I'm Hiba, a Psychologist and Coach, based in Geneva + Lausanne. I offer individual and group sessions, both in person + online.
I also write regularly on my own blog as well as international websites such as The Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen and Elephant Journal.
A little about me...
I'm Hiba, a Psychologist and Coach, based in Geneva and Lausanne, Switzerland and also working internationally online.
A Swiss-Jordanian mix, I have a Masters Degree in Psychology from the University of Lausanne.
I am a member of the Swiss Federation of Psychologists (FSP), the Genevan Association of Psychologists (AGPsy) and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS).
I am also a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN).
I mostly use a mindfulness-based behavioural approach called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) which is about helping people make concrete changes so they can live life in line with their values. I also integrate Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and coaching into sessions.
I have always been fascinated by humans.
Growing up in an Arab household, I remember sitting quietly in a corner and listening to my mother talking on the phone to her friends, trying to make sense of human interactions and emotions.
As a teen, I had a secret passion for hanging out in public places like train stations and observing people. My friends would often tell me to stop analyzing everything and everyone.
They also told me to study Psychology, which I did, and loved. But I didn’t feel ready at 22 to work in the field, and I went into communication / consumer market research instead, working for 8 years in international communication agencies like Saatchi & Saatchi.
This experience helps me understand how crazy and high-pressured working life can be. I get it. I will not tell you to just relax or to tell your boss to back off.
At 29, I took 6 months off to travel around the world. It was wonderful, until I got sick at the end of the trip and discovered by chance that I had a genetic kidney disease.
This was a wake-up call, a realization that life is not unlimited and that I couldn’t keep treating myself in the unhealthy ways of my 20’s. I started making changes to the way I ate, and lived and most importantly, to the way I treated myself.
After becoming slightly obsessed with healthy eating and studying at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I decided to leave my corporate position and start Healthwise.ch, a health coaching business.
I also went back to my first love, Psychology, and started training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT).
Applying the learnings from these approaches to myself helped me relate very differently to my constant dissatisfaction with my body and my life, to all the fears and doubts that were holding me back from living.
They brought a gentle, compassionate approach to human suffering that enabled me to drop the struggle with myself and start living a life in line with what matters to me most: Freedom, connection, being of service, growth, exploration, integrity.
Living with a chronic disease reminds me that we all have precious little time on this earth to do what matters to us, to be in the kind of relationships we truly desire, to live a life we really want to be living.
This is the approach I strive to live by and to bring to the work I do through Wiser Humans and in my work with clients.