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Valia Tseliou

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Registered Psychotherapist
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English
Greek

Valia is here to support you with relationship challenges, attachment issues, silencing your inner critic, and low self-esteem.

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Valia works with youth and adults who struggle with relationship issues, a self-critical voice, and depression. She also supports people who struggle with finding themselves or lack meaning in their life. Valia can help you understand the wounds of the past to alleviate distress and identify constructive ways of being and coping. She’ll work with you to understand attachment wounds that make you feel you’re not good enough or unable to maintain meaningful relationships. Valia will also support you to build a secure connection with yourself and connect with the people you care about.

Valia fosters a collaborative, empathetic, and understanding rapport in therapy. Valia will support you to set healthy boundaries, which is a positive way to educate people about your limits. She’ll encourage aspects of yourself that you have had to deny, hide, or abandon, perhaps to please others or avoid conflict.

In sessions, Valia takes a trauma-informed approach. Her role is to challenge you, when needed, with compassion and sensitivity. She works from a person-centred and cognitive-behavioural lens, always ensuring that therapy moves at a pace you’re comfortable with. She often draws interventions from emotion-focused therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy.

In her personal life, Valia is engaged in pilates and yoga. This has helped her relax her mind and develop self-discipline, patience, and mindful breathing. Valia has also loved drawing since she was a child. To her, creative artwork not only creates something beautiful and new but also relieves mental stress and increases creativity.

Valia can provide sessions in English and Greek.

Right for you if:

You’re experiencing challenges with healthy boundaries, people-pleasing tendencies, and perfectionism.
You’re experiencing relationship challenges, fear of rejection, and abandonment.
You‘re looking for support with anxiety/depression symptom management.
You need support to understand unconscious behaviours and life patterns that hinder your fulfillment and happiness.

More about

Valia

Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University (2021)

Master of Arts in Faculty of Law, Economics and Political Science from Aristotle University (2014)

Bachelor of Arts in Faculty of Law, Economics and Political Science from Aristotle University(2013)

Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy for Traumatized Individuals: Shaping a new sense of self Certification (Cognitive Behavior Institute, Center for Education)

Polishing your Practice: Working with High-Conflict Families Certification (Cognitive Behavior Institute, Center for Education)

College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario

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Q&A

How do you describe therapy?
Therapy is not about forgetting the past. Therapy is about building a new perspective.
What is a motto or idea that gives you reassurance when you’re having a difficult time?
Adversity is part of the human experience. Accept that this is a difficult time for you and be kind to yourself.
What does good mental health look like to you?
I believe that good mental health doesn't mean the absence of mental health issues. To me, good mental health means when one feels a sense of contentment and purpose, and having the ability to develop self-acceptance and long-lasting meaningful relationships.

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