Workshop on Narcissism (23/06/2018):
Thank you for joining our workshop last Saturday! That was a fruitful meeting about Narcissism. Looking forward to the next one.
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"You are not alone": Open Discussion evening
On June 14th, a group of expats from the Hague and the surrounding area gathered to discuss how we feel about Loneliness.
In this monthly meeting we explored how we can feel less lonely and more connected with others, how we can break the vicious circle of loneliness, and if there is a part of loneliness that "is ok".
Workshop on Projective Cards in Athens (26/5/18):
Honoured to be invited by therapist Maria Liakakou in order to give a workshop on the projective cards, The River and the Roads, as part of a 2-day training.
We enjoyed it a lot, and the same did our participants, who also bought a set of cards each in order to use them in their own practice.
Exploring different ways of self-expression and healing is always exciting and we are glad we can spread the magic!
Lifelong learning continues: EFT Externship. (21/04/2018):
Talking about relationships and emotions is not the easiest thing in the world. But Sue Johnson has made it more accessible to everyone. Dr. Sue Johnson is the developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy, and I was glad to participate in one of her trainings in Madrid last April. More ready now to support couples in their communication and expression!
AntiLoneliness in Leiden's newspaper!
So excited to be for the first time in a newspaper!
And this time in Leiden's (my lovely city) daily newspaper.
Me and the journalist Wilfred Simons talked about loneliness (of course), about depression, about therapy, about the Dutch and the Greek cultures, about social media, and also about Odysseus and his journey to Ithaca!
If you bump into Leidsch Dagblad, give it a read (if your Dutch is good) .
Or visit me in my office for a cup of tea and some newspaper-reading!
AntiLoneliness at Haarlemmermeer's Expat Fair (17/3/18)
For the first time, AntiLoneliness participated in the Haarlemmermeer Expat Fair and we were so excited to meet other business owners from that area. Moreover, Vassia Sarantopoulou, our psychologist, presented a short workshop on Self-Sabotage and we were happy to talk with visitors of our stand! Thank you for organising this beautiful event, and for inviting us to it!
Divorce Support Groups getting creative!
After the first successful social gathering for the members of the Divorce Support Groups in Leiden and the Hague, we decided to organise another one, but this time more artistic. We all gathered in the Hague and together with the help of the team of Paintbar, we pick up the brushes and started creating. In the beginning it was scary, but in the end, as everyone admitted, there was something healing in the whole process. Until next time then!
Today (21/11/17) was the last day of the "End Procrastination, Welcome Success" workshop. All participants set new goals, more concrete and more meaningful for their lives. And at the end of the workshop, they signed their own "I Will" manifesto to keep themselves motivated.
What a beautiful and inspiring journey we went together for 6 weeks! Until next time ;-)
In collaboration with BLOOM - House of Health in the Hague, we were invited to organise and facilitate a workshop in Relationships and help individuals to recognise and to replace toxic patterns with healthy communication within their relationships.
Looking forward to the next one!
We were honoured to be invited by Puur 'n' Kuur in Bussum, and give a presentation on how to "Detox your Relationships".
We enjoyed it so much and so were the participants who "bombarded" us with many interesting questions after the end of the presentation. Until next time!
We were excited that our workshop in Procrastination on 20/6/2017 was SOLD OUT and that all the participants found it very interesting. Thanks to Dagmar Hopf (www.sevenbirds.eu), who prepared the material and made an amazing presentation!
A new workgroup is about to start, "End Procrastination, Welcome Success" which aims in dealing with procrastination, time management, anxiety and productivity. If you are interested, sign up here or send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Moreover, you can also check our next workshops here.
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For me working with a drama-therapist is always something nice to expect since I know that at some point somebody will have to act/ play/ sing/ scream/ have fun, as part of the self-expression approach.
Joana and me experimented for the first time with facilitating a workshop on Anger Management ("Explain your Anger, don't Express it").
The result was really rewarding (for us but also for the participants)! 4 hours of talking over the causes of Anger, the feelings that mostly relate to it, the cognitive background of it and how our behavior can shift to another approach, from aggressive or passive to assertive. Letting it out felt so relieving for our participants!
It was nice to hear from them that they would like to have more workshop time to work on their Anger and they are looking forward to the advanced workshop on Anger in order to learn more about dealing with this so powerful emotion and transforming it into a constructive behavioral pattern.
Till next time,
Have a nice and peaceful day!
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Mondays are considered days when people are stronger to endure setbacks and mishaps comparing to Fridays ("Oh, not today, it's Friday, it's almost weekend, this cannot happen today!). The mental preparation we have done when Mondays come, is based on the fact that there is no more the weekend-enthusiasm, we know that from now on it's going to be all about work-work-work and, comparing to the weekend, we are sure that it is going to be one of these days that anything can go wrong. Yes, Mondays have the rumor of an awful day.
On a Monday like this, (September 5th) I was invited by the Connecting Women in the Hague to talk about Failure and how we can see it as a gift, and not as a setback.
Vassia Sarantopoulou: For me, one of the most challenging moments as an entrepreneur has been the moment of the pitch. If you had a 30-sec/1-min pitch to talk about yourself and your company, what would you say?
Joana Moreira: I have a master degree in Social Psychology and a certification as a Psychodramatist. I speak 5 languages and have more than 10 years of broad professional experience in two different countries.
My last project as a counsellor and trainer focuses on the use of action methods such as spontaneous dramatization, role play and dramatic self-presentation to raise the energy of the participants and boost their inspiration. This increases their commitment in the search and development of their own potentialities.
Being able to help others, either as a counsellor, a trainer or a volunteer, is every time very gratifying, both personally and professionally. And this is one of the many reasons I consider myself a happy person.
(You can find out more about Joana at her website and her Facebook page)
They said that SPARK is not just a conference for female entrepreneurship. It's a movement.
And for the first time participating and presenting at a break-out session (“Failure: A gift in Disguise”), I was curious to find out why.
So with my (big) observing eyes, this is what I saw:
The Anti-Conflict workshop was successfully held last two Wednesdays (February 24 & March 2) in the Hague, in the beautiful and cozy building of Het Coachhuis. Our participants loved it and they gained a lot of relationship skills out of it.
Here you will find the latest news of The Anti-Loneliness Project (media, workshops, presentations). Enjoy!