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Dr Karastergiou offers counseling, psychotherapy sessions, consultations, "Creative Conscious Living Coaching" and "Creative Conscious Living Intensive" seminars for individual, couples, families and organizations. She's also available for supervisions and support for helping professionals who are seeking additional personal growth.

She offers sessions at a holistic center located in Athens, Greece. She's also available for face-to-face sessions twice a year in Paris, France.

She also works with great success with oversea clients or people who are unable to travel using phone sessions and online therapy.

Services are available through the scheduling & payment of a session. Each session is minimum 60 minutes long. Please click below on your choice or scroll down for specific details and types of counseling.

 
 
Types of Counseling     Ways of counseling
Counseling sessions for
individuals, couples
and families

in English, French & Greek
  Face to face counseling
Counseling for
cross-cultural issues
  Phone counseling
Life Coaching
"Raw Essence Coaching"
  Online counseling -
Skype sessions
 
 
 
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  Counseling for individuals, couples and families
   
 

Dr Karastergiou deals with a variety of issues and topics including the following :

  • Adolescent challenges
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic and life-challenging illnesses
  • Counseling for a person with two origins having cultural issues
  • Counseling for bicultural or 'mixed couples
  • Death and transition
  • Depression
  • Divorce mediation
  • Effective parenting
  • Personal growth / creativity / spirituality
  • Pregnancy and bonding
  • Relationship and family issues

Following closely the unique style and experience of each individual, trusting the inherent wisdom in every person and in the process itself each session constitutes a creative process. It may include one or more of the following approaches where appropriate: talking therapy, silence, breath work, art-making, affirmations, dream work, guided imagery, yoga/movement, meditation, role playing, etc.

Her objective is to offer an inspiring, confidential, safe, beautiful aesthetically, sacred setting where people feel comfortable, relaxed, in peace, in contact with their soul. A place in which they are able & willing to explore deep, various ways to deal with life's challenges. Working on personal growth, spirituality, creative, conscious living, enhances a sense of well-being and joy during the therapy. Honoring diversity in all its forms she enjoys working with people from different linguistic & cultural origins. She feels privileged to accompany the unfolding of a person's soul & assist to its evolving.

Over the years she realized that instead of seeking love, success, virtue, etc. it is more helpful to track down the barriers to those things within ourselves. Her beliefs concerning her healing work can best be summed up as: 'You are the expert in your life, and I help you remove the blocks to your expertise.' So, she can assist you to remove obstacles, track down the barriers, and thus trust your intuition, open your heart, awake your soul, find out your real purpose in life!'

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure… Playing small does not serve the world."

This is a reminder for us all to live out our vocation. That can be our own personal "power beyond measure."

   
   
 
 
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  Counseling for cross-cultural issues
   
 

Face-to-face sessions in Athens and Paris as well as sessions via phone or online are available for English, French & Greek speaking individuals who are dealing with unique situations involving cross-cultural issues anywhere in the world.
Dr Karastergiou's specialisation is Intercultural Intimate Relationships as well as Intercultural Parental Upbringing. She has written her PhD Thesis on this subject as well as a new book "Ode to Alterite", which is going to be published soon.

  • Effective bi/multi- cultural &/or bi/multi- lingual upbringing
  • Issues stemming from bi/multi-lingual and/or bi/multi-cultural upbringing
  • Relationship issues of an intercultural or 'mixed' couple
  • Issues stemming from a divorce or separation of an intercultural or 'mixed' couple
     

About the Counselor and her interest in cross-cultural issues

Many people seek counseling with Dr Karastergiou for her ability to speak Greek, English & French combined with her life experiences in different countries. She was born and raised in Greece. She has also lived, studied and worked in Canada (Montreal, Toronto). and France (Paris) for almost 20 years. She stays in Paris a couple of times a year, where she offers sessions and workshops. Experiencing different cultures has been an important part of her life path, since she has been given many opportunities throughout her life to travel and diaglogue with people in many places across the globe. 

Ever since she was young, she has been fascinated by cross-cultural issues. What does a person experience internally and externally when encountering a different culture? What unique characteristics each culture has? How does one's native language, culture and land influence his/her psyche? What is the right approach to facilitate understanding between people from different cultural & linguistic backgrounds?  Over the years she has conducted numerous researches across Europe on intercultural communication, intercultural relationships, bi/multi-lingual & bi/multi-cultural parental upbringing etc. She has attended a lot of seminars, courses, conferences, workshops to learn facilitation work for diversity issues.

