I'm Hiba, a Psychologist, practising in Lausanne and online.
I offer individual and group sessions and also regularly share content on my blog and social media.
A little about me...
I'm Hiba, a Psychologist, based in Lausanne and online.
A Swiss-Jordanian mix, I have a Masters Degree (MSc) in Psychology from the University of Lausanne (UNIL).
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) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). These are practical, evidence-based therapies shown to effectively help people change.
How I got here
As a child growing up between two cultures and never really feeling at home in either one, I became fascinated with humans and why we do what we do. This was probably an attempt to make sense of the world around me.
Studying psychology felt like a natural choice but towards the end of my university years, a close family member had a psychotic break and was diagnosed with schizophrenia.
This was devastating, and I no longer felt comfortable working in clinical settings - it felt too close to home at the time.
So I went into the corporate world instead, working for eight years in international communication agencies like Saatchi & Saatchi.
I loved applying human insights to better understand consumers and shoppers - and this experience also helped me understand how crazy and high-pressured working life can be.
At 29, I started to feel restless and was looking for more meaning in life. I took 6 months off to travel around the world with my then husband. It was wonderful, until I got sick at the end of the trip and discovered 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 started training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and this approach changed everything for me. It felt like the perfect blend of learning simple skills to better deal with emotions and thoughts combined with deep wisdom and practical steps to living a more meaningful life.
Self-compassion was also something that I discovered during this time through Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and applying the learnings to myself helped me through difficult moments in my own life, from struggles with infertility to divorce after being married for 11 years.
More recently, I completed Level 1 training of a body-based approach called Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.
I am fascinated with the link between the mind and the body and work with the belief that they are constantly in interaction with each other. My personal practises of yoga, dance and other forms of movement help me stay grounded and connected to myself. I also often recommend working with body-based therapies such as acupuncture, osteopathy or massage in parallel to our work together.
All of these approaches help me strive to live my life in line with what matters to me most: Growth, integrity, freedom, connection, being of service, exploration.
These are the values I strive to live by and to bring to the work I do through Wiser Humans.
Thank you for being here and for reading until the end!