In Europe we were like many other families who had to deal with the legacy of PTSD after WWI and WWII. My family has had a history of substance abuse and violence which has extended over several generations. This was particularly true on my mother’s side of the family.
You see I’m a survivor of abuse and trauma myself. This abuse and trauma has really caused me deep emotional scars. However I’ve been blessed to have had people around me who have helped me to heal emotionally. But this for me is an ongoing journey.
Looking back I think that I believed that I was “too good” and I became a people pleaser early in my life. With this intuition I believe that’s why I became so tuned in to people’s emotions.
As a child I didn’t feel loved or appreciated, and I didn’t have a sense of security. Over the years I’ve also been in and out of relationships all my life. Over and over again, I chose the wrong people. As a result, I have been suffering from anxiety and depression all my life.
Mateja Petje Background- Escaping with Academia
My “escape” and where I found solace was in my journaling, music, and in relationships. In my late twenties, after yet another painful break-up, my healing journey began in earnest.
Over two decades ago I moved to Miami in 1997 to join my ex husband. Soon after coming to the US my unhealthy marriage failed. You see my ex was an abusive alcoholic. He was a master at masking it and he refused to get help.
Leaving me no alternative I had no choice but to leave him. That’s when I really began working on myself. Over time I had worked with several therapists, coaches & healers. As a matter of preference I’ve come to embrace spirituality and mind-body healing practices. These are practices that I’ve been studying now over 15 years.
Mateja Petje Background- New Family
For me I’ve been blessed to create my new family. It consists of my friends who have been supporting and encouraging me during my journey. Then in December 2011 I met my fiance who is the light of my life (and my company’s marketing Guru). So I feel very blessed in so many ways.
All the challenges now make sense. Looking back those challenges were a blessing in disguise. I can relate to my clients’ emotional trauma and the challenges they are facing that much better. You see I’ve helped many of my clients that were abused or they suffered from anxiety.
Others suffered from depression, PTSD, losses, and failed relationships. With my help they are now leading healthy and fulfilling lives.
While still living in Slovenia, I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in English and Education. I’ve always been passionate about helping people. When I taught English for several years for example I had great success with a wide variety of age groups. In addition, I worked for the Slovenian government as a translator for the European Union.
In 1993, as part of my undergraduate education, I published my thesis. It was titled “The Development of Moral Judgment in the Field of Environmental Education”. My thesis was based on Kohlberg’s stages of moral development. The research was conducted among elementary school students.
My experience is vast including an extensive background working with families and at risk children and adolescents. Although now I primarily work with adults. I have more than fifteen years of experience as a counselor in the mental health field.
Back in 2008 I obtained my license in Marriage and Family Therapy. From there I went to work in the managed care industry while building my private practice in Broward County.
Holistic Psychotherapy Mateja Petje- Blog Related Resources
While you learn about me and my background it would make sense to visit these other Blog posts I’ve created. Especially this one below talking about the launch of the Holistic Coaching International website a few years ago.
Many of these Blogs contain information you might find invaluable to help you with stress, trauma, anxiety & so much more.
Years ago I also acquired extensive training as a Professional Life Coach at the Institute of Life Coach Training founded by Dr. Patrick Williams. This training is invaluable as it is specifically tailored to psychotherapists. As a result of this training, I am now better equipped to assist both my therapy and coaching clients.
Mateja Petje Background Neuro- Linguistic Programming (NLP) & other training
Furthermore, I was trained in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). This was by prominent Master Trainer in NLP and Hypnosis, Dr.Yvonne Oswald. Instead of spending years in therapy, my clients receive immediate and repeatedly positive results. They are able to change their beliefs and behaviors very rapidly.
Another great tool I use for myself and for my patients is my extensive training in Energy Medicine. More specifically, I have been studying Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). This has been integrated into my practice.
Thinking back I was fortunate to be trained by Gwenn Bonnell, EFT certified practitioner. Finally, I have also been a Reiki Level II practitioner since 2003. Reiki is an outstanding form of alternative medicine centered around “universal energy”.
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