All people share universal issues and common grounds as human beings. At the same time, many people living in multi-cultural situations & working with Dr Karastergiou have commented that they feel understood by her because of her intercultural experiences. That her direct experiences and knowledge in different cultures had been the essential factors when choosing her to assist them.

   
   
 
 
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  Life Coaching - Raw Essence Coaching
   
 

Are you ready to let go old patterns, behaviors, attitudes unfolding in a different, more conscious way?
Are you ready to grow, change, evolve, connect with your Inner Self ?
Are you ready for the next step in your unfolding?

An offer of coaching services that will support your unique professional and personal development is available today online as well for people who prefer to work with a coach rather than a counselor.
There are many approaches to development.  The RAW ESSENCE COACHING is an exceptional, powerful, comprehensive approach for:

  • A couple wanting to deepen and widen their way of relating and evolving
  • An artist dreaming to embrace a more colourful, inspiring, spiritual level of creating
  • An executive looking for a career change or becoming stronger, more effective on the professional level
  • A leader feeling that a non authoritarian leadership is more optimal, learning thus to inspire respect with talent & charisma rather than imposing respect with strict rules
  • Parents aspiring to a more effective upbringing of their children
  • A therapist desiring to make better use of the complex elements of the therapeutic practice
  • A person wanting to be assisted during transition to vegetarian, vegan or raw vegan/fruitarian lifestyle
  • etc

Striving toward realisation of the supreme possibilities that life on Earth provides, the more vividly the striving is expressed and the more clearly the realisation is formulated, the more powerfully the striving creates.
In your strive to more awareness, & conscious living RAW ESSENCE COACHING is assisting, accompanying, supporting you.

How ?

- Asking and seeking and knocking involve an enormous amount of work on the part of a person.

- Some people ignore how to wish. They ignore the path leading to creativity. They do not know how to direct their desires toward achievement. Whereas, each conscious aspiring thought can liberate the spirit from unconsciously being occupied in useless tasks.

- Let conscious thought continue to work. People do not keep pace with the flight of their thoughts, yet none the less thought leads the world ! The more conscious, subtle, fiery our thoughts are the greater the achievements, the more creative & thus joyful our lives become.

- Under one condition though: search for new ways! The conditions of the future will be so unusual ! It will be impossible to proceed by the old ways. Escaping from the old ways of proceeding is necessary! Let's find new ways! Let's discover new paths! Let's work hard to manifest the New! Keep the search on, consciously, creatively, courageously, sincerely, joyously.

These challenging times call for developing more capacities, greater presence and deeper wisdom so that the decisions taken each day come from a place of balance, ease, and wisdom. You're invited to find out how you can do this.  By working with another trained person who assists you to let go of old ways inhibiting you from evolving. And accompanying you in replacing them with new ways of being in closer connection with your present life. It's always fascinating hearing how your world is changed as a result of your committed work with the RAW ESSENCE COACHING services!

   
   
 
 
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  Face to face counseling
   
 

This is the typical way of counseling which is done when the therapist and the client actually meet. Following closely the unique style and experience of each individual, trusting the inherent wisdom in every person and in the process itself each session constitutes a creative process. It may include one or more of the following approaches where appropriate: talking therapy, silence, breath work, art-making, affirmations, dream work, guided imagery, yoga/movement, meditation, role playing, etc.

Maria Karastergiou's objective is to offer an inspiring, confidential, safe, beautiful aesthetically, sacred setting where people feel comfortable, relaxed, in peace, in contact with their soul. A place in which they are able & willing to explore deep, various ways to deal with life's challenges. Working on personal growth, spirituality, creative, conscious living, enhances a sense of well-being and joy during the therapy. Honoring diversity in all its forms she enjoys working with people from different linguistic & cultural origins. She feels privileged to accompany the unfolding of a person's soul & assist to its evolving.

   
   
 
 
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  Phone Counseling
   
 

The phone session is the most viable service for those clients who prefer rather not be seen. Providing therapy using only audio sessions is possible if you feel that talking without video, can help to reduce embarrassment or anxiety.
Phone sessions are wonderful alternatives for people who are unable to visit therapy offices.

Dr Karastergiou treats phone sessions the same way she does with face-to-face sessions. She still shares a common field with the person during the phone session even through a long distance separates them. Creating a loving space in which communication is clear & the connection is deep & sincere. Any subtle information that comes through the tone of your voice, the atmosphere, the images, feelings, intuitions that occur during the session are effectively shared, examined, analyzed contributing to a better understanding of the healing process.

Although phone sessions allow you to connect through your own setting please make sure to create a private setting free of distractions and other people's presence during the session time as well as some time ahead & after the session.
It is advised to use a headset so that you have your hands free if you want to take notes during your sessions.

