Serving adults of all backgrounds with mental health concerns. Irini is originally from Australia, and has lived in NM for 14 years. Irini speaks Spanish and English fluently, having previously worked in Central America as a volunteer in human rights. Irini has experience working in a community behavioral health agency for several years, seeing individuals who were victims of crimes or who experienced traumatic or difficult events in childhood and beyond. Irini treats people on an individual basis, helping people move through grief and loss, improve relationships, and address career or life stage concerns as well as other mental health challenges.
If you struggle with difficult thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, Irini offers a person centered approach and utilizes ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy) to help clients to “get out of their heads and into their lives”. She uses ACT in a collaborative process to help clients with stress, anxiety, depression, isolation and procrastination, obsessive-compulsive disorder, chronic pain, substance abuse, and PTSD.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a very active form of therapy – not just talking about problems. In therapy with Irini, you will be learning skills to handle difficult thoughts and feelings more effectively, so they have less impact and influence over you. Like playing guitar, it needs practice both in session and between sessions. Irini will take time with you to clarify your values (what matters to you) and how you want to treat yourself and others. Irini wants you to leave at the end of each session with a plan of action – something you can take home and do between sessions that will make a positive difference to your life.
Irini has over 10 years of experience in studying, practicing and coaching in Non-violent communication (NVC) and mindfulness. She is experienced in EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and TAT (Tapas Acupressure Technique to release trauma) and CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training).