in Crete with my husband, daughter and Rallou the labrador.