   
   
 
 
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  Online Counseling
   
 

Online counseling is growing fast. More & more therapists are using actually this new tool. Online counseling sessions could be the next evolution in therapy tools with more therapists and individuals turning to video tools such as Skype to conduct sessions. According to a report from the New York Times, more psychiatrists and psychologists are now using online video conferencing tools like Skype to counsel people. The reasoning for this is to give people more flexibility in scheduling their appointments as well as having sessions in the comfort of their own home. This also means that the chances of appointments being cancelled or changed is very unlikely.

Online sites have grown in popularity for their services with certain among them employing over 900 psychiatrists, psychologists, counsellors and coaches in only two years of existence. The belief is that this method of counselling will take off as it will give people instant access to therapists while saving on costs such as transport.

While the method is growing in popularity and is suited for those suffering certain conditions such as agoraphobia, anxiety, depression, OCD, etc, some therapists are against this practice as there is the risk of losing a connection during a critical moment in a session. However as younger therapists and individuals are more likely to adapt and use these services, the trend is expected to grow over the next few years.

When you see a therapist for the first time it can be a time of some anxiety. Face to face sessions sometimes can seem worse than the problem itself. This can inhibit an individual from seeking a therapy when an issue arises. Being able to stay unseen by the therapist for some people can facilitate the process of seeking a therapy sooner and thus find help faster. Entering therapy in the early stages of any personal difficulty will allow for faster results and less time needed in therapy. This is an effective way of talking to your therapist being in the comfort of your own setting, Online interaction also gives you the option to reflect or re read your communication with the therapist. Some people tend to feel embarrassed or not motivated enough to come to the counseling session if it is a face to face.

Counselling online it's convenient, low cost and most importantly comfortable! It is surprising how effective Skype therapy sessions are. Although client and therapist may be thousands of miles apart, it feels like you are in the same room. It's becoming very popular for people in remote areas or people who are unable to leave home because of mobility problems or for those with agoraphobia etc Online therapy in Australia, for instance, is very common, because a lot of people live in isolated communities where there are few, if any, counselors.

Online Psycotherapy and Counseling is becoming more popular than ever for busy people. The number of people who prefer to have therapy sessions in the comfort of their own homes rather than driving to a therapist's office has increased dramatically. All agree that online sessions using Skype or other videocam formats is less intimidating than face-to-face sessions and that they feel generally more relaxed and in charge of the process. This is good, because the purpose of any form of therapy, consultation, teaching or coaching is to give you the tools you need in order to live a more balanced & happier life.

Although the process is highly effective, it may not work for everyone. Online services are not suitable when a person is experiencing acute distress or when recognising that is in danger of self-harming and/or harming others. In such instances, please call an emergency number, head for a nearest hospital with A&E (Accident & Emergency) facility, or contact your GP, family doctor, or your family member as soon as possible.

Face to face sessions will always be the unique practice for these problems But for everything else it's an effective alternative to use. Sincerity, responsibility, maturity, are key factors in the success of the process.  Read FAQ section: Is Online Therapy for everyone?

Dr Karastergiou has a strong commitment and dedication to help people through difficult and challenging times in their lives. She has been providing this online therapy service the last six years One of the first therapists to use online services, having a very good understanding concerning them.

   
   
 
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  Skype sessions
   
 

Skype sessions are just like phone sessions with the difference that if you have a webcam, you can also have video conferencing sessions where you can see your therapist & vice versa. Skype is a free software that allows you to call, chat, make video calls through the internet connection. The best part is that you can make calls for free. For more information and download, please click here.

Dr Karastergiou provides online sessions over the Internet using Skype software. They're both effective and easy to use while keeping the cost of the therapy low.

For fees, booking, and practical information on the Skype sessions, please click here.
 

Positive benefits of online therapy:

  • No problems with parking or time waste in transport
  • No one need ever know you've consulted a therapist online
  • You can receive therapy from the comfort and safety of your own home or office
  • You may find it easier to talk online about some problems you find embarrassing
  • More flexible appointments, including weekends and late evenings
  • Physical disability is no longer a problem
  • Feel more relaxed talking about personal problems
  • No need to sit in a waiting room before the appointment
  • Online therapy services can help people in rural or remote areas
  • If you're working long hours or unusual shifts
  • Confidential
  • Lower cost

Telephone:   210-6779293  ή  6976443232 

Skype contact details:

Skype username:   mariakarastergiou
Email: mariakarastergiou@gmail.com

   
   
 
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